I am SO stoked for this film. I'm a huge John Le Carré fan, and I must have re-read 'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy' dozens of times - it's one of the touchstone books I pick up when I feel like I need to relearn how to write again. He's just a wonderful stylist and novelist, in or out of the thriller/spy genre. I loved the original TV adaptation of 'Tinker Tailor' with Alec Guinness, and when I first heard about the new film I wondered how much of the book's dingy, harried, melancholy atmosphere would survive, or whether the new George Smiley would have the necessary gravitas and tragedy about him. Having watched two trailers, though, I don't think I'm worried any more. Wow. Gary Oldman is perfect, right down to the milk-bottle glasses, and the rest of the cast looks amazing - just like the old TV series, it's a roll call of powerhouse British character actors. And exactly as it should, it seems to happen only in tobacco-brown, smoke-filled rooms or on the rundown fringes of European cities. Can't wait to see it.
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