Trivia / Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

The Miniseries:

  • California Doubling: The Czechoslovakia scenes were filmed in and around Glasgow.
  • Creator-Preferred Adaptation: John le Carré was so impressed by Alec Guinness' performance as George Smiley that in later novels he wrote Smiley's characterization to be in keeping with Guinness's performance.
  • Playing Against Type: This was a rare dramatic role for Beryl Reid, who was known for light comedy. Alec Guinness was initially opposed to her casting, but she won him over.
  • Troubled Production: The series was plagued by a series of strikes. Due to shooting overruns, a large number of actors moved to other projects without finishing their roles.

The Film: