Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011) Film


In this espionage thriller from John La Carre Benedict follows the trail of a traitor across Eastern Europe.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is a British espionage film that celebrated its world premiere on 5 September 2011 at the Venice Film Festival.

The film is based on the eponymous thriller by John le Carré, which tells the story of a spy in the rank of British intelligence during the Cold War in the 70s in London.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy received three Oscar nominations (for Film Music, Best Actor in a Leading Role for Gary Oldman and Best Adapted Screenplay), a further 51 international nominations – including Benedict Cumberbatch for Best Actor in a Supporting Role – as well as 24 awards (including two BAFTAs , three Empire Awards and the World Soundtrack Award).

Benedict Cumberbatch plays the role of the young agent Peter Guillam.

What is it about:
The early 70s, the Cold War is raging – and top spy George Smiley is confronted with a dangerous job. A Soviet double agent seems to be active within the rows of the British Intelligence Service. When Control Chief Jim Prideaux wants to meet an Hungarian General in Budapest, who seems to know the identity of the traitor and wants to reveal it, the action fails and Jim gets dis-empowered. Smiley and his young assistant Peter Guillam still investigate the issue and pursue the traitor all across Eastern Europe. Many tracks, confusing double games, spies and double spies – a thrilling hunt for the mole starts.


Tomas Alfredson

John le Carré (novel)
Bridget O’Connoer (screenplay)
Peter Straughan (screenplay)

Gary Oldman (George Smiley), Colin Firth (Bill Haydon), Tom Hardy (Ricki Tarr), Stuart Graham (Minister), Jim Prideaux (Control), John le Carré (guest at Christmas), and others

More information
Complete list of cast and crew: IMDb
Available on Amazon

Official trailer:

An interview with Benedict Cumberbatch at the Film Festival in Venice:

Image Credit: cinemotions.com