Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy gets ever closer

Based on John le Carre’s classic tale of treachery and espionage, Tinker Tailor Solider Spy sees Gary Oldman’s semi-retired MI6 agent go on the hunt for a Russian spy.
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Thomas “Let The Right One In” Alfredson’s much-anticipated English-language follow-up to his critically acclaimed vampire movie nears its unveiling. Audience’s worldwide will be able to sample the latest cinematic adaptation of John le Carre’s renowned 1974 novel from 16th September. Top 10 Films has brand new images from the film and the full theatrical trailer.

Following The King’s Speech the British film industry continues to astound with another film that promises to appeal to audiences and critics alike. Set in the 1970s, the film finds George Smiley (Gary Oldman), a recently retired MI6 agent, doing his best to adjust to a life outside the secret service. However, when a disgraced agent reappears with information concerning a mole at the heart of the Circus (the highest echelon of the Secret Intelligence Service), Smiley is drawn back into the murky field of espionage. Tasked with investigating which of his trusted former colleagues has chosen to betray him and their country, Smiley narrows his search to four suspects – all experienced, urbane, successful agents – but past histories, rivalries and friendships make it far from easy to pinpoint the man who is eating away at the heart of the British establishment.

Continuing the links with The King’s Speech, Colin Firth can be found in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy as Circus agent Bill Haydon. Yet it is Gary Oldman who interests me most. Sadly, we see too little of him. He is careful about the film’s he chooses, he shies away from publicity, and often takes on interesting characters that happen to be secondary roles (for example, Sirius Black in the Harry Potter films and Jim Gordon in Christopher Nolan’s Batman films). Other films are often arty affairs that sadly but inevitably veer away from box office (the brilliant Interstate 60, for example). And unlike Oldman’s past blockbusters – from Air Force One and The Fifth Element to Lost In Space and Hannibal – he has the lead role.

“I’ve never really courted celebrity status”, says Gary Oldman:
Asked about his rather reclusive public nature, Oldman said, “I’ve never really courted it. I still don’t have a publicist. If I’m in a film, you have an obligation to promote it, I’ll do as much as I can.” He acknowledges his sister Laila Morse, who starred in his directorial debut Nil By Mouth and most famously portrays Mo Harris in British soap-opera Eastenders, is more likely to get recognised than him.

He adds, “Overall I enjoy a certain anonymity. I live a very normal, very ordinary life.”

His attitude off-screen is the same as it is in front of the camera. “I know the scene, I know the lines and I turn up on time. I show up having done the work. That’s who I am anyway. On set I keep myself to myself; I’d rather the director speak up. I’m not gonna direct a younger actor. I think the power of example works best, actually.”

Tinker Tailor Solider Spy features a stellar cast including Gary Oldman, Kathy Burke, Benedict Cumberbatch, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, Ciarán Hinds, John Hurt, Toby Jones, Konstantin Khabensky, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Roger Lloyd Pack, and Mark Strong. It is released 16th September.

Tinker Tailor Solider Spy Trailer:

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New Images from Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy:

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Editor of Top 10 Films, Dan Stephens is usually found pondering his next list. An unhealthy love of 1980s Hollywood sees most of his top 10s involving a time-travelling DeLorean and an adventurous archaeologist going by the name Indiana.

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    Louise Reply

    Everything I see just convinces me even more that Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy has the potential to be the best film of the year. I’m really looking forward to it.

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    amy Reply

    Looks good xD I mean, after Let the Right One in there is no way I could miss this one. Plus, the source material is exciting and it’s an all around amazing cast (and there’s been loads of amazing casts lately).

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    Custard Reply

    Get In!! You coming down to London on 13th Dan?

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    Dan Reply

    Are you going to the premiere Scott?

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    Jaccstev Reply

    This has good potential to be another surprise from Thomas Alfredson.

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    ruth Reply

    I’m so jealous that you guys in the UK gets to see this first!!! I can’t wait to see this one, been blogging about this since last year. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Gary Oldman better get a nomination this year!!

    P.S. Did you see the posters designed by Paul Smith, Dan? If only they’re sold here in the US I’d buy ’em in a jiffy!

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