One of my favorite authors is John Le Carré. Of his 21 (I think) novels, my favorite is Honourable Schoolboy, followed by Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and Smiley’s People, which are also sold as a trilogy titled Karla versus Smiley (which is the publisher’s method to get people to buy the same book twice...which I did.).
I was reminded of this as I watched the British television adaptation of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy with Alec Guinness. This is an excellent and credible production. There has been a recent movie version, which prejudice tells me will not be as credible.
Perhaps, my liking is a generational thing. Young folks might not like these books as much, because they did not live through the times or have a connection with the events. The television adaptation was produced closer to the “actual” events, so the scenes were realistic or, at least, believable. I imagine that the movie folks would be less likely to capture the feel and look of the times, believing that audiences would not know the difference. After all, they filmed a Civil War movie in Romania.
This revulsion to lack of credibility explains my rejection of the new Great Gatsby and Moulin Rouge, to name just two make-overs. Neither captured the feel of the period, as I interpret it from photos and books. I demand realism, plausibility, and credibility in books and films. Unless it’s a cartoon...
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.