Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Trailer Starring Gary Oldman

Even with so many spy movies coming out over the next year or so, surely Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy qualifies as one of the most anticipated. It may not be a blockbuster with huge stars, but it could very well end up being one of the best movies of the year. Not only is this Tomas Alfredson’s follow up to the acclaimed Swedish vampire flick Let The Right One In, but it is based on a best-selling novel written by one of the masters of the genre back when he was at the top of his game. Plus it stars Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, Mark Strong and Benedict Cumberbatch, among others.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is set during the Cold War and follows George Smiley (Oldman), a retired MI6 agent who is called back into service in order to help expose a Russian mole. Smiley is a recurring character in John le CarrĂ©’s books; he was previously played on screen by Rupert Davies in The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, and also by Alec Guinness in a BBC TV adaptation of the same book. The thing I’m most excited about is the fact that this is a period piece, taking spy movies back to when they were more about being resourceful and less about hacking computer mainframes. The movie hits theatres in the U.K. on September 16th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.



  • Mike F

    Definitely stoked for this one! John Le Carre is a master of the genre and his George Smiley character is a brilliant creation. As mentioned, Smiley appears in many of Le Carre’s novels but it is the trilogy that consists of “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy”, “The Honourable Schoolboy” and “Smiley’s People” in which we follow him as he tries to uncover a mole in the most senior levels of MI6 (or the Circus as it’s referred to in the books). It will be a challenge for Gary Oldman to top Alec Guiness’ portrayal of Smiley. That BBC production is currently available (on DVD only) on Netflix is definitely worth checking out. Keep in mind, this is no James Bond action thriller. It is a well-written, intelligent, detailed look at the real world of espionage.

  • This is now my most anticipated film of the year. So excited for this.

  • bert belgium

    this looks amazing, if only for the cumberbatch-firth combo

  • This is up there with Attack The Block on my most-anticipated list; I cannot WAIT to see this.

  • Darksiders

    looks great. loving the score as well.

  • Fatbologna

    Looks aces!

  • Andrew

    Does anyone if this has been to any festivals or anything this year? It seems like it came out of nowhere and it looks f-ing turtles.

  • swarez

    Darksider, the score is from The Wolfman.

  • Henrik

    Looks awesome, but Mark Strong is in this, so you know who’s going to be the mole!

  • Paul Andrews

    What a cast ! If anyone hasn’t seen the two Alec Guiness series as Smiley check them out. You won’t be disappointed.

  • Napalm

    Sold the minute I watched the trailer. The cast is too good to be true!