It's been hailed as the film of the year, so what did FHM think? Oh we loved it. We loved it a lot.
What Is It?: New spy film we’ve been desperately watching the trailer for on an endless loop since it was released. Based on the John Le Carre novel of the same name, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is set in the dark days of the Cold War when Russia, Britain and America spied on each other and boasted about how many times over they could blow up the world with their stash of nuclear weapons. The film centers on retired intelligence agent George Smiley and his search to find out which one of his colleagues in the upper reaches of MI6 is secretly acting as a mole for the Soviet government.
What We Loved: Too much. It's edge-of-your-seat stuff but it's done in a subtle way that gets under your skin until you feel uncomfortably involved in something that you’ve got no idea how to extract yourself from. The main point we came away with is that we’d last two minutes as an MI6 agent. Extracting fingernails for the sake of government secrets? Not a chance.
What We Didn’t Love: Not a lot. We were scared this might be a classic case of when you meet your heroes and they just don’t live up to how you’ve imagined them. Kind of like the time we saw Jon from S Club 7 when we were little and he was smoking. That was a sad day. Luckily, this movie is infinitely better than a washed-up pop band and didn’t rubbish our expectations in the slightest.
Look Out For: One of the most impressive groups of Brit actors ever to gather on screen. Gary Oldman, John Hurt, Benedict Cumberbatch, Mark Strong, Kathy Burke, Colin Firth and Tom Hardy. Plus, look out for the lovely Svetlana Khodchenkova as a Soviet defector. We’d like to spy on her, if you know what we mean.
Get The Look: Fusty tweed suit (elbow patches optional), whiskey (lots of it), several hundred cigarettes.
Excitement Level: 95%. Has to be one of the best spy films ever made. Make sure you see it.
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is in cinemas nationwide from September 16