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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
28th January 1983 Singer Billy Fury died in hospital in Paddington after collapsing at home in Wales.
28th January 1951 La Vie Commence Demain, which depicted artificial insemination and is the 1st X-rated movie, opened in London
28th January 1833 Born today: Charles George Gordon, London, general (China, Khartoum)
28th January 1807 German inventor Frederick Winsor lit the first gas lights.
Ipcress File Employment Agency
Dalby Domestic Employment Bureau - Michael Caine's Favourite
Location: 30 Grosvenor Gardens, SW1V
Description: Made on location around London, 'The Ipcress File' was the first of three Harry Palmer spy movies from Len Deighton's books.
Director Sidney J Furie had little faith in the script (he claims to have set fire to a copy on the first day of shooting), and tricks the movie out with modish Sixties angles and framings.
And to this very spot...30 Grosvenor Gardens at Ebury Street, Victoria, SW1, was the 'Dalby Domestic Employment Bureau', the staffing agency used as a front for Major Dalby's outfit, to which Harry Palmer gets transferred.
Much of the movie was shot within the building, which was entirely taken over for the production.