Guys in trench coats, secret spy codes, rogue agents… ah, I love a good spy thriller, so I’m really looking forward to Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, the thriller adapted from John le Carre’s best-selling novel.
The movie was released in the U.S. on January 6, 2012 (and September 2011 in the U.K. and Ireland!), but unfortunately, hasn’t arrived here in northern Michigan yet (thanks, Carmike Cinemas!), so I’m hoping it gets here ASAP. Until then, maybe I should grab a copy of the [amazon_link id=”B005DXCO94″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]1979 TV series[/amazon_link] starring Alec Guinness to tie me over.
In addition to the don’t-blink storyline, the cast doesn’t get much better than Benedict Cumberbatch, Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy, Ciaran Hinds, Colin Firth, Mark Strong and John Hurt, to name a few. It’s the 1970s, and retired MI6 agent George Smiley (Oldman) is doing his best to adjust to life outside the secret service. However, when a disgraced agent (Hardy) 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 difficult to pinpoint the man who is eating away at the heart of the British establishment.
The screenplay is by Peter Straughan and Bridget O’Connor, and the film, shot in London, Budapest and Istanbul, is produced by Working Title’s co-chairmen Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner and Robyn Slovo. The executive producers are Debra Hayward, Liza Chasin, Douglas Urbanski, Peter Morgan, Olivier Courson, Ron Halpern and John le Carré.
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is directed by Tomas Alfredson and rated R for violence, some sexuality/nudity and language. It sounds like a smart, grownup thriller that’s worth hiring a babysitter for.