March 7, 2014
REALLY? HE CERTAINLY SEEMS PRO-SOVIET:
The real life George Smiley wasn't happy with his portrayal (Martin Rouse, 3/7/14, Melville House)
MI5 agent John Bingham is cited as inspiration for John le Carré's iconic spy George Smiley--a character boasting wildly successful turns in novels, TV, and films--but it turns out that he wasn't a fan. Newly released papers from Bingham's life show that, not only did he dislike his by-proxy fame, but that he "deplored" the way le Carré portrayed it."You are far from being pro-Soviet or pro-communist," Bingham wrote in an October 1979 letter to him, as if to suggest that le Carré is not not a communist, "but I would think the attacks gave comfort and even pleasure and glee [to such people] in some places."
LeCarre has always come across as resenting America so much for surpassing Britain that he favors anyone who opposes us.
Posted by Orrin Judd at March 7, 2014 9:37 AM