Billion Dollar Brain

Date: 1967
Director: Ken Russell
Production Company: Jovera S.A., Lowndes Productions Limited

Stars: Michael Caine, Guy Doleman, Oskar Homolka, Karl Malden, Ed Begley, Françoise Dorléac, Vladek Sheybal
Location(s): Helsinki, Turku, Porvoo, Isleworth, London

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Storyline:

After leaving the British Secret Service to work as a private investigator, Harry Palmer is chosen by a computer for an assignment to take a package to Helsinki.

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Colonel Ross about to break into Harry Palmer's office above Ray's Surgical Stores at the junction of Pentonville Road with Grays Inn Road in London N1.

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Taken a while ago, while so much was boarded up. SJ

Palmer takes a taxi to the West London Air Terminal in Cromwell Road, Kensington SW7. The terminal closed in 1973.

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All gone, though the architecture slightly mirrors what once was. SJ

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Harry Palmer (Michael Caine) arrives in a freezing cold Helsinki dressed for the British climate. On Mannerheimvägen with Eduskuntatalom, the Finnish Parliament House, in the background.

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Palmer walks along Mannerheimvagen, Helsinki.

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Palmer decides to get clothing to suit the weather in the Stockmann department store. Mannerheimvagen, Helsinki, Finland.

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Palmer meets with Anya (Françoise Dorléac). Lake Töölö, Helsinki, Finland.

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The pair walk across the frozen Lake Töölö.

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On a ferry to Dr. Kaarna's island in the South Harbour, Helsinki with Norra Esplanaden in the background.

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Running to the house on the island after Palmer and Anya meet with Leo Newbigen who says that he is Dr. Kaarna. Unidentified location.

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Palmer searches for the real Dr. Kaarna and walks along Etelaranta, Helsinki with the South Harbour to the right.

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Palmer heads for the real Dr. Kaarna's house on the banks of Lake Töölö.

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After Dr. Kaarna is found murdered, Ross threatens to hand Palmer over to the police unless he works for British Intelligence. Sofiegaten, Helsinki with Helsinki Cathedral in the background.

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Leo and Palmer go to self styled 'General' Midwinter's castle and access a terminal of the Billion Dollar Brain. Turku Castle, Turku, Finland.

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Palmer and Leo observe Anya on the steps of Uspenski Cathedral, Kanalgatan, Helsinki. Also seen at the start of The Jigsaw Man.

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Leo Newbigen (Karl Malden) prepares to shoot Anya. Uspenski Cathedral, Kanalgatan, Helsinki.

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After Leo doesn't shoot Anya, his lover, Palmer goes to meet her at an Ice Hockey match. Helsingin Jäähalli (Helsinki Ice Hall) Nordenskiöldinkatu, Helsinki.

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The 'Brain' sends Palmer to Latvia and after he is dropped off by plane he makes his way to the nearest town. Alongside the old railway line looking towards Nya Bron, Porvoo, Finland.

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Palmer arrives in Riga played by Porvoo, and just a few metres from where he boarded the train in image bdb015. In the centre background is Porvoo Cathedral with the towns distinctive 'salt houses' along the riverside. The railway closed to passengers in 1981 and is now a tourist line.

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Panning shot from image bdb016. Nya Bron, the bridge over Porvoonjoki (Porvoo River).

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Palmer heads for the hotel where he unexpectedly meets the Soviet, Colonel Stok. Jokikatu from Nya Bron, Porvoo.

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Heading to rendezvous with the Latvian 'Crusade for Freedom' terrorists. Unknown location.

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After a failed terrorist attack, Palmer is captured by the Soviets. Unknown location.

When Palmer is released by Colonel Stok he is taken to Texas to meet 'General' Midwinter at his mansion. Osterley Park House, Isleworth, Middlesex.

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Dave Wood took the same location now, without Midwinter's logo.

Midwinters guards await Leo and Palmers arrival. Osterley Park House.

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This time in daylight. Image by Dave Wood.

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Back in Helsinki, Palmer tries to find Anya and Leo. The Javelin Thrower by Lapsus.

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Anya heads for the railway station to meet Leo and escape to Moscow. Peter Trowles identifies this as Helsinki Central Railway Station on Asema-aukio off Kaivokatu.

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Palmer heads for the station to catch up with Anya and Leo with what looks to be the Parliament House of Finland in the background. Likely to be Töölönlahdenkatu near the railway station, Helsinki.

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Near the Soviet border, double agent Anya departs on a train leaving Leo with Palmer. Unidentified location.

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The train heads for the Soviet border. Unknown location.

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