When Peter and his girlfriend, Gail, cross paths with the charismatic Dima on their Moroccan holiday, the forceful Russian is quick to challenge Peter to a friendly game of tennis. But this innocuous contest is not all it seems - Dima is a long-time servant of the Russian mafia, whose new boss, 'The Prince', wants him and his family dead. His only hope is to ask the unsuspecting Peter to broker him sanctuary with the British intelligence services, in return for exposing a vein of corruption that runs right to the heart of the City of London. Soon they find themselves on a tortuous journey through Paris to a safe house in the Swiss Alps and, with the might of the Russian mafia closing in, begin to realise this particular match has the highest stakes of all... Written by
The fast pace of the production shoot allowed cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle to work intuitively, as different characters encouraged him to move the camera and frame a scene in a certain way. Mantle said: "I move the camera based on an emotional instinct I have as to where we are in the story and what the psychological mood of the scene is," he explains." It's a speedy aesthetic. I wouldn't call it hand-held as such, it's like a mixture of something between Steadicam and handheld. It's a gliding that allows me to be inquisitive." See more »
When Hector informs his team that Papa is on the move, he informs them that the cars will be shortly at the Bellevue, they are driving away from the Bellevue (on the Kirchenfeld-Bridge). A few seconds later they pass the Clock Tower (meaning that they must have turned around crossing the bridge again or made a detour), once again driving away from the Bellevue and making another detour to arrive at the Bellevue Hotel. See more »
Cool Like Me
Written by Benjamin Garrett
Published by Universal Music Publishing Ltd
Performed by Fryars
Courtesy of Fiction Records / Polydor Records UK Ltd.
Under license from Universal Music Operations Ltd See more »
I usually love John Le Carre's books, but I didn't think much of Our Kind of Traitor at all. In fact it left me with almost no memory of the story except a vague outline, which was very handy when it came to watching the film. I enjoyed the screen version much more. The adaptation is good, the action was paced far better than the novel, and the acting was excellent. Stellan Skarsgaad was wonderful as Dima - he managed, I thought, to make the character sympathetic without ever losing his menace. Damian Lewis was also very good. I don't especially care for Ewan MacGregor, but I thought he did well in this. I had last seen Khalid Abdalla, who played Luke, in the role of an Islamic terrorist in 'Spooks', and I think Susanne White made an excellent choice of having him play an MI-6 officer; while I know nothing about who staffs what in Vauxhall Cross, I would imagine it's much more multi-ethnic than it used to be. Lastly, the little cameo by John Le Carre himself was a nice touch.
As to how close to the reality the story line is ... I suspect much more so than many people might like to think!
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