Let The Right Ensemble In – the remake of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy sounds ace

September 23, 2010 by Simon Kinnear in Opinion with 2 Comments

Tinker – a new version of the ace spy drama, based on a novel by John Le Carre, which proved that Alec Guinness still had Genuine Class (it’s an anagram, geddit?) even after taking the blockbuster dollar as Ob-Wai Kenobi.

Tailor – It’s the next film from Let The Right One In director Tomas Alfredson, so is bound to cut a dash with elegant camerawork, precision tension and bold drama.

Soldier – It’s got a high-wattage cast of  hard men and heavy thinkers.  Lee Harvey Oswald (aka Gary Oldman) plays spymaster George Smiley, but look who he’s brought with him.  Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch). Al Capone (Stephen Graham). Charles Bronson (Tom Hardy). Kick Ass‘s Frank D’Amico (Mark Strong).  Oh, and Trigger from Only Fools and Horses (Roger Lloyd Pack).

Spy – In just under a year’s time, on 16th September 2011.

EDIT: I should add that news reached me today that Geoffrey Burgon, the composer who scored the gorgeous soundtrack to the original series, has passed away aged 69.  I’m a huge Burgon fan, chiefly because he contributed two of the finest suites of incidental music ever to appear in Doctor Who, for Tom Baker’s Terror of the Zygons and The Seeds of Doom.  The latter, incidentally my favourite Who story of the lot, is out on DVD next month and includes a featurette on Burgon’s music.  How timely.

From where I stand, the only thing that could fuck up this new version of Tinker, Tailor… is putting Simon Cowell in charge of the music.

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  1. The Incredible SuitSep 23, 2010 at 3:19 pmReply

    You are of course quite right, so don't be offended when my almost identical post about this appears next week. Great minds think alike.

  2. Simon KinnearSep 23, 2010 at 3:22 pmReply

    Oops. I don't often get press releases that interest me, certainly not ones that offer such an irresistably laboured metaphor!

    Take solace in the fact that you'll have 100x more readers than me 😉

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