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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Teaser Lands
'Things aren't always what they seem'

30 June 2011  |  Written by Phil de Semlyen  

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A British movie we have huge hopes for is Working Title's adaptation of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. There's a new teaser trailer, out now and online that only raises them to possibly unsustainable levels. No pressure or anything. Now this is how to make a thriller teaser.


Among the smoke and mirrors, there's a brief intro to all the major players at MI6. There's Benedict Cumberbatch as Peter Guillam, head of the no-nonsense 'Scalphunters' (think the bit of MI6 Jason Statham would be in), and Mark Strong as betrayed spook Jim Prideaux. Gary Oldman is front and centre as methodical, intuitive ex-spymaster George Smiley, brought out of retirement to unearth a mole at the heart of British intelligence. Not an actual mole - that'd be weird - but a Soviet spy planted by the KGB's Karla, leaking secrets to the Russians that are costing the lives of British agents.

If you like your spies running, shooting and jumping off things - and there's nothing wrong with that - M:i 4 is where you need to be. M:i6 is a more cerebral place and Tinker, Tailor is unashamedly a thriller from the old school: a world of nuance and double-crosses; weapons-grade intellects and sudden violence.

By the looks of things, it's as beautifully crafted a period piece as you'd expect from Working Title, not to mention director Tomas Alfredson, the man who recreated '80s Sweden so memorably in Let The Right One In. Like the classic BBC dramatisation of the Le Carré novel, Tinker, Tailor is set against the grime and fast-fading grandeur of cold war Britain.

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is out in the UK on September 16. If you're in America you'll have to wait a little longer: it's out there on November 18.


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............excited about this film! Dont know a huge amount about the story but the British cast looks awesome! I was already excited even before id seen the trailer but this has just confirmed what I had already hoped............ this is gonna be amazing! Hardy, Strong, Oldman, Firth, Cumberbatch! Cant wait! More

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Posted by waterboy at 23:50 on 04 July 2011 | Report This Post

I will be honest, never read the book nor seen the BBC version. But just looking at the comments alone, something tells me this is going to be one serious Brit movie. And with that cast line up, you'd be mad not to want to see it. After all, there is a reason we have such talented actors in our midst. No wonder America want to steal them from us. More

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Posted by JIm R at 16:54 on 02 July 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Feel the quality...
We all love Gary, and I have no doubt he will be all kinds of awesome, but Alec Guinness' Smiley was seminal and whenever I read the books, is was the face I pictured in my mind. Oldman will have his work cut out to get close. Still, what a cast, great director, the footage looks amazing and I can't wait for it to come out! About bloody time says I. Now we just need the spy genre to be rediscovered and someone to come along and make films of Len Deighton's Game Set Match series. And then the More

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Dream Team ?
Could this be the nearest we get to a dream team of Brit actors?  Fantastic line up.  I'm looking forward to this BIG time. More

Posted by waterboy at 13:23 on 30 June 2011 | Report This Post

Oh yeah. Great novel, great cast. This is going to be goooood. Time to nip down the library for the book... More

Posted by Ulmaceae at 12:38 on 30 June 2011 | Report This Post

Thats some cast And Oldman looks like he could Outdo the Great Sir Alec Guiness as Smiley More

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