John le Carré: The author's official website

BBC archive video of John le Carré in his own words

In this extended interview from 1966, John le Carré talks to Malcolm Muggeridge about his writing and the main influences on his work.

Although their conversation covers much about the author’s career and ambitions (with the notable exception of any mention of his time as a spy), much of the interview looks at the modern phenomenon of the secret service agent as a hero. In a revealing insight, le Carré explains that his dislike of James Bond stems from the fact that Bond doesn’t exist in a political context, making him more of an ‘international gangster’ than a spy.

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