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John le Carré

Knowledge Identifier: +John_le_Carre


John le Carre

British author of espionage novels add

Category: Literature

Born in 1931.

Countries: United Kingdom (45%), United States (16%), (11%)

Main connections: MI5, BBC, Iron Curtain

Linked to: Eton College, Goethe-Institut, Sherborne School, St Andrew's School, Pangbourne




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John le Carré was born in 1931 add something


From 1948 to 1949, he studied foreign languages at the University of Bern in Switzerland add something


During the 1950s and the 1960s, Cornwell worked for the British intelligence services MI5 and MI6, when he began writing novels under a pen name add something


In 1950 he joined the Intelligence Corps of the British Army garrisoned in Austria, working as a German language interrogator of people who crossed the Iron Curtain to the West add something


In 1952, he returned to England to study at Lincoln College, Oxford, where he worked covertly for the British Security Service, MI5, spying upon far-left groups for information about possible Soviet agents add something


In 1954, Cornwell married Alison Ann Veronica Sharp; they had three sons, Simon, Stephen and Timothy; they divorced in 1971 add something


When Ronnie declared bankruptcy in 1954, Cornwell quit Oxford to teach at a boys' preparatory school; however, a year later, he returned to Oxford and graduated, in 1956, with a First Class Honours Bachelor of Arts degree add something


He taught French and German at Eton College for two years, afterwards becoming an MI5 officer in 1958; he ran agents, conducted interrogations, tapped telephone lines, and effected break-ins add something


In 1960, Cornwell transferred to MI6, the foreign-intelligence service, and worked under 'Second Secretary' cover in the British Embassy at Bonn ; he later was transferred to Hamburg as a political consul add something


Guy Trosper - Trosper's last screenplay before his premature death was an adaptation of John le Carré's 1963 novel "The Spy Who Came in from the Cold"


Cornwell left the service in 1964 to work full-time as a novelist, as his intelligence officer career was ended by the betrayal of British agents' covers to the KGB by Kim Philby, a British double agent add something


In 1964 le Carré won the Somerset Maugham Award, established to enable British writers younger than thirty-five to enrich their writing by spending time abroad add something


Doug Hayward - The inspiration for customer Michael Caine's characterisation of his role in the 1966 film "Alfie," he was the model for client John Le Carre's Harry Pendel, aka "The Tailor of Panama


Simon Langton (television director) - After he had directed a number of TV drama series and serials during the 1970s, his 1982 dramatisation of the John le Carré novel "Smiley's People" was nominated for both a BAFTA award in the UK, and an Emmy Award in the USA. He later won a BAFTA award for the 1989 series "Mother Love", starring Diana Rigg


Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy - "'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy"' is a 1974 spy novel by British author John le Carré, featuring George Smiley


When father Ronnie died in 1975, le Carré paid for a memorial funeral service but did not attend add something


Peter Egan - Later he had other starring roles as John Everett Millais in the 1975 BBC serial "The Love School", and as Oscar Wilde in 1978 in the serial "Lillie", starring Francesca Annis as Lillie Langtry; as "Magnus Pym" in the BBC dramatisation of John le Carré's "A Perfect Spy" and another BBC sitcom "Joint Account"


Smiley's People (TV miniseries) - Directed by Simon Langton, produced by Jonathan Powell, it is the television adaptation of the 1979 spy novel of the same name by John le Carré


Hywel Bennett - His character, Ricki Tarr, was pivotal in the 1979 BBC serial based on the John le Carré novel, "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy"


John Irvin - In 1979, Irvin made episodes for the BBC adaptation of John le Carré's "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy",


With the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1989, le Carré's "?uvre" shifted to portrayal of the new multilateral world add something


In 1990, he received the Helmerich Award which is presented annually by the Tulsa Library Trust add something


The Night Manager - "'The Night Manager"' is an espionage/detective novel by John le Carré, published in 1993


Vivian H. H. Green - He was celebrated for his influence on his student John le Carré when in 1995 le Carré said that Green was the model for his spymaster character George Smiley


In 1998, he was awarded an Honorary Degree from the University of Bath add something


Ellis Amburn - During his career, Amburn was an editor for authors such John le Carré, Belva_Plain, Muriel Spark, Joshua Logan and for Jack Kerouac who would be the subject of Amburn's 1998 book on which Leonardo DiCaprio has optioned film rights


Rachel Weisz - Her next appearance, in 2005, was in Fernando Meirelles's "The Constant Gardener," a film adaptation of a John le Carré thriller set in the slums of Kibera and Loiyangalani, Kenya


In 2006, he contributed the above article to a volume of political essays entitled "Not One More Death add something


The Mission Song - "'The Mission Song"' is a thriller/espionage novel by John le Carré, published in October 2006


David Oyelowo - In 2007, Oyelowo was the reader for John le Carré's "The Mission Song"


In 2008, "The Times" ranked Le Carré 22nd on its list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945" add something


In 2009, he donated the short story 'The King Who Never Spoke' to the Oxfam 'Ox-Tales' project, which included it in the project's "Fire" volume add something


Ian McDiarmid - The Looking Glass War - McDiarmid played intelligence chief LeClerc in a 2009 BBC Radio dramatization of John le Carré's "The Looking Glass War"


Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy - In 2009, BBC Radio 4 broadcast new dramatisations, by Shaun McKenna, of the eight George Smiley novels by John le Carré, featuring Simon Russell Beale as Smiley


Tomas Alfredson - In July 2009, Alfredson signed to direct a film adaptation of John le Carré's 1974 novel "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy"


On Monday 13 September 2010 he was interviewed on Channel 4 News by journalist Jon Snow at his house in Cornwall add something


Credited by his pen name, Cornwell appears as an extra in the 2011 film version of "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy", among the guests at the Christmas party seen in several flashback scenes add something


In 2011, he won the Goethe Medal, a yearly prize given by the Goethe Institute add something


Le Carré was interviewed on the 27 February 2011 episode of the CBS program "Sunday Morning", and once again announced that it would be the last interview he would grant add something


Benedict Cumberbatch - He played Peter Guillam, George Smiley's right-hand man, in the 2011 adaptation of the John le Carré novel "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy"


In 2012, he was awarded the Degree of Doctor of Letters, honoris causa by the University of Oxford add something


Le Carré was interviewed at the Hay on Wye festival 2013 add something


The film will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2014 add something


A Most Wanted Man (film) - "'A Most Wanted Man"' is a 2014 British espionage thriller film based on the novel of the same name by John le Carré, directed by Anton Corbijn and written by Andrew Bovell


Katia Elizarova - Elizarova is scheduled to make her film debut in 2016, appearing alongside Ewan McGregor and Stellan Skarsgard in the Hollywood adaptation of the John Le Carre novel "Our Kind of Traitor", playing the role of Katia


Douglas Hodge - In 2016 he featured as Rex Mayhew in the BBC adaptation of John le Carre's "The Night Manager"


Our Kind of Traitor (film) - "'Our Kind of Traitor"' is a 2016 British spy thriller film directed by Susanna White and written by Hossein Amini, adapted from John le Carré's novel of the same name


Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2017 add something


Park Chan-wook - In January 2018, it was reported that Park's next project will be a TV miniseries adaptation of "The Little Drummer Girl", a best-selling novel by John le Carré