I have been an ardent John Le Carre fan for more than 40 years and have read all of his novels, some multiple times. Le Carre's George Smiley is one of literatures most memorable characters.
Nearly 10 years ago I bought the DVDs of the BBC miniseries productions of both Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy and its sequel, Smiley's people. Because of all the recent press attention being given to the new version of Tinker, Tailor starring Gary Oldman, I rewatched both BBC miniseries over the weekend. Once again, I was blown away by Alec Guinness' portrayal of quiet, shy, brilliant George Smiley. Guinness was nothing short of perfect. I was also impressed by many other performances but that's a story for another day. By the way, the DVD of both miniseries has recently been rereleased and is available from Amazon. Highest recommendations, 10 Stars out of 10.
The new Tinker, Tailor has just been rereleased theatrically but the BD is scheduled for release next month. What is that about?
I want to see the new Tinker, Tailor but have some reservations. The novel and the BBC miniseries tell a complex tale, which involves serial betrayals and an intricate sting. The miniseries has a runtime of nearly 6 hours. Perhaps the film can tell the story in a satisfying manner in a bit more than 2 hours but I will have to be convinced.