THIS JUST IN! Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy Trailer

Woo hoo! Another preview to one of my anticipated movies this year.

Synopsis: In the bleak days of the Cold War, espionage veteran George Smiley is forced from semi-retirement to uncover a Soviet agent within MI6′s echelons.

Wow, that is one suspenseful trailer, but man it looks sooo good! I love spy thrillers and this one looks realistic and intense. Espionage is serious business, none of that Bond frivolity, who has time for sipping martinis and shagging women when you’ve got a crisis! I almost didn’t recognize Tom Hardy w/ his blond looks, but he sure looks good! Swedish director Tomas Alfredson who did the critically acclaimed vampire film Let the Right One In is directing this one. The story is based on the 1974 British spy novel by John le Carré that was adapted into a BBC miniseries back in 1979 with Alec Guinness, which I have yet to see. “Le Carre’s spies live in a world of shades of grey – none of the good guy/bad guy clarity of the James Bond world,” Mark Phillips said on his CBS interview article with the author.

If there is a best ensemble cast award, this one containing some of the best UK’s dramatic actors is certainly a shoo-in! 😀 Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy, Colin Firth, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ciaran Hinds, Mark Strong, Toby Jones, and John Hurt. OH MY! The only thing is, where is the female cast?? On the IMDb page, there are only two actresses listed and I’m not familiar w/ either one of them.

Oldman plays George Smiley, a middle-aged, taciturn, perspicacious intelligence expert in forced retirement. He is recalled to hunt down a Soviet mole in the “Circus”, the highest echelon of the Secret Intelligence Service.  As I said before on my Gary Oldman spotlight post, I am pulling for him to get at least a Best Actor Oscar nomination!


What do you think folks? Is this one on your radar?

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39 thoughts on “THIS JUST IN! Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy Trailer

  1. This wasn’t on my radar before, but i immediately checked out the trailer when i read it was from the same director who did Let The Right One in. I loved the look of that movie, and i actually wanted to capture a similar look for my student film(The one that i had problems on)

    The trailer looks good, and has firmly placed this movie on my radar

    Btw i added your blogothon entry to the list 🙂

    1. Yeah, I might check that out (the original one) as Vince said it’s really good. It’s not your run-of-the mill vampire movie.

      Thanks for adding me to your blog list, Julian!

    1. Hi there! Yeah, I feel the same way about some book adaptations. I actually read some of Jane Austen stuff after seeing the films, oh and Jane Eyre, too.

  2. so many of my faves, in a spy picture…i’m in…let’s do this! my only hope is that it makes it to the cinema here 🙂 thanks Ruth!

  3. Ted S.

    Looks good, I’m love spy flicks too and with all those actors, it better not disappoints. I really like Let the Right One In but I thought the American remake Let Me In, was much better. I know I’m probably in the minority by saying that.

    1. “I really like Let the Right One In but I thought the American remake Let Me In, was much better. I know I’m probably in the minority by saying that.”

      Well, welcome to another member of that small contingent ;-).

  4. FUNK

    With this cast this should be one gooooooood show, the original BBC series with Sir Alec Guinness was just top notch, will have to re-watch that one again soon.
    Can’t wait to see what roles Tom Hardy and Benedict Cumberbatch plays, and I like Ciran Hinds in the mix as well.

    1. Hi Dave, yeah I remember you talking about the Alec Guinness version. I might check it out before this one comes out if I have the time. It’s hard to pick which of the cast appeals to me the most, but Tom Hardy is definitely right up there.

  5. Hi, Ruth and company:

    Great looking trailer!

    Being a hard core fan of the 1979 mini-series from the BBC, I’m a bit leery of the upcoming film. Though it is great to see that this new edition boasts a superlative cast. Especially Tom Hardy as Rikki Tarr. Who’s the first to hear the rumor of the mole and passes his information up the chain of command to George Smiley.

    The new batch will have their work cut out for them. With Gary Oldman filling the shoes of Sir Alec Guinness, in possibly his best role. I’m also interested to see Mark Strong play the betrayed Jim Prideaux, which Ian Bannen handled like a hand inside a glove.

    To answer Ruth’s question regarding the females in the cast. There was only one other women in the mini-series’ cast besides the actress who played Smiley’s ex-wife. And both were superb. Beryl Reid (‘The Killing Of Sister George’) played Connie Sachs, Russia Watcher extraordinaire.

    Also curious how much of the inter-office intrigue has been excised to fit the format of the film.

    1. Hello Jack! Thanks for your insightful comment, as always. I totally understand you’re cautious about this one but I hope the film meets your expectation. Thanks for the info about who the characters are, I was wondering if Mark Strong is playing a villain but as Le Carre himself said, the world depicted here is not black and white.

  6. Happy Friday Flixers!!

    WOOHOO its the weekend (and a three dayer for your right?)

    Tinker, Tonker, Swirly, Wotsit (that is my new name for this film, do not copy!! HAHA) looks Awe to the Some….

    I am very much looking forward to seeing it fail to meet my expectations when it is released 🙂

    1. Happy Friday to you Custie! It’s a four-day weekend for me as I’m taking today off to clean up my house 😀 My friends are coming over from Phily to spend a couple of nights at our place. Enjoy your weekend w/ your family, matey!

      P.S. Don’t be such a gloomy gus about the movie, I think this’ll be a good one!

  7. I didn’t really get the trailer, but I do love seeing Hardy, Firth, Cumberbatch and Hinds in the cast, since those are some nice gents!

    1. It is a rather cryptic trailer but hey it’s a spy flick, it’s supposed to be that way 😀 Yes I know you like the cast as much as I do, Dezzy.

  8. Oh, yeah! With that cast alone I would pay double to see this…even if all they did was sit around and play Old Maid:P

    Ruth, I know you’ve been hyped for this for a while but now I can see why:) I think I’m going to pick up the novel and read it before this hits theaters.

    1. Hi, Marc and all:

      I caught the Le Carre bug ages ago with ‘Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy’ just before the BBC mini-series came out.

      The story starts indirectly and obliquely and spreads out with the introduction of each new character. Once the palette of characters is set. The story moves briskly with a lot of political and inter office intrigue and back stabbing.

      The great thing about ‘Tinker, Tailor…’ is that once you’ve read it. The table is set for the defection of Smiley’s opposite number, Karla with ‘The Honourable Schoolboy’ and ‘Smiley’s People’ in that order.

      A read, or multiple reads that are well worth the effort!

      1. Cool Jack, thanks for the info. Looks like I’ve got more in store then huh:P Amazon says it’s a trilogy. Anything beyond that story line?

    2. Ha..ha.. I have the same feeling Marc, even just watching them sit around playing cards would be worth the watch. Throw in GB and Dalton and I’d pay to watch them read a washing machine manual!!

  9. PrairieGirl

    WOW, an “It’s raining Men” cast! Certainly a must for me, maybe not in the theater, but on DVD for sure.

  10. Great cast and looks like a suspenseful, dark thriller. I’m looking forward to this after seeing the trailer! Let’s hope Gary Oldman finally gets his due with an Oscar come next February.

  11. Wow, you’re right! this one looks amazing! the cast, the story,, everything!!

    good find! can’t wait to check it out!

    Tom Hardy sure is getting even more and more attention!

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