Smiley, George (Fictitious character)
Jan 20, 2012 — Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy — the masterfully told Cold War-era spy thriller — sits at No. 5.
Nov 1, 2011 — At its core, John le Carre's Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy isn't really about espionage, says critic John Powers. The 1974 novel, adapted for the screen in 1979 by the BBC, is actually about secrets and lies and shifting identities — which is to say, a metaphor for our own daily lives.