John Barry - Main Title (The Ipcress File: Original Soundtrack Album)
“The Ipcress File represents Barry’s only significant non-Bond spy scoring. Barry avoids the bombast of a typical Bond score by using smaller scale orchestration featuring vibes, piano, guitar, and most notably, a cimbalom (a melancholy-sounding stringed instrument traditionally played by Hungarian Jews or gypsies).
‘The Ipcress File was like my homage to The Third Man,’ Barry recounted. ‘I knew that was how I wanted to do it from the start, but obviously I wasn’t going to use a zither.’”
-Kristopher Spencer, Film and television scores, 1950-1979