Inspired by John le Carré's novelization of his experiences of the revelations in the 1950s and the 1960s which exposed the Cambridge Five traitors, among them Guy Burgess, Donald Maclean, and Kim Philby, as KGB moles employed by the SIS.
Set in the 1970s, TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY finds George Smiley, a recently retired MI6 agent, doing his best to adjust to a life outside the secret service. However, when a disgraced agent reappears with information concerning a mole at the heart of the Circus, Smiley is drawn back into the murky field of espionage. Tasked with investigating which of his trusted former colleagues has chosen to betray him and their country, Smiley narrows his search to four suspects - all experienced, urbane, successful agents - but past histories, rivalries and friendships make it far from easy to pinpoint the man who is eating away at the heart of the British establishment.
John Le Carre's internationally famous hero, British Secret Service Agent George Smiley, has a world-class problem. He has discovered a mole-a Soviet double agent who has managed to burrow his way up to the highest level of British Intelligence. Under the direction of Karla, Smiley's equivelent in the Soviet Union, the agent has already blown some of the most vital secret operations and most productive networks. Now-how can Smiley use a lifetime's worth of espionage skills to ferret out a spy who posseses them as well?
When I first met John le Carré, he was very clear about his wishes regarding the film version of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy: "Please don't shoot the book or re-make the TV series. They already exist. I'm not going to interfere, but you can call me anytime if there is anything you wonder about"; I think we have obeyed him to the letter. Of course you cannot encompass every detail in a book of 349 pages at the movies, but you can take themes and strands and moments and try to describe what you see. I think we've made a film about loyalty and ideals - values that are extremely relevant, perhaps mostly because they are so rare these days?
Character: Roy Bland (Soldier)
Co-stars: Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Ralph Fiennes and David Thewlis
Director: Thomas Alfredson
Screenplay: Bridget O'Connor, Peter Straughan
Run-time: 127 mn
Release date: Sept. 16, 2011 - UK,IRL, Nov. 18, 2011 - USA
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