A former British spy, David John Moore Cornwell began writing some of literature’s most celebrated espionage novels under the pen name John le Carré while still peering under the Iron Curtain for MI5. Though most of his novels are set during the Cold War, just as in Fleming’s Bond novels, le Carré set himself apart by preoccupying himself with the moral complexities of the spy profession rather than gadgets and good vs. evil heroics. This month we begin a retrospective of the best screen adaptations of his work, which continues into October.
Ralph Fiennes and Rachel Weisz star in this tale of corporate corruption in Nairobi.
An intricate, atmospheric adaptation of one of John le Carre's best-known novels.
In this superb thriller, a British agent is murdered at the height of the Cold War.
A chilling Cold War espionage film, featuring a boss nova score by Quincy Jones.
Pierce Brosnan and Geoffrey Rush try to out-con each other in this Panama-set thriller.
Richard Burton stars as a British agent in one of the bleakest of all Cold War thrillers.
Diane Keaton is forced into service as a double-agent in this John le Carré adaptation.