How to make a classy trailer and slowly turn the screws whilst giving your viewers goose bumps?

Well, if you head over to The Guardian those lucky people have the exclusive on quite possibly the best made and intelligent teaser in a long time, as the first footage from Tomas Alfredson’s new adaptation of John Le Carre’s spy novel Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy makes a very stylish web debut.


First published in 1974, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy follows the investigations undertaken by the book’s central character George Smiley (Gary Oldman), an ageing intelligence officer brought out of retirement to weed out a Soviet spy working within the hierarchy of MI6 (referred to in the story simply as The Circus).

Le Carre’s thriller was famously filmed by the BBC in 1979 with Alec Guinness in the pivotal role of Smiley whilst Gary Oldman’s casting in the forthcoming film adaptation seems perfect (interestingly although central to the footage in the trailer note how Smiley is the observer and collector of facts and lets the other protagonists hint at the unfolding events).

Oldman’s spy hunter will share the screen with a hard hitting line-up of thespians that include current favourites Benedict Cumberbatch, Ciaran Hinds, Tom Hardy, Colin Firth and Mark Strong with further support from Toby Jones and the legendary John Hurt.

Make no doubt this is a classy exercise in drawing in the viewer with it’s chilling cold war atmosphere and the ruthless almost workman like characteristics of it’s spies.

Elsewhere the set design and costumes look marvellously retrospective and the screenplay by Bridget O’ Connor and Peter Straughan hints that the high standard of suspense found in the novel and it’s previous screen incarnation will be maintained.

Over reacting? Judge for yourself as the trailer can be found HERE.

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is released in the UK on 16th September 2011.

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