13 Sep - The 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy' premiere

September 13th, 2011.

Last week, I got to photograph Charlize Theron at the GQ Awards, Melissa George at 'A Lonely Place to Die' and Angelina Jolie leaving a hairdresser to a huge gathered crowd that included me (and I feel a little bit torn about that... I'd much rather the glamour of a premiere than some person leaving a building)

However, this week it's the relatively all-star (yet sadly apparently female-free) ensemble cast for a John LeCarre novel adaptation, starring : King George VI, Commissioner Gordon, Mister Ollivander, the guy playing Bane in the upcoming Batman film, and a guy with a name so incredible I'm not going to mention it as that would only spoil it.

Here's how it went down, almost (but thankfully not) female-free...

"And you're sure they gave us all the letters- what the hell is a *tinker*??"

"And you're sure they gave us all the letters- what the hell is a *tinker*??"

If I squint my eyes just so, I look just like Tom Hardy

If I squint my eyes just so, I look just like Tom Hardy

I have no idea who she is, but she walked past two or three times in an equally determined unstoppable manner... so either she's really determined, or she's triplets.

I have no idea who she is, but she walked past two or three times in an equally determined unstoppable manner... so either she's really determined, or she's triplets.

Gary Oldman can wear purple and yet still being considered a serious actor. Now *that's* talent!

Gary Oldman can wear purple and yet still being considered a serious actor. Now *that's* talent!

Tomas Alfredson directed the film, as well as the original Swedish language Vampire film "Let the Right One In" which was meant to brilliant (as was, uniquely, its American re-adaption). But can I watch it without betraying my one true love, Twilight?

Tomas Alfredson directed the film, as well as the original Swedish language Vampire film "Let the Right One In" which was meant to brilliant (as was, uniquely, its American re-adaption). But can I watch it without betraying my one true love, Twilight?

He's Swedish. (And on the subject of Ikea, I really do need to buy a new desk since I'll be losing the one I've effectively been borrowing for the last month or so.... )

He's Swedish. (And on the subject of Ikea, I really do need to buy a new desk since I'll be losing the one I've effectively been borrowing for the last month or so.... )

Gary Oldman has the peculiar advantage of being an extremely highly regarded actor AND not looking like pretty much any of the characters he plays in films. (He was in The Fifth Element!!)

Gary Oldman has the peculiar advantage of being an extremely highly regarded actor AND not looking like pretty much any of the characters he plays in films. (He was in The Fifth Element!!)

Wireimage calls her Laura Bailey, and wikipedia calls her a model/author. I'm inclined to remember that I recently read the zombie-romance "Warm Bodies" which was actually fantastic.

Wireimage calls her Laura Bailey, and wikipedia calls her a model/author. I'm inclined to remember that I recently read the zombie-romance "Warm Bodies" which was actually fantastic.

No, really. Read the book - well worth your while! They're turning it into a movie and John Malkovich is currently attached. (Oddly, I'm not even making that up...)

No, really. Read the book - well worth your while! They're turning it into a movie and John Malkovich is currently attached. (Oddly, I'm not even making that up...)

John Hurt played megalomaniacal despot Adam Sutler in V for Vendetta (and was the first person in the original Alien to be killed by the Alien (woo!))

John Hurt played megalomaniacal despot Adam Sutler in V for Vendetta (and was the first person in the original Alien to be killed by the Alien (woo!))

By which I mean his a very sad death via a tragic Alien chestburster. Sure.

By which I mean his a very sad death via a tragic Alien chestburster. Sure.

John LeCarre wrote the novel the film was based on (and I note that the 1979 adaptation of the same book starred Sir Alec Guinness... which reminds me that Star Wars has been released on Bluray recently. Guess what, uncle George? I'm not buying it! (where was I?)

John LeCarre wrote the novel the film was based on (and I note that the 1979 adaptation of the same book starred Sir Alec Guinness... which reminds me that Star Wars has been released on Bluray recently. Guess what, uncle George? I'm not buying it! (where was I?)

The man with the largest head in the world who stood right in front of me can't quite obscure the contrite, regretful expression as Colin Firth remembers that he still owes me five dollars and forgot to bring it.

The man with the largest head in the world who stood right in front of me can't quite obscure the contrite, regretful expression as Colin Firth remembers that he still owes me five dollars and forgot to bring it.

The guy on the top-right being interviewed had slightly more hair when he played the character of Eames in 'Inception' and spoke the line "You mustn't be afraid to dream a little bigger, darling" as he dreamed up a rocket launcher to take out a security guard. As many of us have dreamed of doing, I guess...

The guy on the top-right being interviewed had slightly more hair when he played the character of Eames in 'Inception' and spoke the line "You mustn't be afraid to dream a little bigger, darling" as he dreamed up a rocket launcher to take out a security guard. As many of us have dreamed of doing, I guess...

Tom Hardy is Bane in the next/final Christopher Nolan Batman film. He doesn't seem to be nine foot tall and some kind of steroid junkie. Still, as the saying goes : In Nolan We Trust.

Tom Hardy is Bane in the next/final Christopher Nolan Batman film. He doesn't seem to be nine foot tall and some kind of steroid junkie. Still, as the saying goes : In Nolan We Trust.

Also in Pirates of the Caribbean IV. Sadly, I forget his name. He does look like That Guy, though.

Also in Pirates of the Caribbean IV. Sadly, I forget his name. He does look like That Guy, though.

Colin Firth played King George VI and won an Oscar for it in the movie "The King's Speech". He also leans very well.

Colin Firth played King George VI and won an Oscar for it in the movie "The King's Speech". He also leans very well.

Oldman, Firth and Hardy are joined right in front of both me and a bright spotlight by an actor with the unlikely but awesome name of : "Benedict Cumberbatch".

Oldman, Firth and Hardy are joined right in front of both me and a bright spotlight by an actor with the unlikely but awesome name of : "Benedict Cumberbatch".

The Gang's all here! (Well... other than the director and author who went in earlier). (And Yellow Cap Guy, who didn't show, much to the dismay of many / several / one).

The Gang's all here! (Well... other than the director and author who went in earlier). (And Yellow Cap Guy, who didn't show, much to the dismay of many / several / one).

"Watch me make this guy's glasses disappear. I'm just going to need a glass of water. Because I'm thirsty, you understand?"

"Watch me make this guy's glasses disappear. I'm just going to need a glass of water. Because I'm thirsty, you understand?"

 

So..... Until next time! (also known as "tomorrow".... I hear Hugh Jackman is in town!)

And it's another one for The Archive of Movie Premieres

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