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‘Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy’ international teaser trailer

Posted by Kristopher Tapley · 2:14 am · June 30th, 2011

Tomas Alfredson’s “Let the Right One In” follow-up “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” is a film I’ve very much looking for. On paper, it looks like a dream, and judging by the freshly premiered international trailer (courtesy of The Guardian), the film appears to be a tightly wound potboiler that might electrify this Oscar season. Focus Features will be distributing and I think Gary Oldman could have a decent shot at that elusive first Oscar nomination. Check out the international teaser by clicking the image below or watch an embed after the jump.

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  • 1 6-30-2011 at 2:18 am

    tdr said...

    First one!
    But, god damn it, it looks very good. Ican’t wait.

  • 2 6-30-2011 at 2:45 am

    Daniel Crooke said...

    Best part of that (fantastic) trailer? The release date.

  • 3 6-30-2011 at 2:50 am

    tdr said...

    ^ Yup!

  • 4 6-30-2011 at 3:02 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Sid and Nancy, Prick Up Your Ears, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead, Dracula, True Romance, Leon, Immortal Beloved, The Contender, Hannibal, The Dark Knight, IT’S SO TIME!

  • 5 6-30-2011 at 3:20 am

    elsewhere said...

    that music

    that amazing music

  • 6 6-30-2011 at 3:52 am

    Carson Dyle said...



  • 7 6-30-2011 at 3:54 am

    Jonathan said...

    i want this music in my ears all day…
    does anyone know what it’s from?

  • 8 6-30-2011 at 4:17 am

    Julia said...

    YEAH, please, tell us what an amazing music is that??

    Awesome trailer
    Awesome actors

  • 9 6-30-2011 at 5:02 am

    Squasher88 said...

    damn, that looks good! Can’t freakin wait!

  • 10 6-30-2011 at 5:45 am

    Filmoholic said...

    Fantastic trailer and I love the music. And it comes out on my birthday!

  • 11 6-30-2011 at 6:00 am

    Loyal said...

    From the director of Let The Right One In, based on the book by John le Carré, starring Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, AND Tom Hardy? Sign me up!!!

    September is looking strong. Tinker Tinker, Contagion, Moneyball, Dream House, Drive, Warrior, and of course Shark Attack 3D.

  • 12 6-30-2011 at 6:03 am

    Zack said...

    I love that score too; who is it?

  • 13 6-30-2011 at 6:05 am

    Andrew M said...

    Wow, that trailer was fantastic. I just started reading the book, and it is good so far.

    I would also like to add the music is great.

  • 14 6-30-2011 at 6:28 am

    Duncan Houst said...

    Shock of a lifetime. The music is actually Danny Elfman’s score for “The Wolfman”.

    No matter. This film still looks fantastic and intense.

  • 15 6-30-2011 at 6:38 am

    JJ1 said...

    Looks really good. And I really believe that Oldman could get his first nom this time.

  • 16 6-30-2011 at 6:39 am

    Julia said...

    Duncan Houst, thank you!!
    The music is fantastic though

  • 17 6-30-2011 at 7:01 am

    Matthew Starr said...

    If Oldman were to get in the race I imagine everyone would be rooting for him.

  • 18 6-30-2011 at 7:04 am

    Matthew Starr said...

    And I bought a ticket to Transformers and don’t feel like watching it tomorrow after seeing such a classy teaser.

  • 19 6-30-2011 at 7:35 am

    Zack said...

    Also, is that Strong with the rifle towards the end? Sorry, I don’t have a very well-lit screen.

  • 20 6-30-2011 at 7:38 am

    Evan said...

    It looks a little dry for my taste, but this trailer makes it seem in my mind like a much, much better movie than any of the recent trailer releases (War Horse, A Dangerous Method, for instance).

  • 21 6-30-2011 at 8:15 am

    Matthew Starr said...

    I just realized that in the U.S this comes out two months later. ****ing hell!

  • 22 6-30-2011 at 8:18 am

    Drew said...

    Out of curiousity, what is Oldman’s professional reputation in the business? Undeniably talented for sure, but I’ve gotten the impression that he’s not only difficult, he’s just impossible to please. It seems like people tolerate him than they actually like him. I’ve always thought that his rep is what’s held him back from getting in with the oscars.

  • 23 6-30-2011 at 8:22 am

    Zack said...

    I think if Christian Bale played the game well enough to pull it off with the history he has, Oldman probably wouldn’t be held back, especially given how much more extensive a resume Oldman has.

  • 24 6-30-2011 at 8:40 am

    Maxim said...

    Considering its director this trailer looked remarkably by the numbers.

  • 25 6-30-2011 at 8:47 am

    John G said...

    Cumberbatch is going to be a huge star… with this, Sherlock Holmes, Frankenstein on the west end, War Horse, The Hobbit, more coming.

  • 26 6-30-2011 at 9:29 am

    Chris138 said...

    Awesome trailer, can’t wait to see the movie. I loved Let The Right One In so I’m hoping this delivers as well. And it’s just mind boggling to think of all the roles Gary Oldman has had over the years… and yet he has never gotten an Oscar nomination. Ridiculous.

  • 27 6-30-2011 at 9:44 am

    Andrej said...

    This trailer seems to have a very strong Inception-esque vibe. Looks intriguing :o

  • 28 6-30-2011 at 9:45 am

    Ripley said...

    Hurt, Firth, Hardy and OLDMAN in the same film, a must see for me as all are favs. Oldman is way overdue, great to see him working again.

  • 29 6-30-2011 at 10:04 am

    James said...

    Uh wow lol. Honestly maybe I just forgot about hearing about this, but I’m totally stoked. I mean besides Alfredson directing you have a ridiculous cast. Some of them not even mentioned in the trailer like Stephen Graham and Ciarán Hinds. Very eerie and supenseful. Can’t wait. Oh and I’ve been waiting to see Oldman in a lead role again so bravo to that as well.

  • 30 6-30-2011 at 11:25 am

    Chad Hartigan said...

    Yes please

  • 31 6-30-2011 at 11:48 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Maxim: How the hell do you cream yourself over the War Horse trailer and then come in here and call this one by the numbers?

  • 32 6-30-2011 at 12:10 pm

    John G said...

    Kris, unless you’re expecting to get them all right, do you think you might have enough information for the Oscar predictions? If you wait any longer you’ll go 100% and it won’t be any fun!

  • 33 6-30-2011 at 12:26 pm

    Fitz said...

    This looks good, like my favorite film of the year good.

  • 34 6-30-2011 at 12:33 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    I’ll be posting Oscar predictions (finally) on July 4, John. Stay tuned.

  • 35 6-30-2011 at 12:35 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    re: Oldman’s rep holding him back (which I can’t speak to), I don’t know. He seems to have simply been putting out amazing performances that naturally DON’T get Academy recognition. The only one that would have sparked that kind of attention was his work in The Contender, and he did manage a SAG nod for that, after all.

  • 36 6-30-2011 at 12:54 pm

    /3rtfu11 said...

    Kris who would you delete from the Best Actor lineup of 1992 to make room for Oldman’s Dracula?

  • 37 6-30-2011 at 1:04 pm

    Kevin Ketchum said...

    I’m so in. Reminds me a lot of Munich, a film I’m on the record as being a HUGE fan of. Can’t wait.

  • 38 6-30-2011 at 1:22 pm

    Jake Garza said...

    No best pic nod

  • 39 6-30-2011 at 1:44 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    I think it’ll be the best think Focus has to work with. On paper, I was somewhat reticent. After the trailer, I’m feeling better about it. I’m thinking Best Pic, Best Actor, Best Adapted Screenplay and maybe Best Cinematography.

  • 40 6-30-2011 at 2:16 pm

    Drew said...

    Kris he did manage the SAG nod, yes, but he also shot himself in the foot later on for comments he made regarding the film and how he felt his character was unfairly depicted. I know that he also pissed off Winona Ryder on the set of Dracula. Granted that was year ago. I am holding out hope to see him get some recognition some day.

    Speaking of awards, recognition, and marketing them for films, how come both Oldman and Firth get the awards credentials attached to their names in trailer while John Hurt isn’t listed as an Academy Award Nominee, and Tom Hardy isn’t cited for his BAFTA award? Seems strange to me.

  • 41 6-30-2011 at 2:28 pm

    James said...

    I don’t know Kris.I’m getting the feeling that this is too much of a genre picture for their tastes featuring an all british cast with the kind of dark dreary lighting accustomed to films set in that area. Might be too ugly for their taste.

    Can’t wait though. Hope this is released in the states close by.

  • 42 6-30-2011 at 2:56 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Dark and dreary? That hasn’t stopped a few films as of late. And lots of Brits only helps, given that block of votership (and the fact that they don’t have a whole lot to glom onto this year).

    Drew: I’m not denying that he’s a tough nut to crack, I’m just saying it’s not like he’s given Oscar-bait performance after Oscar-bait performance. And Hollywood is quick to forgive just about anyone, so I just think it’s overstating it a touch.

  • 43 6-30-2011 at 2:57 pm

    Rashad said...

    This does look very tv-ish. Like something right off of BBC.

  • 44 6-30-2011 at 4:01 pm

    James said...

    That’s true Kris. I thought the Brit thing might help, just not in the context of this kind of movie.

  • 45 6-30-2011 at 4:51 pm

    funkyfish said...

    “Rashad said…
    This does look very tv-ish. Like something right off of BBC.”

    Perhaps you’d like some exploding robots, lol
    Grow Up man, This is le Carré

  • 46 6-30-2011 at 6:02 pm

    Drew said...

    Eh, maybe I am. Maybe after enough time hollywood has forgiven him. He certainly doesn’t have the sama rap that kept Mickey Rourke on the nech for years.

    To add to James’ comments though, this is actually looking like kind of a genre heavy year, between tinker tailor, as well as the possibility of both Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and Drive entering the race as good contenders.

  • 47 6-30-2011 at 6:03 pm

    Rashad said...

    Idk, maybe it’s the way it was shot, but it does look like Luther or Sherlock Holmes.

  • 48 6-30-2011 at 6:13 pm

    Drew said...

    bench* not nech

  • 49 6-30-2011 at 7:39 pm

    DylanS said...

    I’m hard pressed to think of a more versatile british actor than Oldman. That that is the same man who delivered us Sid Vicious and that that is the same man who delivered us Commisioner Gordon is quite astonishing to me.

    And while it feels like we just keep saying it over and over, I get a very good feeling that he will finally be recognized.

  • 50 6-30-2011 at 8:21 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    I don’t think Girl with the Dragon Tattoo will be nominated for a single Oscar. *shrug*

  • 51 6-30-2011 at 9:00 pm

    DylanS said...

    Kris: I could easily see the film missing in major categories, but I’d have a hard time believing that the crafts branches (especially Sound, Score, Editing and Cinematography) would pass on a Fincher film. They have given him nods in all of the aforementioned categories for his last two films, which were both certainly more oscar friendly, but seem to reflect a trend.

    I myself am predicting Sound Mixing, Score and a Best Actress for Mara. I know people will be paying very close attention to her.

  • 52 6-30-2011 at 9:04 pm

    Glenn said...

    The 300 minute BBC miniseries of the movie is apparently great, but pretty much all talk so I’m sure all those saying this looks “dry” should stay away from that.

  • 53 7-01-2011 at 12:45 am

    Drew said...

    Don’t give up hope yet, Kris.

  • 54 7-01-2011 at 1:08 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Editing might be something to consider for Girl. I think Se7en looks to be the model here. However, if Se7en came out today, I’m not sure it would receive an editing nomination. Hence my point. I feel it’ll be a return to an aggressive style that the Academy will happily take a pass on and wait for something safer out of him again. If this were his Departed 20 years from now, maybe it would be a different story.

    PURE speculation, naturally.

  • 55 7-01-2011 at 9:07 am

    DylanS said...

    I still think the only reason “Zodiac” didn’t get any nominations was because of its early release.

  • 56 7-01-2011 at 12:23 pm

    JFK said...

    Wow, this looks way better than I thought it might!

  • 57 7-02-2011 at 9:47 am

    whatafy said...

    Great trailer with great music and great story. I can’t wait for this movie.

  • 58 7-02-2011 at 10:25 am

    Matthew Starr said...

    I’m still wondering how Joe Johnston and crew managed to misuse this track by Danny Elfman. That I saw the Wolf Man and this music did not stand out to me says a lot about the film.

  • 59 7-02-2011 at 10:40 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    I actually quite liked The Wolfman and recall loving the score (and thinking, if it were a better movie, it might have had a shot at a nod). I knew this was familiar, just couldn’t place it.

  • 60 7-02-2011 at 12:43 pm

    Matthew Starr said...

    I prefer the Lon Chaney and the John Landis, both by a considerable margin. Hell I may even like Nichols rendition more but I have not seen that in years.

    Why would The Wolf Man being a better film have improved the score’s chances? The overall quality did not stop it from getting a makeup win.

  • 61 7-02-2011 at 12:57 pm

    Fitz said...

    Could anybody enlighten me about the notoriety surrounding Oldman’s award chances about ‘The Contender’?

  • 62 7-02-2011 at 1:04 pm

    Fitz said...

    And for anyone who is curious the track in question is called “Wolf Suite, Part 1″.

  • 63 7-02-2011 at 2:45 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Matt: Perhaps “more Academy-friendly genre” is what I meant as opposed to “better movie,” though the composers are a little more discerning of the overall quality of a film than makeup peeps, for the most part.

  • 64 7-08-2011 at 3:22 pm

    Archie said...

    I think he had a sort of bad reputation in the past but since the last 15 years i got the impression he is a nice and humble guy and many actors or directors who worked with Gary Oldman say nice words about him .I think he is a very nice guy in real life and he is for sure overdue for a Oscar nom .I hope he´ll be nominated and even win ;).