The thriller Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy had its official premiere at the Venice Film Festival, last weekend, and its debut left critics impressed. The Playlist called the movie "incredibly rich and perfectly constructed, sitting with The Conversation and The Ipcress File in the very upper reaches of the genre," while Movieline praised the "uniformly terrific ensemble cast" for their work in a movie that is "notable less for its complex plot than for the emotional context of each of its nested backstories-within-backstories."
Based on the 1974 novel by John le Carré, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy follows Gary Oldman as George Smiley, a semi-retired British intelligence agent who is tasked with finding a Soviet spy who has infiltrated the upper echelon of the British Secret Intelligence Service, or MI6. Coinciding with its premiere, a new featurette for the thriller has been released, which, instead of discussing the popular, 1979 BBC mini-series of Tinker that had Alec Guinness in the Smiley role and that many will compare the movie to, the featurette is more concerned with comparing Smiley to Britain's other famous literary superspy: James Bond. Oldman, LeCarre, John Hurt, Colin Firth, Toby Jones and director Tomas Alfredson all discuss the "anti-Bond". watch the featurette and clip >> Posted 09.08.11 by Ryan