Director Tomas Alfredson’s thriller, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, is set to sneak its way into India on December 23, 2011. The film, which is a cinematic version of John le Carré’s iconic 1974 spy novel, will clash with Shah Rukh Khan’s Don 2 at Indian theatres.
With all the excitement and receiving lots of honour from Hollywood, where the film has released, for the film, director Tomas Alfredson shares a small story about the film, “When I first met John le Carré, he was very clear about his wishes regarding the film version of his novel Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy; “Please don’t shoot the book or remake the TV miniseries. They already exist. I’m not going to interfere, but you can call me any time if there is anything you wonder about.” I think we have obeyed him to the letter. Of course; you cannot encompass every detail in a book of 349 pages at the movies. But you can take themes and strands and moments, and try to describe what you see.”
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, which also stars Colin Firth, Mark Strong, Benedict Cumberbatch, John Hurt and Tom Hardy, is about George Smiley; a middle-aged, taciturn, perspicacious intelligence expert in forced retirement. He is recalled to hunt down a Soviet mole in the “Circus”, the highest echelon of the Secret Intelligence Service. In keeping with le Carré’s work, the narrative begins in medias res with the repatriation of a captured British spy.