Dec

14

 Alec Guiness as George Smiley in the 1982 BBC adaptation of "Smiley's People by John le Carré, Part 4 (some things never change):

"In my time, Peter Guillam, I've seen Whitehall skirts go up and come down again. I've listened to all the excellent argument for doing nothing, and reaped the consequent frightful harvest. I've watched people hop up and down and call it progress. I've seen good men go to the wall and the idiots get promoted with a dazzling regularity. All I'm left with is me and thirty odd years of cold war without the option."

"So what does that mean in little words?"

"It means, that if a rogue elephant, to use Saul Enderby's happy phrase, charges at me out of the thickets of my past, and gives me a second shot at it, I intend to shoot it dead. But with the minimum of force."

Link to a place a minute or so ahead :

Full link, go to time 1:48:08.

Guinness also played Smiley in the prior BBC production of "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy"–they are both worth watching in their entirety. Old school and extremely well done.


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