The Man Who Was George Smiley: The Life of John Bingham

The Man Who Was George Smiley The Life of John Bingham The greatest irony is that it was to George Smiley modelled largely on Bingham that le Carr owed his success London Review of BooksFollowing the film success of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy John le

  • Title: The Man Who Was George Smiley: The Life of John Bingham
  • Author: Michael Jago
  • ISBN: 9781849545136
  • Page: 172
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The greatest irony is that it was to George Smiley, modelled largely on Bingham, that le Carr owed his success London Review of BooksFollowing the film success of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy John le Carr s hero George Smiley has come to be seen as the perfect spy Le Carr revealed shortly before the Iraq War that the model for Smiley was the author and MI5 officer J The greatest irony is that it was to George Smiley, modelled largely on Bingham, that le Carr owed his success London Review of BooksFollowing the film success of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy John le Carr s hero George Smiley has come to be seen as the perfect spy Le Carr revealed shortly before the Iraq War that the model for Smiley was the author and MI5 officer John Bingham, 7th Baron Clanmorris Michael Jago s brilliant account of his life is not just the story of a great intriguer it is also of a portrait of the emotions behind the darkest human behavior.

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    1. The character of Smiley as invented by Le Carre was actually based on the real life MI5 agent John Bingham. In this book Jago takes you through his life history and career.He was a heir to an Irish barony. In his early life he attended Cheltenham School, rather than Eton as the family was a little hard up. He didn't attend university, and wanted to join the colonial service, but didn't do well at the interview. They suggested that he learnt another language so ended up in France staying at a cha [...]

    2. This is a very engaging account of a man who inspired one of the most successful espionage series ever written.The author deftly delivers a complete picture of 'the man who was George Smiley' with detail on his life as a spy master, an author and a family man. Despite living his life in the shadow's, John Bingham is brought to life in a way that few authors could have accomplished. The commentary is very insightful on a number of levels and keep the reader engaged throughout.I highly recommend t [...]

    3. John Bingham was a modestly important literary figure in his time, as well as a key figure in WWII and Cold War espionage, and has been mostly forgotten. He probably deserves better than to be remembered only as the prototype for John Le Carré's most famous character, but this book goes some way toward redressing the injury.

    4. The man behind the legend . Fascinating stuff ( historically and politically ) from his birth to the wranglings with John le Carre.

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