The story be­hind the film

The Irish Mail on Sunday - TV Week - - YOUR MOVIE PLANNER -

For Old­man, whose Ge­orge Smi­ley has lit­tle to say but oceans of screen time, his glasses were a cru­cial prop, not least as a way to tell which time frame the film is in. It took months to find the right (se­cond) pair. Even­tu­ally, Colin Firth, or specif­i­cally a poster of Firth in A Sin­gle Man (in­set), pointed Old­man in the right di­rec­tion. The ac­tor went to the shop in Pasadena, near LA, which sup­plied Firth’s glasses for the film, and that’s where the fi­nal pair came from.

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