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Geoff Pevere: The Two George Smileys

Posted in Opinion with tags , , , , , on January 27, 2012 by segarini

As George Smiley, the inscrutable British spook created by John le Carré in 1961, Gary Oldman wears a mask of pale flesh. With the exception of a very few scenes in Tomas Alfredson’s worthy interpretation of le Carré’s Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Smiley is impenetrably unreadable. His inner life is inaccessible and you understand this is what it takes to be a spy of Smiley’s vintage and calibre. He’s let the human leach out of him and, as he embarks on a complex mission to expose the Russian ‘mole’ who has infiltrated the top levels of the so-called ‘Circus’, you realize he’s been either reduced or elevated to a form of pure function. The ultimate bureaucrat, a cyborg with public health spectacles.

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