John le Carré does a Bondian mini-series.
First, I’d like to say that I’d rather read le Carré’s laundry list than most tripe farted out by Hollywood idiots. So we’re already ahead the moment the characters open their mouths. The story has far more authenticity and relevance than any Mission Impossible or American TV CIA propaganda.
John le Carré knows who the bad guys are.
That said, The Night Manager is not a perfect tale. It often falls back on pulpy secret love affair moments. Okay, that’s the market, and putting that aside, we have a decent story about infiltrating an arms smuggling ring. What the western media doesn’t dare investigate is why all those Syrian Jihadists have so many American-made heavy weapons. The Night Manager actually goes there, sort of. No Jihadists on screen, but an international mercenary brigade does show up to act as middlemen.
I was impressed with the scale of the production. These are expensive, multinational episodes. With Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie, we also have some heavyweights involved. This was my favorite Hugh Laurie character to date. The heavies are ruthless but refined in polite company.
With reviews in the 90% plus range, you’ll probably want to check it out.