If you are a regular reader you will know that I am a fan of John le Carré literature, something my father passed on to me. So of course the latest adaptation of his 2010 novel Our Kind of Traitor, his 22nd novel, is of interest to me, and who isn't intrigued when a public figure is revealed to have had a secret of double life?
But Our Kind of Traitor is of further interest to me as it involves half of my current Bond 25 dream team:
|Our Kind of Traitor (2016)|
A couple finds themselves lured into a Russian oligarch's plans to defect, and are soon positioned between the Russian Mafia and the British Secret Service, neither of whom they can trust.
John le Carré & Hossein Amini
Stellan Skarsgård, Ewan McGregor, Naomie Harris, Damian Lewis, Mark Gatiss
He has just adapted Norwegian bestselling Author Harry Hole's The Snowman starring Michael Fassbender, Chloë Sevigny & Rebecca Ferguson for Tomas Alfredson who previously directed John le Carré's Gary Oldman starrer Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.
Amini is probably most well known for adapting Drive for Nicolas Winding Refn, again showing his versatility but should be more feted for his rather brilliant adaption and direction of Patricia Highsmith's The Two Faces of January starring Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst & Oscar Isaac. I would love to see what Hossein Amini does with a Bond story arc.
I think Our Kind of Traitor Director Susanna White would bring all the right things to a Bond story. Not only a measured, nuanced approach to complex international intrigue but she also has an eye for action as demonstrated with her episodes, of one of the best War TV shows in recent history 2008's Generation Kill. My second choice would be the return of Martin Campbell (GoldenEye, Casino Royale) who constantly surprises, refreshes and updates with the demands of every film he takes on.
A Bond story written by Hossein Amini, directed by Susanna White, shot by Roger Deakins (Skyfall & everything he does is beautiful), Hoyte Van Hoytema (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Spectre, Interstellar, Dunkirk), Wally Pfister, Phil Meheux, Roberto Schaefer or new to the list - Anthony Dod Mantle whose long list of beautifully shot films, which includes: In the Heart of the Sea, Rush, Trance, Dredd, The Eagle, 127 Hours, Slumdog Millionaire, can add Our Kind of Traitor as the cherry on top. Would be a superb combination!
If Daniel Craig was not to return, Susanna White could bring along my current favourite choice for Bond - Damian Lewis who stars in Our Kind of Traitor and she has also worked with on the fast paced TV show Billions. Lewis sparkles with intelligence and can certainly pull off the physical side of the role with aplomb. Besides he has a fair resemblance to Ian Fleming.
Enough daydreaming already here is a list of 5 surprising real life celebrity spies that led double lives and the one you already know Mr. Ian Fleming.
The new film Our Kind of Traitor reimagines the spy once again, this time through the eyes of an unsuspecting couple who are thrust between the Russian Mafia and British Intelligence, neither of whom are as clear-cut good and bad as one would assume.
Of course, let's not forget that as well as his many childhood books, beloved author Roald Dahl, whose The BFG is currently in cinemas and whose play Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is still on in London under the eye of Bond Director Sam Mendes. Also adapted Ian Fleming's novel You Only Live Twice for the fifth film featuring spy James Bond.
Through a vast collection of his letters, writings and archive, the story is told largely in his own words with contributions from his last wife Liccy, daughter Lucy and biographer Donald Sturrock. Long-term collaborator and illustrator Quentin Blake also creates exclusive new drawings for the film which are specially animated to bring Dahl's marvellous world to life. - Synopsis from the BBC documentary - The Marvellous World of Roald Dahl
|Harry Houdini |
Whilst holidaying in Marrakech, ordinary English couple, Perry (Ewan McGregor – Trainspotting) and Gail (Naomie Harris – Spectre), befriend a flamboyant and charismatic Russian, Dima (Stellan Skarsgård –The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), who unbeknownst to them is a kingpin money launderer for the Russian mafia. Lured into a Russian mobsters plans to defect, the couple soon find themselves thrust between the Russian Mafia and British Secret Service agent Hector (Damian Lewis - Homeland), neither of whom they can trust.
|John Le Carre Our Kind of Traitor poster [enlarge]|
OUR KIND OF TRAITOR is released on EST from 5th September 2016 and on Blu-ray, DVD, and VOD on 12th September 2016.
The Establishing Shot: 5 SURPRISING REAL LIFE CELEBRITY SPIES THAT LED DOUBLE LIVES & THE ONE YOU ALREADY KNOW MR. IAN FLEMING AND MY BOND 25 DREAM TEAM - GUEST FEATURE
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