John Barry - Meeting with Grantby & Fight (via The Ipcress File: Original Soundtrack Album)
Q. It’s a much more low-key score and film [as compared to Barry’s scores for James Bond films]
John Barry: Absolutely. Even the fight scenes. All the Bond scenes were all loud noises. But in The Ipcress File, [director] Sidney Furie did this lovely fight scene outside of Albert Hall, where they’re in the distance, on the top of the steps, and I have that arpeggio music going against it, and it was wonderful.
Because you saw these two stupid men. It made you realize how stupid physical violence is. It had such a different effect, and I think a very penetrating effect, from what violence in the movies is all about.
-excerpted from Overtones and undertones: Reading Film Music