John le Carré

One of the world's most respected authors of spy fiction, John le Carr is a writer who gives his work added authenticity due to his time spent working for British intelligence agencies. Recruited by MI5 when he was ... Read more »
Born: 10/19/1931 in Poole, Dorset, England, GB

Filmography

Writer (16)

The Night Manager 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Source Material (from novel)

A Most Wanted Man 2014 (Movie)

(from novel: "A Most Wanted Man") (Source Material)

Our Kind of Traitor 2014 (Movie)

(from novel: "Our Kind of Traitor") (Source Material)

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy 2011 (Movie)

(from novel: "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy") (Source Material)

The Constant Gardener 2005 (Movie)

(from novel: "The Constant Gardener") (Source Material)

The Tailor of Panama 2001 (Movie)

(Novel) (Source Material)

The Tailor of Panama 2001 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Russia House 1990 (Movie)

("The Russia House") (Source Material (from novel))

The Little Drummer Girl 1984 (Movie)

("The Little Drummer Girl") (Source Material (from novel))

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Source Material (from novel)

The Looking Glass War 1969 (Movie)

("The Looking Glass War") (Source Material (from novel))

The Deadly Affair 1967 (Movie)

("Call For the Dead") (Source Material (from novel))

The Spy Who Came in From the Cold 1965 (Movie)

("The Spy Who Came in From the Cold") (Source Material (from novel))

A Murder of Quality (TV Show)

Writer

A Perfect Spy (TV Show)

Source Material (from novel)

Smiley's People (TV Show)

Screenplay
Producer (4)

A Most Wanted Man 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Our Kind of Traitor 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy 2011 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Tailor of Panama 2001 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Actor (2)

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy 2011 (Movie)

Christmas Party Guest (Actor)

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy 2011 (Movie)

Christmas Party Guest (Cameo)

Biography

One of the world's most respected authors of spy fiction, John le Carré is a writer who gives his work added authenticity due to his time spent working for British intelligence agencies. Recruited by MI5 when he was still known as David Cornwell, he was still in college when he began spying on leftist groups that might have Soviet associations. He eventually joined the agency full-time and began moonlighting as a novelist, later transferring to MI6. After the success of his initial espionage books, which included Call for the Dead (1961) and A Murder of Quality (1962), le Carré shifted his career entirely to writing, and it wasn't long before adaptations of his stories hit the silver screen, beginning with director Martin Ritt's lauded "The Spy Who Came In from the Cold" (1965). Reliably producing a novel every few years - sometimes featuring his most famous protagonist, George Smiley, as with Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (1974) - le Carré remained perennially popular, though his profile was elevated during the new millennium, thanks in part to the acclaimed movies "The Constant Gardener" (2005) and "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" (2011), as well as his continued and consistently exceptional literary output.

Relationships

Charlotte Cornwell Actor

Half-Sister

Nick Harkaway

Son

EDUCATION

Sherborne School

Milestones

2011

Executive-produced feature adaptation of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (1974), starring Gary Oldman as George Smiley; also made cameo as a party guest

2005

The Constant Gardener (2001) adapted into a feature by Fernando Meirelles and starring Ralph Fiennes and Rachel Weisz

2001

Made feature producing debut with feature adaptation "The Tailor of Panama"

1990

Feature release of "The Russia House," starring Sean Connery and Michelle Pfeiffer and based on the 1989 novel

1986

Published most autobiographical novel A Perfect Spy

1982

"Smiley's People," again starring Alec Guinness, became another BBC hit

1979

Novel inspired BBC miniseries "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" with Alec Guinness as George Smiley

1974

George Smiley returned for Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, inspired by his experiences with British double agent Kim Philby

1966

Call for the Dead adapted into the Sidney Lumet thriller "The Deadly Affair"

1965

The Spy Who Came In from the Cold adapted into feature film starring Richard Burton

1964

Left the service to work full-time as a novelist

1963

Third novel, The Spy Who Came In from the Cold, became a worldwide bestseller

1962

Published second novel, A Murder of Quality

1961

Published first novel, Call for the Dead; introduced popular recurring character George Smiley

1960

Transferred to foreign-intelligence service MI6

1958

Promoted to MI5 officer

1952

While studying at Lincoln College in Oxford, worked covertly for British Security Service MI5

1950

Joined Intelligence Corps of the British Army, working as a German language interrogator in Austria

Bonus Trivia

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Le Carré's stories have been made into more than 15 film and TV productions.

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