BULLET TO BEIJING marks the return of Harry Palmer, the unflappable British spy memorably played by Michael Caine in THE IPCRESS FILE (1965) and its sequels. Unfortunately, a lot of espionage has gone under the Berlin Wall since Glasnost, and the international tensions seem less genuine
in the '90s. The film was released theatrically in Europe, but had its American premiere on cable before a home-video release in 1997.
Forced into early redundancy, secret agent Harry Palmer (Michael Caine) gladly abandons British red tape for a freelance gig for Russian magnate Alex (Michael Gambon). But Alex's allegedly humanitarian job offer, which involves reappropriating a s...