Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Factual error: George Smiley stays in a hotel near Liverpool St Station, London to investigate the spy at the heart of the circus. There is one scene where we see, from above, a train leaving the station. Liverpool St station is electrified using overhead wires - the train is leaving a station using a different electrification system called 3rd rail which has never existed at Liverpool St.

Factual error: Control seems to have left behind some turntable package material for a deck called Dual CS 505-1. This model, however, only went to production in 1981.

Visible crew/equipment: In the scene on the runway a sound man with a boom mike is reflected in Smiley's glasses.

Continuity mistake: Bill Haydon is on a call with the Hungarian embassy. He's holding his phone in his right hand talking on it, but then slams it down with his left hand.

Control: All I want from you is one codename: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier...
George Smiley: ...Spy.

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Trivia: At the start of the movie, Control, played by John Hurt, signs a letter with a 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.

Jeff Walker
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