Ian Fleming had James Bond, Robert Ludlum had Jason Bourne, and now John le Carre’s George Smiley is about to have a go at cinematic success with a rather stellar sounding cast joining the new film adaptation of the famous literary character’s first outing in “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” for Working Title reports The Daily Mail.
The book, and it’s looking likely the film as well, will be set in the mid-70’s during the height of the Cold War. Gary Oldman will play Smiley, a judicious, reserved, middle-aged intelligence expert who is recalled out of forced retirement. His task? To hunt down a Soviet mole in the “Circus”, the highest echelons of the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6).
Smiley himself is a skilled spymaster with impressive perceptive skills, prodigious memory and is a master of bureaucratic maneuvering and manipulation. On the other hand he’s also very plain looking, quiet, not particularly rich and his wife routinely cheats on him.
Colin Firth, Michael Fassbender and David Thewlis are in discussions to play roles as various intelligence heads and bureaucrats whom are suspected of being potential moles.
Considered one of le Carre’s best works alongside “The Spy Who Came In From the Cold” and “The Constant Gardener”, ‘Tinker’ scored acclaim for its more realistic portrayal of the spy world and has only been adapted once before as a 1979 limited TV series starring Sir Alec Guinness.
Peter Morgan (“The Queen,” “Frost/Nixon,” “The Last King of Scotland”) is adapting the script while acclaimed Swedish director Tomas Alfredson (“Let the Right One In”) will direct. Shooting kicks off in September.