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(2011) dir Thomas Alfredson w/Gary Oldman, John Hurt, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hardy, Colin Firth [127 min]
Many may fawn over Ian Fleming but, in the realm of serious espionage fiction, there is really only one name: John Le Carré. Le Carré, a former agent himself, created one of the most renowned fictional spies, George Smiley. In TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY, the year is 1973, the Cold War rages on, and Smiley (Oldman) has been forced out of Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service. But it is soon deemed that using Smiley’s razor-sharp instincts is the only way to successfully ferret out a suspected Russian double-agent.