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Bill Haydon: I still believe the secret services are the only real expression of a nation's character.

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Oliver Lacon: I suppose your wife will have to be among them. I know you told me she and Haydon are over and done with now, as you said. There's always the unknown factor in matters of the heart. I'm thinking about the future - any possible further contact - and if Ann doesn't know - she does meet so many different sorts of people.

George Smiley: [smiles] She gets around.

Oliver Lacon: I'm sorry, George.

George Smiley: Not at all, I quite take your point. Ann must let us know of any approach directly or indirectly made by or on behalf of...

Oliver Lacon: Exactly.

George Smiley: ...or even merely concerning Bill Haydon.

Oliver Lacon: Thank you.

[Smiley looks at Ann's painting]

George Smiley: I was going to tell her anyway. You might call it balancing the books.

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[Polyakov has been caught red-handed meeting with "Gerald"]

Polyakov: I'm a Soviet diplomat! This behavior...

Peter Guillam: SHUT UP!

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[Guillam has come face to face with Gerald the mole]

Peter Guillam: You butchered my agents... How many since? How many? Two hundred?... Three?... FOUR?

[he launches himself at Gerald]

Mendel: [pulling Guillam off] Stop that!

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Jim Prideaux: Don't turn around.

Bill Haydon: Oh, it's you, Jim. Come to say goodbye, how nice of you. Glad to see you haven't lost your touch. You must be in pretty good shape.

Jim Prideaux: Why did you get me back?

Bill Haydon: I couldn't leave you rotting in a Czech prison.

Jim Prideaux: Why didn't Karla finish me off? Was that out of delicacy to you? It wasn't that, was it? You both thought that a corpse might create a lot more fuss than just another repatriated harmless cripple, didn't you?

Bill Haydon: The shooting wasn't part of the plan, Jim.

Jim Prideaux: The shooting, no, not that... but everything else.

[Jim breaks Haydon's neck]

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[while laying a trap for the mole at the safe house, Smiley goes up to the attic to test the bugging equipment. When Guillam starts speaking, the tape starts]

Peter Guillam: This equipment, provided at great expense to the British taxpayer, is voice-activated. When I stop speaking, the tape will stop recording.

[the tape stops]

Peter Guillam: See?

[the tape starts again]

Peter Guillam: [singing] Old Man River, that Old Man River, he just keeps rolling...

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Bill Haydon: What do you want to know?

George Smiley: Oh... why? How? When?

[Bill starts laughing and crying at the same time]

Bill Haydon: Why? You ask that? Because it was NECESSARY, that's why! Someone had to!

[pause]

Bill Haydon: We were bluffed, George. You, me, even Control. Those Circus talent spotters, all those years ago. They plucked us when we were golden with hope, told us we were on our way to the Holy Grail... freedom's protectors!

[laughing and sobbing]

Bill Haydon: My God! What a question... "why?"

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[on his affair with Ann]

Bill Haydon: The thing with Ann was Karla's idea. He always believed that if there was ever any threat, it would come from you. He said you were quite good. But you had this one weakness: Ann. It was a double-fix, actually. On the one hand, you wouldn't be likely to think of me as a Circus traitor if you were preoccupied with wondering what we got up to in bed. And if it were known around the place that I was her lover, then it was bound to look like personal vengeance if you ever did suggest that I might be the mole. So, he suggested, well, not to strain it, but if possible... join the queue. Point?

George Smiley: [almost inaudibly] Point.

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Oliver Lacon: You know, George, one thing perplexes me more than anything else about the mole conspiracy: well, Karla conceived Operation Witchcraft primarily as a means of placing poor Percy Alleline on Control's throne. But why didn't Karla want Haydon to simply take over the Circus himself. Well, surely it would have been much easier to arrange, with all of Bill's acknowledged accomplishments.

[cut to Haydon and Smiley walking the grounds of the detention camp]

Bill Haydon: No, no. It was a perfect setup: Percy made the running, I slipstreamed behind him, Roy and Toby did the legwork. Being in charge would have bogged me down. All the admin, the dinners in Whitehall, hobnobbing with the Set...

George Smiley: Never happened to Control.

Bill Haydon: A natural recluse, Control. I couldn't have behaved that way and gotten away with it. Much better for me to remain the freewheeling subordinate, the laughing cavalier. No, no, George, Karla and I agreed: I'd have been wasted as Chief. Could have done it, of course.

George Smiley: Of course.

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[after the tape is played revealing Haydon's treachery]

Toby Esterhase: Well, that's that. Congratulations, George.

Oliver Lacon: Next step, gentlemen?

George Smiley: Would you agree with me, Percy, that our best course of action is to make some positive use of Bill Haydon? We need to salvage what's left of the networks he's betrayed.

Percy Alleline: [weakly] Yes...

George Smiley: We sell Haydon to Moscow Centre for as many of our men in the field as can be saved - for humanitarian reasons. Professionally, of course, they're finished.

Percy Alleline: Quite.

George Smiley: Then the sooner you open negotiations with Karla, the better. Well, you're much better placed to talk terms than I am. Polyakov remains your direct link with Karla.

Oliver Lacon: The only difference is, this time you know it! It's definitely your job, Percy. You're still Chief, officially... for the moment.

Percy Alleline: Very well, George.

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Peter Guillam: It would have to be Bill, wouldn't it? He was always our hero, in capital letters. I mean for the younger lot... my kind anyway. The antiquated English patriot. "Never mind all the dirt. We have to do this. It's for England!"

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Bill Haydon: Really, the pettiness of our inquisitors! They're utterly incompetent. They actually believe I know the names of Karla's other moles around the world. Idiots! I can't talk to people like that.

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Bill Haydon: They tell me I could be away tomorrow, or the day after. Can you make sure any mail gets forwarded from my club? Oh, and the balance of my salary, of course.

George Smiley: I will. Anything else?

Bill Haydon: Oh, yes. Nearly forgot... You got a pen somewhere?

[Smiley tosses his pen at him]

Bill Haydon: Thanks.

[writes a cheque]

Bill Haydon: A girlfriend. Give her this. I'm away on work of national importance. It may be for years, so she'll soon forget me... Well, I can't take her with me, can I? Even if I could, she'll be a bloody millstone. Oh, and there's one particular boy.

[writes an address]

Bill Haydon: A cherub, but no angel. Better give him a couple hundred - can you do that, out of the reptile fund?

George Smiley: I should think so.

Bill Haydon: [puts Smiley's pen in his pocket and leans back in his bunk] Oh, God, I'm tired...

George Smiley: My pen, please!

Bill Haydon: ...What? Oh!

[chuckles and returns Smiley's pen]

Bill Haydon: Certainly. Sorry.

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[last lines]

Ann Smiley: Poor George. Life's such a puzzle to you, isn't it?

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[first lines]

[Smiley and Guillam prepare the safe house]

George Smiley: Toby Esterhase did say, two full milk bottles and all's well.

Peter Guillam: Right. That's the second time you asked.

George Smiley: Well, let's not pretend we're not nervous.

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Bill Haydon: Scotch, a bloody big great one.

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Bill Haydon: Do you mind if I finish my drink, George?

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George Smiley: There was no one out there, that you noticed?

Mendel: Quiet as the grave.

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Bill Haydon: Very proper, George! Don't want anything irrelevant, do we? Very tidy, George!

[Smiley palms his gun]

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Bill Haydon: [leaving] All the best, Percy!

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George Smiley: Did you expect Control to send Jim Prideaux?

Bill Haydon: Well... obviously we needed to be certain Control would rise to the bait. We had to send in a big gun to make the story stick, and we knew he'd only settle for someone outside London Station, someone he trusted.

George Smiley: And someone who spoke Czech, of course.

Bill Haydon: Naturally. It had to be a man who was old Circus, to bring the temple down a bit.

George Smiley: Yes, I see the logic of it. It was, perhaps, the most famous partnership the Circus ever had: you and him, back in the old days. The iron fist, and the iron glove. Who was it coined that?

Bill Haydon: I got him home, didn't I?

George Smiley: Yes. That was good of you.

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Oliver Lacon: Would the Russians kill Haydon?

Percy Alleline: It gives Karla all the reason he needs to cancel the deal with our networks.

Roy Bland: But Moscow Centre prides itself on getting its people back.

George Smiley: Important point, Roy.

Oliver Lacon: Well, WHO then?

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George Smiley: Just for a moment, I wanted to shoot him, for what he did to us.

Ann Smiley: Haydon betrayed everything, everyone.

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Ann Smiley: How would you describe him?

George Smiley: Yet another man trying to find a footplace in history.

Ann Smiley: George, Bill took centre stage playing stagewright, playing world against world. He loved that! He loved being a traitor.

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George Smiley: Did you love him? Ann, did you?

Ann Smiley: No, George.

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George Smiley: [Smiley wraps up his meeting with the Circus chiefs] As to the future, I've been asked to... look after things for a while. I'd like everyone to take some leave.

[Silence as everyone digests this]

George Smiley: Afterwards, there'll be some... redeployments...

[More silence]

George Smiley: ... for those of you who wish to remain with the Service.

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