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The poster for Tomas Alfredson's Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is awesome!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with another new poster! It's pretty safe to say that Tomas Alfredson's Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is one of my most anticipated movies left this year. I mean, Let the Right One In was the first movie since Children of Men that I left the theater knowing it was going to be my favorite movie of the year; that no other movie that year could possibly work better for me.

And then you look at the cast Alfredson gathered together... Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hardy, Colin Firth, John Hurt, Toby Jones, Mark Strong and Ciaran Hinds. The mixture of old guard and up and coming talent is staggering. I mean, is there any chance at all a movie with that cast can be dull? Doubt it.

Now we have a great poster, which Yahoo premiered yesterday, to add fuel to the anticipation fire. Check it out below:




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  • Sept. 9, 2011, 7:44 a.m. CST

    first - Gary Oldman is awesome.

    by irc-Hollywood

    thank you and goodnight.

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 7:45 a.m. CST

    One of the best casts of the year.

    by shutupfanboy

    Forget Contagion, this is the Oscar film of the year. I can't wait for this to open.

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 7:46 a.m. CST

    Actually less impressed by the poster

    by Ithrat Cordwallis

    Than I have been by some of the screen grabs - makes it look like Oldman is about to go and eat some children. And it's too staged-looking for my tastes, what with the Velvet Underground style glove on the left - but what do I know? Film should be ace, though.

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 7:51 a.m. CST

    Tom Hardy AND Tom Hardy in the same cast?

    by Craig Baillie

    That is impressive.

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 7:51 a.m. CST

    Tinker toys!!!

    by Bobo_Vision

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 7:51 a.m. CST

    Definitely Looking Forward to the Movie

    by Aquatarkusman

    But the poster obviously makes no sense, and is too Matrix-y. Are we supposed to divine that Oldman's character is a cryptographer or computer programmer? The enemy is within what?

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 7:52 a.m. CST

    Looks great, very interested in seeing this.

    by justmyluck

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 7:53 a.m. CST

    That's a hell of a cast - count me in. And yeah, good poster.

    by ClayMatthews

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 8:18 a.m. CST


    by Marxeffect

    There's a review up on Five stars! Sounds like it could be as good as it should be.

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 8:20 a.m. CST

    Character being made gay

    by vicmackey1268

    one of the characters, i've been told, is, in the book, a player who uses his charms and suave charisma on women as part of his spy agenda....and in the movie reports are the character is now gay... Now, if the gay part was in source material that's one thing, but making a character gay just to maybe appeal to more of a gay fanbase is pretty friggin stupid and a part of me is well, turned off, to the idea of seeing the movie. I'm sure it will still be at least a good movie but the gay thing would only be understandable if it was part of the original author's intent...especially since the character uses his love for women to his advantage. Idk..if all of this is wrong and the guy isn't gay and I've been fed some bad information...or disinformation for that matter, let me know.

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 8:21 a.m. CST

    Not the best poster I've seen for this

    by melonman

    UK versions are better. Although this is going to sell gangbusters through word of mouth. The hype being that it's just a bloody good movie with a brain for once.

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 8:28 a.m. CST

    by Omar B

    I can't wait for this, LeCarre is quite easily my favorite (or always floating around in my top 3) with this book and the entire Quest For Karla trilogy being his highpoint. I do wonder though how they'll handle certain things because this book is part of a trilogy. Do they just skip the parts that have to do with the larger story and just deal with the more immediate threat to Whitehall?

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 8:55 a.m. CST

    Tom Hardy.........

    by ChiefRoberts good, he's mentioned twice!

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 9:48 a.m. CST

    omarb - I don't think you need to leave anything out

    by hst666

    I have read the Karla trilogy. TTSS reads like a classic first book in that it is pretty self-contained and I don't think anything stands out as superfluous in the absence of the other two books.

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 9:49 a.m. CST

    Gary Oldman

    by master_of_realty

    has never been nominated for an Oscar. Never. Even. Been. Nominated. Go on and marinate on that.

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 9:55 a.m. CST

    Jesus Christ, how have I not heard of this? The trailer...

    by Fawst

    was incredible. I mean, Oscar for cinematography, right there. I just got through telling my wife that it's been a very long time indeed since I was hyped for a movie that came out of nowhere for me (in this case, "Warrior"). I'm blessed to have two in such a short time span, because this is #1 on my radar for me. Wow.

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 11:14 a.m. CST

    I want to see this one just for that cast....

    by Orbots Commander

    ...playing off each other. That's quite an ensemble. I'm thinking this is Oscar-bait-actor-trophy-city.

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 11:18 a.m. CST


    by Orbots Commander

    What gay fanbase? This is a spy thriller based on a John LeCarre Cold War espionage novel, not an adaptation of Cats.

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 12:16 p.m. CST

    Looking good.

    by Mono

    The poster is fine. More importantly, this movie looks likely to be fantastic. Can't wait.

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 12:35 p.m. CST

    Hey look there's a mole on his nose...

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    clever Brits.

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 12:53 p.m. CST

    The Gay Thing

    by Human Tornado

    In the book, the mole has an affair with a sailor. So he's at least bisexual.

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 1:11 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    Bring this movie on already!

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 1:12 p.m. CST

    fawst, you do know that DRIVE exists, don't you?

    by AsimovLives

    That is also another movie that is putting the hype on me.

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 1:21 p.m. CST

    Dear Human Tornado.

    by Scott Coulter

    I sincerely hope you haven't just hit me with a horrible spoiler and ruined my most anticipated film of the year.

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 2:39 p.m. CST


    by vicmackey1268

    ok...ya I had no clue and was planning on reading the book just cuz I heard it's amazing....I just wondered cuz I've been reading so many people are pissed about it and if it was true it would be a little crappy that they changed something like that....thanks.

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 2:47 p.m. CST

    Another flick with a bang up British cast..

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    44 Inch Chest with Ray Winstone, Ian McShane, John Hurt, Tom Wilkinson, Stephen Dillane, Joanne Whalley, Steven Berkoff...

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 3:22 p.m. CST

    TWO tom hardys???

    by jsfithaca

    c'mon quint proofread. and 44 inch chest was my favorite movie last year so any comparison is a good thing

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 3:28 p.m. CST

    Yeah, I'm majorly hyped for this one

    by Kammich

    This is one of those rare instances where I saw the cast and director attached, and I literally needed to know NOTHING more after that. The film had my $8 on opening night. The debut trailer could've been 2 and a half minutes of a midget covered in creamed corn and dancing to Duran Duran and I still would've paid good money to see it. Okay, maybe not.

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 3:46 p.m. CST


    by Tigger Tales

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 4:17 p.m. CST

    Gay characters in Tinker, Tailor

    by Windy City Blue

    I won't give details here, because of the plot implications, but it is strongly implied in both the book and the 1979 BBC adaptation that two major characters had a gay relationship in the years prior to the novel's action. It is not a sop to current cultural tides.

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 6:41 p.m. CST


    by Omar B

    I hear what you are saying about threads not being just left out there. After all, the search doesn't really get started in ernest till the second book. But Karla is the root of the trouble at Whitehall so I guess it's tough to leave him out. As for the gay character, as someone else mentioned, it was alluded to, but in Lecarre's subtle style a lot of people missed it. Yes, two characters have an uneasy relationship now because of indiscretions in the past (maybe not a full on affair), but this same person also slept with a male source for information.

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 7:41 p.m. CST

    Gary Oldman Is So Handsome

    by BuffDaddy

    He's my new Brad Pitt. I want to impregnate him with my SUPER SPERM like "Ahhh, thank you Gary...I love you!"

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 7:43 p.m. CST

    Gary Oldman Has a Footlong Penis

    by BuffDaddy

    He's hung like a horse and full of tiger's blood

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 8:30 p.m. CST

    by Omar B

    Tiger blood, super sperm, foot long, all true. just look at the TDKR set pix!

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 9:59 p.m. CST


    by BuffDaddy

    I've had a huge mancrush on Gary Oldman since he starred in Bram Stroker's Dracula. Gary and Chris Sarandon are the sexiest vampires ever. I want to give them my boner and blood. How could Mina turn Vlad Dracula? LOVE NEVER DIES BITCHES!

  • Sept. 10, 2011, 7:54 p.m. CST

    can't wait. Only downside is, with a cast this good the running time will feel

    by IWasInJuniorHighDickhead

    painfully short. From what i've been hearing, it is a wonderful adaptation, but given there was not an ounce of fat on the original miniseries, we're going to miss out on a lot of what made the original great.<P> That's me being wistful, not a complaint. What a great thing, that in these vacuous days there are still people who'll give us great and adult drama. Best of all, it's sllloooowww (though I fail to see how a two hour running time equates to the 'slow burn' of the original. People are saying it captures it, though).

  • Sept. 10, 2011, 8:10 p.m. CST


    by David Derbes

    I don't want to spoil the movie, but: In the BBC version, there is a very slight hint of this, pretty much what is in the novel (in the novel, it is a little stronger, but really only suggested.) It may be that the new version makes it more explicit. But it is there, in the original.

  • Sept. 10, 2011, 10:26 p.m. CST

    Spies Have Gay Sex All The Time

    by BuffDaddy

    To get the hit(job) done! It doesn't make them gay. But I'll be gay for Gary Oldman humongous penis.

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 10:11 a.m. CST

    Tinker Tailor Poster

    by Tony Crawley

    Aw c'mon, that's hardly awesome, guys. And almost a clone of the same studio's new Mission: Impossible poster. Lack of imagination there, Paramount. "Awesome" would be a one-sheet featuring ALL of that breathtaking Tinker, Tailor cast - Oldman, Firth, Strong, Cumberbatch, etc., etc.

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 2:02 p.m. CST

    Thanks everyone...

    by vicmackey1268

    I had no idea so I really appreciate that you guys filled me in without callin me names or hating on me just cuz I mentioned "gay" in my post. As for spies being gay all the time... THANK GOD that will never happen with Bond.

  • Sept. 12, 2011, 7:55 a.m. CST

    The Mole is bi-sexual in the books.

    by Dark Doom

    Not to give names but in the moles' recruitment to circus it is noted, and his relationship to another agent is hinted at. Also the mole is known for nailing anything that moves, it is part of his cover and Karla suggests he nail....well read the book.