This is likely to be my movie of the year.
A tale of high intrigue and spycraft, set at the height of the cold war. Based on the excellent novel by John le Carré. I predict Oscar nominations for Oldman and Firth.
Tom Hardy ... Ricki Tarr
Gary Oldman ... George Smiley
Ciarán Hinds ... Roy Bland
John Hurt ... Control
Benedict Cumberbatch ... Peter Guillam
Toby Jones ... Percy Alleline
Colin Firth ... Bill Haydon
Mark Strong ... Jim Prideaux
Anyone who has read the book will appreciate the unutterable brilliance of this casting:
George Smiley is an MI6 spy in forced retirement, following a botched operation in which Prideaux was wounded in an encounter with Czech forces. Smiley is approached by the Cabinet's security dude with information that the operation was not botched, but was a set up linked to a mole in MI6's top echelons.
Smiley uses every tradecraft tool in his arsenal, as well as his considerable perspicacity, to start spying on the spies to identify the mole. Hilarity ensues (not really).
If you haven't read the book - you should. Even though it is not full of exploding helicopters, it is a very gripping piece of work. The author was in fact an MI6 operator (plenty of info on his wiki page) and based the book on the real life scandal surrounding Kim Philby.
For audiobook fans, you may want to know that the 'default' audiobook version on Amazon is not in fact the book, it's a three-hour BBC dramatization originally made as a radio play. The full audiobook is available here (Amazon).
There are three of them... and Alleline.