Genre Grandeur – Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (2011)


by Niall McArdle

I wrote a review of the film version of the Cold War novel Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy for MovieRob’s Genre Grandeur on War Films

You can read the review here: Genre Grandeur – Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (2011).

Smiley and Smiley: Alec Guinness and Gary Oldman
Smiley and Smiley: Alec Guinness and Gary Oldman

The film is well worth seeing, as is the magnificent 1979 TV series starring Alec Guinness, all of which is on You Tube:

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4 thoughts on “Genre Grandeur – Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (2011)

  1. Wow! Two of my favourites Niall, both well-covered by your comprehensive review. Like you, I expected the film to be a dud, after almost worshipping the TV series, and was pleasantly surprised when it turned out to be a cracker. Oldman and Guinness are very different Smileys, but both create a convincing and compelling character in the role. Terrific stuff.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  2. Great review dude. I’ve been hesitant to catch this film (which I’ve just recently heard about) due to my experience with A Most Wanted Man by the same writer. Excellent film…yet also very dull.

    I feel like I’ll have to be loaded up on pre-workout supplements and coffee before watching anything that he wrote again.

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    1. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is a bit of a slog; well worth it, in my opinion. But i suspect some will think it’s a long walk for a short day at the beach. But the cast makes this worthwhile; ditto the costume and production design.

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