If you love spy novels, then you must know the name of John le Carre. He's an author that rivaled Ian Fleming in the 60s and still in this age has mastered tales, most recently he wrote, "A Delicate Truth." Le Carre gave the masses gritty tales about the life of spies.
One of his most famous works undoubtedly has to be "The Spy Who Came in the from the Cold," but his others are just as mesmerizing. "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," is another work of his that many have hailed as the best piece of spy fiction.
It's no doubt on why directors have wanted to make his works into movies. This list looks at five of his works that got turned into movies. While some of the movies that were made don't always rival the original work, they do make for fun viewing pleasure. His works also have been turned into TV movies like the wonderful adaptation of "Tinker Tailor Solider Spy" with the one and only Alec Guinness.
These five picks though are some good movies. So spy and le Carre fans take a look.
'Spy Who Came in from the Cold'
"The Spy Who Came in the from the Cold," was directed in 1965 and starred Richard Burton, Claire Bloom, and Oskar Werner.
This one is a great adaptation of the book and the cast is wonderful. Burton gave his all in the performance. The Criterion Collection gave this movie a Blu-ray release last year in Sept.
This gritty and depressing tale, talks about a spy who is being toyed with not just in web of lies, but also by society. Martin Ritt had directed the spy drama.
When the movie came out it was named one of the top ten best movies of 1966 by the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures and it also had been showered with nominations and awards.
So if you haven't seen this movie yet, it's definitely a must and that goes with the book too. Read it and then watch it sometime. You shouldn't be disappointed.
'The Deadly Affair'
Picked "The Deadly Affair" because it's sort of a lesser known film and it's also based off of John le Carre's first book "Call for the Dead."
The film starred James Mason, Harry Andrews, Simone Signoret, and Maximilian Schell. The movie was directed by a great director, Sidney Lumet.
The movie was released in 1966 in the UK and 1967 in the U.S. When you watch the movie you'll notice that Mason's character is changed to Charles Dobbs, that was because another film company had the rights to the name George Smiley.
The movie takes Dobbs to investigate a suicide of a Foreign Office official. That leads Dobbs to find out more than he really bargained for.
The movie when released had been nominated for five BAFTA awards, though it didn't win any of the awards.
For those who are interested "The Deadly Affair," is available for rental on Amazon for $2.99 or to buy for $9.99.
'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy'
It was 2011 a good year for both Gary Oldman and British spy movies. Oldman was George Smiley in "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy"
This movie had an all-star cast, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, Benedict Cumberbatch, John Hurt, heck even le Carre was in it!
Tomas Alfredson directed the 2011 spy thriller. The movie basically is about George Smiley trying to find out who is the mole in their own agency.
The movie being so popular has made speculation that the director is thinking about making a sequel to it. Hopefully that happens soon and it's just as good as this one.
Like the last few talked about it was another one that made its rounds to different award shows including the Academy Awards. Oldman had been nominated for Best Actor during that year.
So if you still haven't seen this movie, what are you waiting for?
'The Tailor of Panama'
"The Tailor of Panama" is a 2001 movie that starred Pierce Bronson, Geoffry Rush, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Harold Pinter.
The film is based off of the 1996 book that has the same name. John Boorman directed the movie.
Forgot too Harry Potter fans, Daniel Radcliffe was in the film also, his character was Mark Pendel.
The movie got generally decent reviews from critics. The movie on Rotten Tomatoes with 113 reviews has a 77% and on IMDb it has a 6.1 out of 10.
If you missed out on this 2001 picture, Amazon sells a digital download for $9.99, but for a hard copy it's must cheaper, $4.90!
'The Little Drummer Girl'
"The Little Drummer Girl" is a 1984 movie directed by George Roy Hill and starred Diane Keaton, Klaus Kinski, Sami Frey, and Yorgo Voyagis.
Not this isn't the sequel to "The Little Drummer Boy," either. It's actually a movie about an American actress, who is thrusted into spying and pretenting to date a PLO Bomber for the Mossad.
Another one that might have fallen off the radar. The movie is a $1.99 for a rental on Amazon and $9.99 to buy a digital download.
"The Little Drummer Girl," ratings are a 6.1 out of 10 on IMDb and with only 6 reviews the movie has a 61% on Rotten Tomatoes.