Spymaster seems familiar, but eludes further investigation

The Man Who Was George Smiley: The Life of John Bingham by Michael Jago. Biteback, €25.20. Reviewed by Andrew Lynch.

10th March, 2013
Gary Oldman as George Smiley.

The Man Who Was George Smiley: The Life of John Bingham by Michael Jago


In the world of British spy fiction, George Smiley ranks second only to James Bond as the most famous character ever created. John Le Carré's secret agent is in many ways the anti-007: quiet, unassuming and capable of getting results without indulging in sex or violence. Brilliantly portrayed by Alec Guinness and Gary Oldman on screen, he is described by one...

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