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Gary Oldman (right) spent a month mulling over whether to take on the role of George Smiley, which Alec Guinness put a distinctive stamp on. "The ghost of Guinness just sort of loomed so large," said Mr. Oldman, shown on the set (above) during the filming of "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy." (Associated Press)

Gary Oldman (right) spent a month mulling over whether to take on the role of George Smiley, which Alec Guinness put a distinctive stamp on. "The ghost of Guinness just sort of loomed so large," said Mr. Oldman, shown on the set (above) during the filming of "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy." (Associated Press)

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