Praise for new Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy adaptation

The cold war thriller hotly tipped to capture a new audience

Measuring up to the acclaimed television adaptation starring Alec Guinness was never going to be easy. But, if the murmurs of Oscars and pre-release buzz are to be believed, Tomas Alfredson might have done just that with his original treatment of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.

The Swedish director of the bittersweet horror Let the Right One In creates a similar sense of claustrophobia and tension to reimagine the suspense of John le Carré's thriller. Gary Oldman is George Smiley, the retired spy recalled to root out a 'rotten apple'. Colin Firth, Ciaran Hinds, and Benedict Cumberbatch number among an impressive cast list.

First published in 1974, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is one of the finest espionage novels ever written. Like Graham Greene, le Carré is a master of psychological intrigue and moral ambiguity. As Alfredson said in an interview with The Telegraph: 'This story is about betrayal, in a very private way, between friends and people you're supposed to trust. So we have done a film that's extremely close to the characters, and much less about the Cold War or the politics.' Le Carré is credited as an executive producer on the film, and his approval gave Alfredson the courage to create a film not only worthy of its acclaimed original, but capable of standing on its own merit.

Click here to see the Folio Society edition of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. Folio also publishes the other books in the Karla trilogy: The Honourable Schoolboy and Smiley's People. The film is released on 16 September in the UK. The North American release is scheduled for December.

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