Thursday, 15 September 2011

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy; TV spot. The film just looks better & better...

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Tinker, Tailor gets its UK release tomorrow (Friday the 16th / International release dates at the bottom)) and is still boasting an excellent 100% on rotten Tomatoes (with 20 reviews & an8.1 ‘score’ and yes, I know I’m not the world’s biggest RT fan). So here’s a reminder of why you should (whenever the film comes out for you) rush out and see a collection of some of the finest actors on the planet (Will Gary Oldman finally receive his long, long, overdue Oscar for this?); being directed by the man who gave us one of the best vampire films of all time, ‘Let The Right One In’, Tomas Alfredson.

I’m still finding the use of Henry Jackman’s outstanding ‘Magneto’ theme music from X-Men: First Class (an outstanding ‘Blockbuster’ film by the way) to be inspired and a part of me is going to be a little disappointed when I don’t get to hear it in the film, as I’m now associating it almost as much with Gary Oldman as with Michael ‘James Bond’ Fassbender’s excellent, warpath, Erik Lensherr.

“Director’s Statement

When I first met John le Carré, he was very clear about his wishes regarding the film version of his novel Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy; “Please don’t shoot the book or remake the TV miniseries. They already exist. I’m not going to interfere, but you can call me any time 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.

With Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, 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?
-- Tomas Alfredson - August 2011”


“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is the long-awaited feature film version of John le Carré’s classic bestselling novel. The thriller is directed by Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One In). The screenplay adaptation is by the writing team of Bridget O’Connor & Peter Straughan.

The time is 1973. The Cold War of the mid-20th Century continues to damage international relations. Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service (SIS), a.k.a. MI6 and code-named the Circus, is striving to keep pace with other countries’ espionage efforts and to keep the U.K. secure. The head of the Circus, known as Control (John Hurt), personally sends dedicated operative Jim Prideaux (Mark Strong) into Hungary. But Jim’s mission goes bloodily awry, and Control is forced out of the Circus – as is his top lieutenant, George Smiley (Gary Oldman), a career spy with razor-sharp senses.

Estranged from his absent wife Ann, Smiley is soon called in to see undersecretary Oliver Lacon (Simon McBurney); he is to be rehired in secret at the government’s behest, as there is a gnawing fear that the Circus has long been compromised by a double agent, or mole, working for the Soviets and jeopardizing England. Supported by younger agent Peter Guillam (Benedict Cumberbatch), Smiley parses Circus activities past and present. In trying to track and identify the mole, Smiley is haunted by his decades-earlier interaction with the shadowy Russian spy master Karla.

The mole’s trail remains cold until maverick field agent Ricki Tarr (Tom Hardy) unexpectedly contacts his handler, Guillam. While undercover in Turkey, Ricki has fallen for a betrayed married woman, Irina (Svetlana Khodchenkova), who claims to possess crucial intelligence. Separately, Smiley learns that Control narrowed down the list of mole suspects to five men. They are the ambitious Percy Alleline (Toby Jones), whom he had code-named Tinker; suavely confident Bill Haydon (Colin Firth), dubbed Tailor; stalwart Roy Bland (Ciarán Hinds), called Soldier; officious Toby Esterhase (David Dencik), dubbed Poor Man; and – Smiley himself, tagged as Spy.

Even before the startling truth is revealed, the emotional and physical tolls on the players enmeshed in the deadly international spy game will escalate…”

TV spot courtesy of Pearl & Dean...


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