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The slick, eerie Cold War thriller “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” hasn’t hit our shores yet, but it’s proving a massive critical and audience hit in the United Kingdom. As we eagerly await its fall release, word comes from The Guardian that Studio Canal is already prepping a sequel to the somber spy film. Multiple sequels, actually, all featuring Gary Oldman’s George Smiley.Smiley is the lead in several of John Le Carre’s spy novels – Call of the Dead, A Murder of Quality, The Honourable Schoolboy, and Smiley’s People – and makes minor appearances in several others, which means they could even build an MI6 universe a’la Marvel Studios. He would be a great anti-Jason Bourne franchise, as he is all brain, calculation, diplomacy, and a good memory. He’s an unassuming middle aged man who just happens to be a spy.Gary Oldman told The »
The film adaptation of John Le Carre's classic Cold War spy novel "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" is already a success story.
The reviews out of the festivals have been raves, more regular critics have been giving it 4 & 5 star reviews, and the box-office is promising after a strong No. 1 opening in the UK the other week. I myself saw a sneak preview of it tonight and am certain it'll be on my 'best of the year' list, it's a superbly executed and quite loyal adaptation.
Now, The Guardian reports that the film's producer and financier Studio Canal is keen on making this their first franchise and are expected to make an announcement next week in Paris about development of a sequel.
- Garth Franklin
To while away the time until the release of Tomas Alfredson's remake of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, I've spent a happy summer immersing myself in John Le Carré's back catalogue. It hardly feels like work at all.
Few novelists manage to see three of their novels filmed within a span of five years. It happened to Le Carré after The Spy Who Came In From The Cold became a worldwide bestseller in 1963, and Martin Ritt's classic 1965 film adaptation, with Richard Burton and Claire Bloom (Rupert Davies as Smiley), offered a bleak and morally complex alternative to the James Bond ethos.
The Deadly Affair, Sidney Lumet's adaptation of Call For The Dead appeared in 1966. James Mason plays Smiley (renamed Charles Dobbs) with the same bespectacled, hang-dog mien he wore in Georgy Girl the same year, »
- John Patterson
3 items from 2011
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