Billion Dollar Brain

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Billion Dollar Brain
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Film poster
Country UKD.jpg UK
Directed by Ken Russell
Release Date 1967
Distributor United Artists
Main Cast
Character Actor
Harry Palmer Michael Caine
Leo Newbigen Karl Malden
Colonel Ross Guy Doleman
Anya Françoise Dorléac
Gen. Midwinter Ed Begley
Colonel Stock Oskar Homolka


Billion Dollar Brain is the third installment in the original trilogy of Harry Palmer films that began with 1965's The Ipcress File. Michael Caine returned as Palmer and the film was adapted from another one of the Len Deighton novels and was directed by Ken Russell (Lisztomania).


The following weapons were used in the film Billion Dollar Brain:

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Handguns

Walther PPK

Harry Palmer (Michael Caine) carries a Walther PPK in the film.

Walther PPK - .380 ACP
Harry with his PPK drawn.
Col. Ross (Guy Doleman) returns Harry's PPK.

Smith & Wesson Model 38 Bodyguard

Several characters use the Smith & Wesson Model 38 Bodyguard during the film.

Smith & Wesson Model 38 Bodyguard .38 Special
A close up of the revolver as used by one of Gen. Midwinter's agents.
In a continuity error a member of the Crusade for Freedom checks his 38 Bodygaurd.
Basil (Milo Sperber) also carries a 38 Bodyguard.
Anya using her 38 Bodyguard.

Colt Official Police

General Midwinter's guards carry Colt Official Police revolvers and one is briefly seen being loaded by a member of the Crusade for Freedom.

Colt Official Police - .38 Special
One of Gen. Midwinter's guards with the Colt.
Two guards armed with Colts.
A member of The Crusade for Freedom is seen loading a Colt Official before departing on the mission. In a continuity error this pistol changes to the Smith and Wesson above (probably due to the interior shots being filmed in the UK, whilst exterior shots were in Finland, so the same props were not available).

Unidentified pistol

The butt of a revolver is seen poking out of the holster of a KGB soldier. It cannot be identified accurately but judging from the but shape and grips would likely be a Colt Official Police (as above).

The butt of the revolver can be seen in the holster on the right.

Submachine Guns

MP40

Some of General Midwinter's troops are equipped with MP40 submachine guns.

MP40 9mm
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Rifles

Sturmgewehr 44

These weapons are carried by General Midwinters troops and one is also briefly seen being used by a Soviet soldier.

Sturmgewehr 44 - 7.92 Kurz
StG44 being used by a Soviet soldier. As with a number of 60's films it stands in for an AK rifle.
The soldier on the far right (circled) is carrying an StG44.
The soldier in the background (circled) is carrying an unloaded StG44.
Gen. Midwinter’s troops ready for action, armed with StG44 rifles. The troops seated at the far end are actually equipped with MP40s.

M1 Carbine

The M1 Carbine is seen being used by General Midwinter (Ed Begley) and briefly by one of his soldiers in the ice scene.

Late Model M1 Carbine - .30 Carbine
General Midwinter uses an M1 Carbine on his personal firing range.
M1 Carbine in the ice scene.

Winchester Model 1873

General Midwinter (Ed Begley) is also seen using a Winchester Model 1873.

The 1873 "Short Rifle" model with octagon barrel
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Birmingham Small Arms Lee-Speed Sporter

Leo Newbegin (Karl Malden) uses a Birmingham Small Arms Lee-Speed Sporter, during the assassination mission.

Two well preserved specimens of Lee-Speed Sporters
Leo with the Lee Sporter.
The Lee’s magazine is visible at the bottom of the pic.
Detail of the bolt.

Machine Guns

Vickers K machine gun

Vickers K machine guns are seen twin mounted on one of the Tankers.

Vickers K Machine Gun - .303 British
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Trivia

General Midwinter’s gunroom

There are numerous weapons on display including double barrel shotguns and lever action rifles, These are indistinct so identification is a problem.

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Tanker weapons

The converted tankers are also fitted with mocked up turrets carrying Browning style machinegun barrels and missiles.

Various mock turrets are evident in this image.
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