Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
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Bill Haydon: You really are a poison dwarf, Toby. Why don't you fuck off to his majesty and stop trying to involve me in your little cabaret.

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

George Smiley: We are not so very different, you and I. We've both spent our lives looking for the weaknesses in one another.

Oliver Lacon: It's the oldest question of all, George - who can spy on the spies?

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Bill Haydon: As I said, you may fuck me but you still have to call me "Sir" in the morning.

Control: A man should know when to leave the party.

George Smiley: He's a fanatic. And the fanatic is always concealing a secret doubt.

Bill Haydon: I thought I'd pop down and catch a glimpse at the new girl before Bland gets to her.
Peter Guillam: Ah, yes, Belinda the Blonde.

George Smiley: I want to talk about loyalty, Toby. Control recruited you, didn't he? He found you starving in a museum in Vienna, a wanted man. He saved your life, I heard. And yet, when the time came... When it came to picking sides between him and Allenine, you didn't hesitate. It's understandable, perhaps, with your war experience. You survived this long, I suppose, because of your ability to change sides, to serve any master.
Easterhase: What's... What's this about, George?
George Smiley: It's about which master you've been serving, Toby.

Connie Sachs: It was a good time back then.
George Smiley: It was a war, Connie.
Connie Sachs: A war we could be proud of.

George Smiley: What did you think of Control's theory?
Jim Prideaux: I thought it was madness!

Oliver Lacon: There's a mole, right at the top of the Circus. And he's been there for years.

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.

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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.

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