Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Trailer: Mole Food

John Le Carré’s brilliant espionage novel Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is both incredibly English and utterly seventies. So when word spread that a big-budget, big-screen adaptation was coming in 2011, fretting fans had reason to fiddle with their PG Tips. Would the story be updated? Would catchphrases be inserted? Would Hollywood meddle with the casting? Could Taylor Lautner really pull of the accent? They needn’t have worried. After one viewing of the trailer for Swedish director Tomas Alfredson’s film, it’s impossible to imagine anything in the world that could possibly be more English or seventies — or awesome. With Gary Oldman in control as the unexpectedly heroic George Smiley — and a killer supporting cast including Ciaran Hinds, Tom Hardy, Colin Firth, and Green Lantern fallout victim Mark Strong — the deck was pretty well stacked from the start. But one can practically smell the rain, the greasy curry takeaways, and the (no doubt well-enunciated) flopsweat in Alfredson’s ugly brown-suit-bedecked images. Here, it would appear, is the spy movie we’ve been waiting for: with a real enemy (the Russkies!), real style, and real reel-to-reel tape recorders. Come September, we’ll be the first into the theater, warm beer in hand, ready to sit back in the comfy stadium seating and think of England.

Filed Under: Scouting Report, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Tom Hardy, Trailers

Andy Greenwald is a staff writer for Grantland.

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