Based on the book by Len Deighton. As the Cold War comes to an end, Harry Palmer faces a world of grave uncertainty. The British Secret Service decides it no longer hasĀ  use for its top agent and Harry must come to terms with the possibility of early retirement. Out to prove that a good agent is hard to come by, Palmer is soon approached by a wealthy Russian businessman who wants him to track down a stolen bio-chemical weapon called the Red Death, which is aboard a train headed to Beijing.