It is 1962: the height of the Cold War and only months after the building of the Berlin Wall. Alex Leamas is a hard-working, hard-drinking British intelligence officer whose East Berlin network is in tatters. His agents are either on the run or dead, victims of the ruthlessly efficient East German counter-intelligence officer Hans-Dieter Mundt. Leamas is recalled to London – where, to his surprise, he's offered a chance at revenge. But to get it, he may have to stay out in the cold a little longer…

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold - Netflix

Type: Scripted

Languages: English

Status: In Development

Runtime: None minutes

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The Spy Who Came in from the Cold - George Smiley - Netflix

George Smiley OBE is a fictional character created by John le Carré. Smiley is a career intelligence officer with “The Circus,” the British overseas intelligence agency. He is a central character in the novels Call for the Dead, A Murder of Quality, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Honourable Schoolboy, and Smiley's People, and a supporting character in The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, The Looking Glass War, The Secret Pilgrim and A Legacy of Spies. Carre created Smiley as an intentional foil to James Bond, a character whom he believed depicted an inaccurate and damaging version of espionage life. Short, overweight, balding, and bespectacled, Smiley is polite and self-effacing and frequently allows others to mistreat him, including his serially unfaithful wife; these traits mask his inner cunning, eidetic memory, mastery of tradecraft, and occasional ruthlessness. His genius, coupled with other characters' willingness to underestimate him, allows Smiley to consistently achieve his goals and ultimately become one of the most powerful spies in England. The character is held in high esteem in England, where he has become a pop-culture icon on par with Bond. The Guardian has called him “the sort of spy [England] believes it ought to have: a bit shabby, academic, basically loyal, and sceptical of the enthusiasms of his political masters.”

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold - Age - Netflix

Although Smiley ages through his appearances over a half-century, Le Carré has frequently retconned elements of his backstory so that he exists on something of a floating timeline. In his initial appearance in 1961's Call for the Dead, Smiley is somewhere around 55 years of age; changes to his birth year in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, set between 1973-74, make him about 58 during the events of that story. He ages into his sixties during the subsequent two novels, The Honourable Schoolboy and Smiley's People, the latter of which depicts him in declining physical health as he grows older and heavier. However, although no reference is made to his age in 2017's A Legacy Of Spies, set in 2017, he does not appear to be substantially older than he was in his last appearance, although he should be 102 years old during the events of the book. This has led Dwight Garner of The New York Times to observe that Smiley is “one of those ashen Englishmen, like the poet Philip Larkin, who seem to be permanently 60 years old.”

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