Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

#1
Just finished rewatching this great series and about to start Smileys People.

Has any one seen the new remake with Colin Firth yet- or read any reviews?
 
#2
No but I doubt it'll match the original one, that great cast and particularly Alec Guinness as Smiley. Seems a bit of a waste redoing it when their are other Le Carre's out there.
 
#3
It might be interesting as a full length movie though. If someone can give me a US release date?
 

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#4
This is the one John Irvine (Hamburger Hill fame) brilliant director
 
#6
Thanks LPJ
 
#7
Strangely, I bumped into Benedict Cumberbatch today.

No duff.
 
#9
Strangely, I bumped into Benedict Cumberbatch today.

No duff.
I hope you offered him an apology for not looking where you were going?
 
#10
Spies like us: New films by David Hare and John le Carré show human side of the intelligence services - Features, TV & Radio - The Independent

The veteran author said:
"The film, through my very personal prism, is a triumph. And if people write to me and say, 'How could you let this happen to poor Alec Guinness,' I shall reply that, if 'poor Alec' had witnessed Oldman's performance, he would have been the first to give it a standing ovation. It's not the film of the book. It's the film of the film, and to my eye a work of art in its own right. I'm very proud to have provided Alfredson with the material, but what he made of it is wonderfully his own."
 
#11
£11 for both TTSS + SP doublebill in HMV.

If only the BBC had made the second book into a series.
Yes it would have been expensive
Yes it would have been a success
Yes the yanks stealing the Ko brothers, would have reinforced the perception that the CIA are a bunch of Cowboys.

A Perfect Spy is both a good book to red while watching Ray McAnally shine.
 
#12
I'm going to reserve judgement on the new Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy movie. Wait til I see it and hope Gary Oldman's performance and the script capture the essence of not only the book but the cult-status BBC production. Whilst Alec Guinness portrayed a brilliant George Smiley it was a masterpiece of story-telling, expectation and revelation by an accomplished cast of actors. A very hard act to follow. But bringing one of Le Carre's best books to life again will undoubtedly lead to a new generation of followers and it automatically leaves the door open for the ubiquitous sequel - Smiley's People. Certainly gets a thumbs up from me.
 
#14
I'm going to reserve judgement on the new Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy movie. Wait til I see it and hope Gary Oldman's performance and the script capture the essence of not only the book but the cult-status BBC production. Whilst Alec Guinness portrayed a brilliant George Smiley it was a masterpiece of story-telling, expectation and revelation by an accomplished cast of actors. A very hard act to follow. But bringing one of Le Carre's best books to life again will undoubtedly lead to a new generation of followers and it automatically leaves the door open for the ubiquitous sequel - Smiley's People. Certainly gets a thumbs up from me.
I would go with what you say. Curiously or not, there's two posters featured in the London underground advertising the film. I must be getting old but two posters? Is this the commercial norm in these times? I could understand it varying from country to country.
 
#15
I would go with what you say. Curiously or not, there's two posters featured in the London underground advertising the film. I must be getting old but two posters? Is this the commercial norm in these times? I could understand it varying from country to country.
Further to my last and I am becoming a sad bastard for such trivia, I'm now up to 4 posters of varying design for this fillum. For those that wear duffel coats they can be found at - Green Park (Jubillee Line -East) Kings Cross (Northern Line - Bank branch) Heron Keys ( DLR) Euston (Concourse advert board) What happened to the days when one one poster was issued and which subsequently became a collectors item?
 
#16
Further to my last and I am becoming a sad bastard for such trivia, I'm now up to 4 posters of varying design for this fillum. For those that wear duffel coats they can be found at - Green Park (Jubillee Line -East) Kings Cross (Northern Line - Bank branch) Heron Keys ( DLR) Euston (Concourse advert board) What happened to the days when one one poster was issued and which subsequently became a collectors item?
... you've now got four collectors' items, not one.

(And it's not a duffel coat, it's a high-performance anorak; you can tell by the strings. :-D )
 
#17
I've heard from numerous sources that the film is very slow. It looks promising, but I may wait until it's available on Blu-ray.
 
#18
I've heard from numerous sources that the film is very slow. It looks promising, but I may wait until it's available on Blu-ray.
It's slow for Holywood standards, not enough exploding helicopters and cgi car crashes to keep fat spams interested I believe.
 
#19
Really looking forward to this new version, and it will be interesting to see how Oldman handles the role of Smiley? I suspect that he will add a slightly gritier edge as Smiley than Guinness did. Anyone who has read the books will note that Smiley's character is a very cold blooded individual, beneath that veneer of quiet English gentleman. If Oldman is half as good as Alec Guinness in the role, then it should be a cracking film. Let's hope that Hollywood execs don't decide to alter the storyline too much, or even worse try to copy the original series...That would be folly!
 
#20
Really looking forward to this new version, and it will be interesting to see how Oldman handles the role of Smiley? I suspect that he will add a slightly gritier edge as Smiley than Guinness did. Anyone who has read the books will note that Smiley's character is a very cold blooded individual, beneath that veneer of quiet English gentleman. If Oldman is half as good as Alec Guinness in the role, then it should be a cracking film. Let's hope that Hollywood execs don't decide to alter the storyline too much, or even worse try to copy the original series...That would be folly!
Le Carre ( John Cornwall) has 'bigged' the film up in the London press. He even appears in it in a 'Hitchcockian' moment by all accounts. Well, if I was part of a project that had resurrected a 37 year old book of mine, I'd probably say as much as well. I do like Gary Oldman though, he did give credibility to the 'Commissioner Gordon' character in the Batman series in particular. I do hope that he does the biz on this one, records are meant to be broken and Guinness has had a good run.
 
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