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George Smiley set to return in new Le Carre spy novel

By Hillel Italie

British author John le Carre is to bring back one of the world's most famous fictional spies - George Smiley.

Publisher Viking said le Carre's new novel, A Legacy Of Spies, will be released on September 5.

The book reveals how spymaster Smiley and his fictional peers such as Peter Guillam come under scrutiny over their Cold War service with British intelligence - and face a younger generation who knows little about their history.

Smiley was played by the late Sir Alec Guinness in two TV adaptations, while Gary Oldman brought the character to a new generation in the film version of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy in 2011.

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