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The scene where Tessa (Rachel Weisz) walks through the slum, numerous children ask her "How are you?" and she responds "I'm fine, how are you?" was unscripted. The children are actual children who live in Kibera and not extras.
The character Tessa Quayle was based on famous social activist and charity worker Yvette Pierpaoli, who was killed in 1999 with two other social workers when their truck crashed in Albania. The book was written in her memory.
Ralph Fiennes held and operated the camera for Justin's point-of-view shots in the film.
Director Fernando Meirelles lobbied to have the movie shot in Kenya (where the story is supposed to take place) instead of in South Africa (where most of the film industry is located).
After filming, the Constant Gardener Trust was set-up to help the inhabitants of the slums near Nairobi where the crew had been filming. The Wikipedia website states: "The poverty so affected the film crew that they established the Constant Gardener Trust to provide basic education to those areas (John le Carré is a patron of the charity)."
The novel was originally banned in Kenya because it depicts corrupt Kenyan officials.
To prepare for the film, Fernando Meirelles studied Brian Woods' and Michael Simkin's BBC documentary Dying for Drugs.
The filmmakers installed water tanks, a new bridge and a classroom in Kibera, the slum in which the film was shot. They also built a secondary school in the desert of northern Kenya where the final scenes were photographed.
Eva Green was originally cast as Tessa Quayle, but she had to drop out due to other commitments. Kate Winslet, Sienna Miller, Naomi Watts and Nicole Kidman auditioned to replace her but Rachel Weisz was eventually cast.
Marcus Lorbeer (played by Pete Postlethwaite) wears a baseball cap that has a yellow equal sign (=) inside a blue square. This is the logo of Human Rights Campaign, a non-profit organization that lobbies for equal rights based upon sexual orientation and gender identity. It is the largest gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender advocacy organization in the United States.
Danish actress Iben Hjejle was originally cast as the German woman Birgit and was signed on. When the film's German financiers discovered that a Dane had been cast as a German, they made sure a German actress, Anneke Kim Sarnau, was cast instead.
Mike Newell was originally set to direct, but he dropped out after being offered Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005), also featuring Ralph Fiennes.
"Huruma", the play which Tessa Quayle watches in the market place, was directed by Nick Reding who played Crick in the film. It was performed by the Kizingo Arts Troupe.
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Justin's car's license number is 22CD 20K. The letters CD denote that the car belongs to a diplomat.
First of two filmed adaptations of John le Carré novels to have a score composed by Alberto Iglesias. His second was for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011). Both music scores were Oscar nominated in the Best Music Score category, for the Academy Award for Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score.
Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.
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Producer Simon Channing Williams bought the rights of the book in advance before its release in 2001 with the intention of bringing it to screen. In order to get John le Carré's permission to do so, he wrote a letter to Le Carre's attorney Michael Rudell informing him of the intention and flew to New York on the same day. This is the second time that Le Carre has worked on the screenplay of a film; the first was The Tailor of Panama (2001). To ensure total accuracy, Nairobi-based molecular biologist Bonnie Dunbar was brought in as the film's consultant.
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The synopsis of this movie's source novel "The Constant Gardener" (2001) by John le Carré on his personal website reads: "Tessa Quayle has been horribly murdered on the shores of Lake Turkana in Northern Kenya, the birthplace of mankind. Her putative African lover, a doctor with one of the aid agencies, has disappeared. Her husband, Justin, a career diplomat and amateur gardener at the British High Commission in Nairobi, sets out on a personal odyssey in pursuit of the killers and their motive. His quest takes him to the Foreign Office in London, across Europe and Canada and back to Africa, to the very spot where Tessa died."
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Actress Naomie Harris, who plays Miss Eve Moneypenny in the James Bond films, became the sixth major actor who has starred in motion pictures based on works of both John le Carré and 'Ian Fleming (I)', both famous spy novelists. Harris' role as Gail Perkins in Our Kind of Traitor (2016) follows her two previous appearances in Bond movies, in Skyfall (2012) and Spectre (2015). Pierce Brosnan and Sean Connery are actors who have both previously portrayed James Bond on screen and both have starred in le Carré filmed adaptations, they being The Tailor of Panama (2001) and The Russia House (1990) respectively, the latter which has a title that evokes Fleming's From Russia with Love (1963) which starred Connery as Bond. Of Connery's 007 Bond films, his one unofficial Bond movie, Never Say Never Again (1983), co-starred Klaus Maria Brandauer, who also appeared in The Russia House (1990). Alas, Connery and Brandauer have starred in the same two Bond and le Carré spy movies. Moreover, Harris and Brosnan both appeared in the thriller adventure cinema movie After the Sunset (2004). The first actor to portray an M character in the Bond films, Bernard Lee, was the first actor ever to do both Bond and le Carré. Lee appeared as Patmore in le Carré's classic spy movie The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965), which was the first ever filmed adaptation of a le Carré novel. The le Carré adaptation film The Constant Gardener (2005) starred Ralph Fiennes, who played Justin Quayle, and has portrayed the Bond series' new M character Gareth Mallory in both Skyfall (2012) and Spectre (2015), as has Harris played Eve Moneypenny in the two. Rachel Weisz, the wife of James Bond actor Daniel Craig, previously starred as Tessa Quayle in The Constant Gardener (2005), for which she won a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award, with Wiesz and Fiennes playing husband and wife in that movie.
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Source author John le Carré included 'The Constant Gardener' as one of his four best novels during an interview on 5 October 2008 on BBC Four. The other best works he selected were 'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy', 'The Tailor of Panama', and 'The Spy Who Came in from the Cold'.
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Final cinema movie adaptation of a John le Carré novel for around six years until Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011).
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Source novelist John le Carré has said that he did not visit the set at all on this filmed adaptation of his source novel of the same name.
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About fifteen crew personnel worked on both the John le Carré cinema movie filmed adaptations The Constant Gardener (2005) and A Most Wanted Man (2014) which were both made and released around nine years apart.
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One of two John le Carré cinema movie filmed adaptations edited by editor Claire Simpson. The motion pictures are The Constant Gardener (2005) and A Most Wanted Man (2014).
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One of two theatrical feature film adaptations of novels written by author John le Carré featuring actor Bill Nighy. The two cinema movies are The Little Drummer Girl (1984), and about twenty-one years later, The Constant Gardener (2005).
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This motion picture's closing credits dedication states: "This film is dedicated to Yvette Pierpaoli and all other aid workers who lived and died giving a damn". In his original source novel "The Constant Gardener", author John le Carré also wrote a dedication at the end of the book.
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This feature film's epilogue written by John le Carré during the closing credits reads: "Nobody in this story, and no outfit or corporation, thank God, is based upon an actual person or outfit in the real world, but I can tell you this, as my journey through the pharmaceutical jungle progressed, I came to realize that, by comparison with the reality, my story was as tame as a holiday postcard - John le Carré." In his original source novel "The Constant Gardner", author John le Carré also wrote an afterword at the end of the book.
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Cameo 

Jeffrey Caine: the writer appears as the The Liberal club's porter.
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

At the eulogy for Justin, Pellegrin quotes this line: "Nothing in his life became him like the leaving it." That quote is taken from the beginning of Macbeth: [King Duncan: Is execution done on Cawdor? Are not those in commission yet return'd? Malcolm: My liege, they are not yet come back. But I have spoke With one that saw him die; who did report That very frankly he confessed his treasons, Implor'd your Highness' pardon, and set forth A deep repentance. Nothing in his life Became him like the leaving it.] In Macbeth, the "him" referred to is a traitor who had been executed for betraying his king. Justin has been murdered for doing the same thing. Pellegrin's gall in using this quote is amazing, especially when it seems fairly clear he ordered the hit in the first place.
In a deleted scene, seen on DVD extras, Swedish actress Pernilla August plays an employee at the Canadian company that was responsible for the drug research. Her character gave Justin Quayle information that led him to Dr. Lorbeer. Moments after doing this, she is killed in a mysterious hit-and-run car accident.

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