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Gary Oldman was offered a gray-hairedwig to wear for his role, but declined it in favour of bleaching his hair for amore natural hairdo for a middle-agedpersona like Smiley.
John le Carré, author of the 'Tinker,Tailor, Soldier, Spy' novel, makes anappearance as a slightly drunken guestat the Christmas party.
Michael Fassbender was originally castas Ricki Tarr, but he had to back outbecause he was busy filming X-MenFirst Class and was replaced by TomHardy.
The title of the film and its source novelis taken from an English children'srhyme 'Tinker, Tailor' that reads:"Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Sailor, Rich Man,Poor Man, Beggar Man, Thief".
The film took six months to edit.
In the 'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy' novel,Jim Prideaux's mission took place inCzechoslovakia; in the film the missiontakes place in Hungary. The change inlocation was because Hungary offers a20% tax reduction for film productions.
At the start of the movie, Control,played by John Hurt, signs a letter witha green pen. This is based on reality -traditionally the head of the Secret Intelligence Services or MI6 always uses a green pen to sign letters with a C.
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