The 1974 John le Carré novel Tinker, Tailor, Solder, Spy has spawned a number of memorable treatments: a 1979 BBC-TV adaptation starring Alec Guinness as George Smiley; BBC Radio dramatizations in 1988 and 2009; and a 2011 feature film led by Gary Oldman as the Cold War era British spy.
Thanks to this week’s deft headline work by Sun deputy editor Gordon Smart for a world exclusive by Dan Wootton, there is now another legacy item to applaud. Smart roped in the definition of “tinker” as a (romantic) wanderer and rumors of Tom Hiddleston being the next James Bond for this bravura bit of wordplay:
It’s not every headline that inspires readers to pick up the bagpipes and dedicate a tune. But that’s just what one Glasgow, Scotland gal did.