A movie list compiled by several real-life spies, all “…founders or Board Members of the Long Island Spy Museum www.longislandspymuseum.org”, you say? Count me in then.
“Many former and existing spies relate particularly well to Smiley’s character and the duality that he represents: patriotic and capable without ego combined with that nagging suspicion that defending democracy can be a thankless job and, in the end, he will almost certainly be the last victim in the saga. There is an old saying in espionage: ‘There is nothing more dangerous than an honest man with no agenda.’ This makes Smiley incorruptible to the enemy but also makes him a long-term threat to his political masters.”
Not only does it contain more than a few of my favorites, the former field agents’ perspective and reasoning for why these are theirs, too, made for an eye-opening catalog of cinema and tradecraft. And not one Bond film among them. 😉 There are definitely surprises to be found here. Check the article out.