According to the Los Angeles Times, director Tomas Alfredson, best known for his 2008 hit vampire film Let the Right One In, explained his transition to the spy genre with the big screen adaptation of John le Carré’s Cold War novel called Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.
For those that don’t know, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy was adapted into a British TV series in 1979 with Alec Guiness (Obi-wan Kenobi) in the role of SIS agent George Smiley.
Interestingly, Tomas Alfredson revealed that Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is much more than espionage and secret intelligence. “For me ‘Tinker Tailor’ is not really a spy movie,” Alfredson told the L.A. Times. “It’s a film about friendship and loyalty, and the personal costs for soldiers in the Cold War.”
Alfredson also mentioned that Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is a complex story that may be lost on the audience since some aspects of the film were intended to provoke thought instead of being too on the nose. “There are people who will say ‘I didn’t understand it, I didn’t get it,'” Alfredson added, “and that’s fine. We tried to give as little information as possible. When you create music or theater or film that fits everyone, the quality and the personal touch can get lost.”
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy stars Gary Oldman, Colin Firth and Tom Hardy, with Oldman in the role of agent George Smiley who is brought out of retirement to help catch a mole in the British Secret Service during the height of the Cold War in the 1970s.