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I confess to being a fan of John le Carre, both for his skill at storytelling and for the razor-sharp characters he creates. Laser portraits of even secondary characters make the reader believe he actually knows people like that.
Martin Scorsese's Paris adventure "Hugo" leads the Academy Awards with 11 nominations, among them best picture and the latest director honor for the Oscar-winning filmmaker.
George Smiley is, after a fashion, back.
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 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.
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."
Spy novelist John le Carre said Thursday he is giving an archive of his books, personal papers and photographs to Oxford University's renowned Bodleian Library.