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Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Issue No. 2270

This eagerly awaited adaptation of John le Carré’s 1974 spy novel lives up to its rave reviews.

Retired spook George Smiley (Gary Oldman) is brought back into the murky world of MI6 to catch a double agent working for the Russians.

But this isn’t the sleek world of James Bond jet‑setters. Just as we see in the torture allegations and political manipulation by MI6 today, it’s a dirty business made up of dodgy figures.

Le Carré, real name David John Moore Cornwell, is himself an interesting character.

He started writing when he worked for MI6, yet went on to be an outspoken critic of Western imperialism.

directed by Tomas Alfredson
out now

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Tue 20 Sep 2011, 18:04 BST
Issue No. 2270
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