100 Words, 100 Days: Day 72. On Smiley.

No, not the emoticon but the character: John Le Carre’s famous spymaster, George Smiley. Coming out of a screening of the recent adaptation of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, I thought about fictional characters authors are most famous for. Fleming has Bond, Lee Child has Jack Reacher, Conan Doyle had Sherlock Holmes.

For people of a certain age, Sir Alec Guinness’s portrayal of Smiley was the benchmark by which Gary Oldman would be judged. But now Le Carre’s creation has a new lease of life, and  I would love to see him return for another adventure.

Classic characters will live forever.

 

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2 responses to “100 Words, 100 Days: Day 72. On Smiley.

  1. I’m looking forward to this. As for Oldman, mein gott undt liddle vishes! Gary Oldman must be just about the finest, and most versatile actor living today. I don’t say this lightly. He is under-used, if anything. Before him, I thought the most versatile actor in the world was Dustin Hoffman, but Mr. Oldman takes the crown.

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