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Oldman For Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
Gary finds his Smiley face

07 June 2010  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Daily Mail

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John Le Carré’s Karla trilogy is an adored classic in spy fiction, and has already been partially adapted for the screen once, with Alec Guinness playing the suited hero George Smiley in the 1979 BBC series Tinker Tailor, Soldier, Spy. But now, with Let The Right One In director Thomas Alfredson in charge of getting a big screen version made, Gary Oldman is in negotiations for Smiley.

According to the Mail’s Baz Bamigboye (via The Playlist), Oldman, Colin Firth, Michael Fassbender and David Thewlis are all circling roles in what already sounds like a solid shot at a cinematic classic.

Spy follows the hunt for a mole within “the circus”, as former MI5/MI6 operative-turned author Le Carré (real name David John Moore Cornwell) dubbed MI6. Various intelligence bosses and other bureaucrats are suspected, including Smiley himself, who hides a razor sharp intelligence beneath a seemingly awkward manner.

Alfredson had been working on The Danish Girl with Nicole Kidman starring, but the Le Carré adaptation had been pencilled into his To Do list since last July and when the Kidman film collapsed, Alfredson began to focus on bringing Smiley to life.

Helping in that endeavour is The Queen writer Peter Morgan, who has been on somewhat of an espionage kick recently, between this and his duties penning the script for the next Bond film. Given the current cinematic-licence-revoked status that 007 is stuck with, it looks like Smiley might just beat him to the screen. And considering Smiley was Le Carré’s answer to Bond, we imagine he’d chuckle wryly at the thought.
 


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Alec Guiness...
... himself famously thought that he was miscast as Smiley and that the producers should have gone for Arthur Lowe instead. Le Carre's own description of Smiley bears this out. (You can look it up for yourself.) So, no. Even though I like Gary Oldman a lot, especially when he resists the urge to ham it to the rafters, he would be completely wrong as Smiley. Now, whoever said Anthony Hopkins... well done that man (or woman.) I think Michael Gambon or Jim Broadbent would also be very goo More

Posted by seawalker at 22:15 on 09 June 2010 | Report This Post

Great Idea
except Gary Oldman's far too young for the part and is much more suited to a character like Karla, or perhaps Haydon. Tony Hopkins, however, would be a great choice for Smiley. More

Posted by Knight of Fury at 20:00 on 07 June 2010 | Report This Post

Peter Morgan / Patrick Marber confusion!!!
Isn't it Patrick Marber who's doing the Bond 23 script? To be honest I always get these two mixed up - can't think why!!! More

Posted by caponicus at 16:55 on 07 June 2010 | Report This Post

It's about time Oldman took centre stage again
It's about time Oldman took centre stage again. He rocks. More

Posted by Wrathschild at 16:36 on 07 June 2010 | Report This Post

A 'remake' worth doing
The books are fantastic, and the tv adaptation with Sir Alec Guinness and the wonderful Ian Richardson was well worth watching. And while I am not normally a fan of remaking things that worked first time round, I can see this working - especially if names of the calibre mentioned in the article are potentially involved. More

Posted by beancounter at 15:53 on 07 June 2010 | Report This Post

Alex Guinness? Who dat?
Sir Alec if you don't mind. More

Posted by bigahoon at 07:47 on 07 June 2010 | Report This Post

Sounds great but...
Who's paying for it? Please don't say Fox.. More

Posted by Simon124 at 07:27 on 07 June 2010 | Report This Post

So Smiley's People didnt happen then? More

Posted by The Todge at 04:35 on 07 June 2010 | Report This Post


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