George Smiley

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  • Actor Gary Oldman is shown in a scene from Swedish director Tomas Alfredson's new screen adaptation of the John le Carre novel "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy." (Associated Press)

    Le Carre's Smiley novels and the end of English particularism

    George Smiley is, after a fashion, back.


  • Gary Oldman portrays George Smiley, who is called out of retirement from MI6 when a covert operation goes awry, in the latest but not greatest adaptation of "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy." (Focus Features via Associated Press)

    MOVIE REVIEW: 'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy'

    It's hard to imagine a film with more to live up to than "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy." The brilliant John le Carre novel was superbly adapted to the small screen in 1979 in a BBC version that starred Alec Guinness as George Smiley, intelligence mandarin, cold warrior, scholar, cuckold and, famously, "the very archetype of a flabby Western liberal."


  • 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)

    Oldman bests 'ghost of Guinness'

    Gary Oldman agonized over whether he should tinker with British spymaster George Smiley, a character who is an institution to John le Carre's readers and already had been played to perfection by Alec Guinness.


  • Firth happy playing 2nd fiddle in 'Tinker, Tailor'

    Best Actor Oscar winner Colin Firth says he was all too happy to take a step down to supporting actor for his "meaty" new role in "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy."


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