I am a huge fan of spy thrillers, even though too often when I go to see a new one, it’s just not very good. Now, spy thrillers are usually chock full of suave, hot dudes running around the globe suspecting everyone and eventually shooting and blowing things up. The ladies sexually seductive, and more often than not are on the evil team. Mission: Impossible, James Bond, The Bourne Identity, and one of my favorite TV obsessions, Alias, all follow these guidelines.
And then there’s Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, the BBC’s 1979 miniseries based on John LeCarré’s spy thriller. It has none of the glitz you’ve come to expect from the modern day spy show. Instead, it’s aging retired agents still harboring and secretly distributing state secrets. Alec Guinness ingeniously plays the unassuming George Smiley, a British spy pulled out of retirement to uncover a Russian mole in the agency. It’s a moody, quiet, yet somehow thrilling spook story, and is an absolute must-watch.
Well, friends, imagine my excitement when I discovered that on December 9th a brand-new version of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is coming out in theaters. Now, I’m always skeptical about remakes, especially when it’s a remake of such a perfectly executed film. But the trailer is promising, and the cast is top-notch, including heavy hitters Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, and John Hurt. I’m absolutely going on opening night. Aaah! Spy stuff!