Telling Stories with Tinker,Tailor, Soldier, Spy (movie and book style)

06 Jul

Close friends know that I have a code name. The code name is used after important information is given as typical with any code name. Last year, I played the role as the mole and finding out important information about my roommate. My ex-roommate and I have a complicated relationship. My code name is Tinker-Tailor. Originally, Tailor after the mole himself and Colin Firth. Tinker was add because my friend liked it.

From Wikipedia:

Control, the Circus Chief, assigns the code names “Tinker,” “Tailor,” “Soldier,” “Poorman,” and “Beggarman,” to the five senior intelligence officers under suspicion of being a Soviet mole, with the intention that should an agent called Prideaux uncover information about the identity of the mole he can relay it back using an easy-to-recall code the mole is unaware of. The names are derived from the English children’s rhyme “Tinker, Tailor”:

Tinker, Tailor,
Soldier, Sailor,
Rich Man, Poor Man,
Beggarman, Thief.

The codename “Sailor” was not used as it sounded too much like “Tailor,” and Control drops “Rich Man” resulting in Toby Esterhase being code-named “Poor Man.” George Smiley is “Beggarman.”

Control:  All I want from you is one codename: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier…

George Smiley: …Spy.

It’s the age-old question. Who can spy on the spies? (Oliver Lacon)

We’re not so different, you and I. We’ve both spent our lives looking for the weakness in one another’s systems. Don’t you think it’s time to recognize there is as little worth on your side as there is on mine? (George Smiley)

“The old Circus is gone now, so what does it matter? That was a good time. It was the war. A real war. Englishmen could be proud then. If it’s bad, don’t come back. I want to remember you all as you were. (Connie Sachs)

This movie and book answers the question on as Lacon said, “Who can spy on the spies?”. The book and movie are both confusing. It took me a while to get it and understanding who all the characters are. I honestly thought that Tinker was the mole throughout the whole movie. The book and movie tell a story about how far would you go for love, trust, and knowing who your friends are. I keep thinking about Peter Guillam (Benedict Cumberbatch) and how he was more of the younger child within the Circus, one of the characters mentioning that he should come to the grown-ups but yet he plays an important role in helping Smiley. Peter trust Smiley even though Smiley can never offer any protection from the ringleaders of the Circus. Prideaux and Tarr both play an important role in the overall spying, even though they are minor characters. Their role is what helps plants the idea that there is a mole, they both know that something is wrong. Prideaux ends up killing his best friend in order to have full closer that his friend is the spy. There are no minor or major characters in this novel and movie.

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