Did Tykwer’s 2009 ‘The International’ Predict Banker Deaths?

In film analysis found in alternative news it is often the norm to look for hidden symbols and all-pervasive evil codes, as if every artistic venture were controlled by shadowy black ops commanders and occultists

By Jay | Jay’s Analysis

We must avoid being too negative and falling into a myopic view of the world. Some films are good propaganda and deliver a positive message: One of those positive messages is found in The International. Tom Tykwer’s 2009 film is a stunning expose of the true to life inner workings of the global banking crime syndicate, otherwise known as the new world order. And as an even more interesting question, did Tywker’s film also predict or foreshadow the deaths of numerous high level bankers of late?

The film stars Naomi Watts as a New York Assistant District Attorney “Eleanor Whitman” and Clive Owen as Interpol agent “Louis Salinger” on the trail of the killer(s) of a prominent banker Interpol is trying to flip from the IBBC, the International Bank of Business and Credit.  The IBBC in the film matches up to a couple real banks, like the Bank for International Settlements, the BIS, or the BCCI, the Bank of Credit and Commerce International.   The first is the elite Swiss Bank seated at the top of the world banking empire in Basle Switzerland.  A product of the last century of globalization, Council on Foreign Relations historian Dr. Carroll Quigley gives the inside skinny in his Tragedy and Hope  and discusses Lord Milner’s Round Table Groups, upon which the RIIA, Council on Foreign Relations and the elite BIS are based.  Quigley writes:

“The powers of financial capitalism had a far-reaching plan, nothing less than to create a world system of financial control in private hands able to dominate the political system of each country and the economy of the world as a whole… Their secret is that they have annexed from governments, monarchies, and republics the power to create the world’s money…  -pg. 324

The BCCI was the notorious CIA front bank used for money laundering for terrorist operations, including the famous Iran Contra scandal.  At the time, it was the world’s seventh largest bank and was tied in to everything from drug trafficking to mass swindling operations to fund black operations worldwide.  The BCCI had hardly any regulation, which is precisely the goal any international institution desires in tandem with covert intelligence agencies that need off the books funding.  The following news clip summarizes the 80s news event that was Iran Contra and BCCI:

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Thus, whether the film may be using IBBC for BCCI or the BIS, it is undoubtedly symbolic of the entire world banking system that is admitted by Dr. Quigley to be an international cartel that exists to control and own all.  In the plot, Salinger and Whitman track down a hit man who is contracted by the IBBC to assassinate first, a banking snitch, and then billionaire Italian arms dealer and political candidate, Umberto Calvini.  The IBBC arranges the assassination of Calvini to be blamed on the “Red Brigades,” which echoes the famous NATO “Operation Gladio” which included “stay behind” operations where terror acts and political assassinations would be blamed on communists.


Tykwer appears to be hinting that Gladio and Euro terror are actually covert elite banking operations.  However, the bank isn’t just funding “right wing terror.”  In the midst of these intrigues in the narrative, it is revealed the IBBC is also funding the communistic Revolutionary Freedom Front of “Niberia” (Liberia), in order to profit from the destabilization. Calvini leaks the secret to the investigators before his assassination: “IBBC is to become the sole broker to the third world.  It’s about control.  The goal is to control the debt.  The real value of a conflict is in the debt.  You control the debt, you control it all.”

Salinger then discovers the IBBC had hired the same hit man to also assassinate IMF chief Stefan Heuss in Brussels prior to his investigation, leading to a pattern.  Through these connections, Salinger uncovers the hit man  and the consultant the bank hired to be his handler.  Former German Stasi and Communist Col. Wexler reveals to Salinger his reasoning for working for the IBBC, his supposed enemy:

“Justice is an illusion.  The system guarantees the IBBC safety.  Everyone is involved.  Hezbollah, CIA, Colombian drug cartels, Russian organized crime, Iran, Germany, China, every government – your government, every international corporation needs a bank like IBBC so they can operate within the gray and black latitudes.”

Rarely does one see such a succinct, realistic statement in a Hollywood script.  Col. Wexler is spot on – this is how the real world works.  IBBC and its affiliates fund both sides of conflicts in order to profit from the destabilization through debt and reconstruction.  This is what the US has done in all of its targeted nations, from Iraq to Ukraine, seeking to bring those nations ultimately under total IMF and World Bank control, under the BIS.

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When Salinger discovers Jonas Skarssen, chairman of the IBBC has a plan to play both sides of an Israeli/Arab conflict through a Turkish arms dealer, Salinger seeks to expose Skarssen, and revealing the intell of Skarssen’s plans to his enemies and the Italian mob.  The Calvini sons assassinate Mr. White of the IBBC, tallying up another banker hit.  As Salinger tracks down Skarssen to kill him, Skarssen’s hit men arrive to kill Col. Wexler while Calvini’s hit man, having used Salinger to get to Skarssen all along, shoot Skarssen.  In total, five top banking officials are killed in the film, which premiered in 2009, but the script was written throughout the 80s and 90s by Eric Warren Singer, which shows it was also prescient concerning the 2008 banking collapse and banker bailout.

However, even more striking is the possibility that Tywker’s film could have possibly foreseen the recent rash of dozens of elite banking officials suddenly and mysteriously dying or supposedly committing “suicide.”  Max Keiser reported in March there were up to 20 dead at that time, while  ZeroHedge chronicled in March more of the deaths that had made the news at that time:

“Not a week seems to pass without some banker or trader committing suicide. Today we get news of the latest such tragic event with news that 28-year old Kenneth Bellando, a former JP Morgan banker, current employee of Levy Capital, and brother of a top chief investment officer of JPM, jumped to his death from his 6th floor East Side apartment on March 12.

And so another young life is tragically taken before his time, the 11th financial professional to commit suicide in 2014, and the third in as many weeks. How many more to come?

In summary, here are all the recent untimely financial professional deaths we have witnessed in recent months:

1 – William Broeksmit, 58-year-old former senior executive at Deutsche Bank AG, was found dead in his home after an apparent suicide in South Kensington in central London, on January 26th.

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2 – Karl Slym, 51 year old Tata Motors managing director Karl Slym, was found dead on the fourth floor of the Shangri-La hotel in Bangkok on January 27th.

3 – Gabriel Magee, a 39-year-old JP Morgan employee, died after falling from the roof of the JP Morgan European headquarters in London on January 27th.

4 – Mike Dueker, 50-year-old chief economist of a US investment bank was found dead close to the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in Washington State.

5 – Richard Talley, the 57 year old founder of American Title Services in Centennial, Colorado, was found dead earlier this month after apparently shooting himself with a nail gun.

6 – Tim Dickenson, a U.K.-based communications director at Swiss Re AG, also died last month, however the circumstances surrounding his death are still unknown.

7 – Ryan Henry Crane, a 37 year old executive at JP Morgan died in an alleged suicide just a few weeks ago.  No details have been released about his death aside from this small obituary announcement at the Stamford Daily Voice.

8 – Li Junjie, 33-year-old banker in Hong Kong jumped from the JP Morgan HQ in Hong Kong this week.

9 – James Stuart Jr, Former National Bank of Commerce CEO, found dead in Scottsdale, Ariz., the morning of Feb. 19. A family spokesman did not say whatcaused the death

10 – Edmund (Eddie) Reilly, 47, a trader at Midtown’s Vertical Group, committed suicide by jumping in front of LIRR train

11 – Kenneth Bellando, 28, a trader at Levy Capital, formerly investment banking analyst at JPMorgan, jumped to his death from his 6th floor East Side apartment.”

At JaysAnalysis, I have considered the connections of numerous films with recent events as incidents of “predictive programming,” revelation of the method and secret intelligence communication.  While I do not have any certain knowledge that Tykwer and his screenplay were certainly predicting a rash of suspicious banker deaths, I can say the connections are worth noting.  Even if the connection is coincidental, the message of the film is not – the international banking cartel that runs the world was planned long ago, and in this case, reality trumps fiction.

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This article originally appeared on Jay’s Analysis.