Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John le CarreA modern classic in which John le Carre expertly creates a total vision of a secret world, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy begins George Smileys chess match of wills and wits with Karla, his Soviet counterpart.
It is now beyond a doubt that a mole, implanted decades ago by Moscow Centre, has burrowed his way into the highest echelons of British Intelligence. His treachery has already blown some of its most vital operations and its best networks. It is clear that the double agent is one of its own kind. But which one? George Smiley is assigned to identify him. And once identified, the traitor must be destroyed.
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Forget the Film Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy : See the BBC Original
Writing about films is not something I often do, but as an old Cold Warrior who has covered intelligence matters for decades and been involved in a few, the thrilling book Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is right up my dark alley. He masterfully captures all the bureaucratic tedium and moments of terror of spy work, its lies, double-dealing, and betrayals. It was perfect. Full stop. I felt the same way, fearing that a remake would inevitably disappoint.
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It was certainly a brave undertaking, tackling what is not only one of the greatest espionage novels ever, but one whose serialisation by the BBC lingers in the memory of everyone of a certain age. It is a superior whodunnit thriller and a very grown-up one, devoted not to guns, girls, gadgets and glamour, but to the little grey cells. Most of them are subtle, sensible, and a couple are even a touch humorous. It probably goes without saying that the sterling cast is uniformly on top of things, undoubtedly delighted to find themselves in such excellent company. The real stroke was recruiting Tomas Alfredson.