George Smiley

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  • 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."


  • 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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