Caine is one of the icons of the 20th century. Such starring roles in Alfie, The Italian Job, Zulu and Sleuth were all his as well as Len Deighton's irreverent Cockney secret agent Harry Palmer in The IPCRESS File, Funeral In Berlin and Billion Dollar Brain. Harry Palmer was renowned for being one of the first English film heroes to wear spectacles and thus encourage generations of speccy Billy-no-mates to become a spy. Caine is also famous for the wide and varying quality of his films - he freely admits to be a cheque-book actor. Whatever pays the bills, I suppose. He has won countless awards, including 2 Oscars. He became Sir Michael Caine in the Queen's Birthday Honours List in June 2000. He also happens to be a king among men

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