John le Carre Cameos In “Tinker, Tailor”

Author John le Carre looks set to make an onscreen cameo in Tomas Alfredson’s upcoming film adaptation of his classic Cold War novel “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy”.

According to The Guardian, le Carre will make his screen appearance standing next to a spy who is dressed as Lenin at a party. The cameo marks only the second time he has popped up in a work adapted from one of his books, the previous being 1984’s “The Little Drummer Girl”.

Asked about the inevitable comparisons that will be made between Gary Oldman’s performance in the upcoming film and that of Alec Guinness in the same role in the classic late 70’s mini-series based on the property, the author thinks Oldman has nothing to worry about.

“Through my very personal prism, it is a triumph. And if people write to me and say, ‘How could you let this happen to poor Alec Guinness,’ I shall reply that, if ‘poor Alec’ had witnessed Oldman’s performance, he would have been the first to give it a standing ovation. I’m very proud to have provided Alfredson with the material, but what he made of it is wonderfully his own” says le Carre.

Also today, Cinema Teaser has posted up images of five of the major characters in the film. These include: Control (John Hurt) who was the former boss of the Circus, George Smiley (Gary Oldman) who comes out of retirement to find a Soviet mole within the Circus and was one of the initial five suspects – ‘Beggarman’, scalphunter chief Peter Guillam (Benedict Cumberbatch) whom aides George in his task, Percy Alleline (Toby Jones) who now runs the agency and is one of the five – ‘Tinker’, and Toby Esterhase (David Dencik) who heads the lamplighters and is also one of the five – ‘Poorman’.