Event alert: Novelist John le Carre will be speaking this week about his career, his new novel, and about the long literary life of his character George Smiley. "An Evening With George Smiley" will be held on September 7th at the Royal Festival Hall in London. More information at the John le Carre website. He also spoke with Terry Gross this evening on the interview program, Fresh Air, where he discussed his upbringing, career in MI5 and MI6, his mystery con-man father (and his Stasi file), and what it meant to discover the writing life. Listen on NPR. John le Carre had a massive hit with his 1963 novel The Spy Who Came In From the Cold, which was adapted into a feature film in 1965 starring Richard Burton (Look Back in Anger, Where Eagles Dare), Oskar Werner (Jules and Jim, Fahrenheit 451), and Claire Bloom (Look Back in Anger). The character George Smiley has appeared in many film and television adaptations of le Carre novels, most notably portrayed by Alec Guinness (Tinker Tailar Soldier Spy/1979, Smiley's People/1982, James Mason (The Deadly Affair/1966), and most recently by Gary Oldman (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy/2011). Check out the Fresh Air interview, and do make it to the live event in London if you are in town. In other news, check out my episodes of the Cocktail Nation radio show, where I introduce classic spy films/TV series and play soundtracks and rare cuts: Episode #1 (Danger Man) and Episode #2 (The 10th Victim), Epsiode #3 (On Her Majesty's Secret Service), Episode #4 (Roger Moore/The Saint), and Episode #5 (The Avengers). Episode #6 (The Prisoner).
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