I promise you all that when I get famous I won’t immediately write a memoir.
Inferior functions: BE ALERT. BE AWARE.
Inferior functions are the last/weakest “conscious” functions of every type. For INTPs like me, that’s extroverted feeling (Fe). For ESFJs, whose conscious functions are totally opposite, the inferior function is introverted thinking (Ti). This thing about inferior projection is something I found on an INTP forum. It’s basically what you’re probably thinking when...
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Trivia
Michael Fassbender was originally cast as Ricki Tarr, but he had to back out because he was busy filming X-Men First Class and was replaced by Tom Hardy.
This is Tomas Alfredson's first English film.
Peter Morgan wrote a draft for the screenplay and was going to write the final draft, but he gave up that assignment due to the death of a family member. He remains executive producer on this film.
Jared Harris was originally cast as Percy Allenine, but he had to back out due to scheduling conflicts with Sherlock Holmes A Game of Shadows and was replaced with Toby Jones.
Producer Tim Bevan recommended Tom Hardy for the role of Ricki Tarr, stating he resembled a younger Robert Redford.
To prepare for the role of George Smiley, Gary Oldman ate a lot of treacle sponge and custard to "put on a bit of middle-aged tummy". Oldman also watched Sir Alec Guinness's performance in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, and paid a visit to Smiley's creator John le Carré "The way he touched his shirt, spoke and so on, I took all that and used it. I hope he won't mind, but Smiley is in his DNA."
Gary Oldman based his performance as George Smiley on a line from the 'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy' novel "George is like a swift, Ann once told Haydon in George's hearing. He lowers his temperature until it's the same as the room around it. Then he doesn't lose heat by adjusting." Tomas Alfredson further compared Smiley to a turtle, "because the turtle has so much of its body hidden inside a shell; it is fixed, and it doesn't have a lot of different expressions."
John Hurt was an early choice for George Smiley in pre-production, but he was later given the role of Control.
Gary Oldman described Tomas Alfredson as taking a near-voyeuristic approach, by shooting with long lenses "It was as if he was eavesdropping, like a peeping Tom, which is what you sort of want for a spy film."
Gary Oldman went to Old Focals, an eyeglass store in Pasadena, to search for the right glasses to fit George Smiley "Glasses are funny things. For Smiley, they're iconic. It's like Bond's Aston Martin or vodka martini." Oldman tried on hundreds of glasses frames before he found the appropriate spectacles.
Benedict Cumberbatch describes his role as Peter Guillam as the ultimate acting exercise "I've always wanted to play a spy - you are NEVER what you seem."
The filmmakers searched for 18 months to find the right actor to play George Smiley. They were on the point of canceling the film before producer Tim Bevan thought of Gary Oldman for Smiley.
John le Carré, author of the 'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy' novel, makes an appearance as a slightly drunken guest at the Christmas party.
Tomas Alfredson based the environment on his first impressions of London when he first visited the town in the 1970s a brown and gray palette, shadows and uncovered light-bulbs, and dirty streets. "If you see London now and at that time, it's two different cities. Today it's a white city; then it was black,; it was so dirty, and you could still feel the War all around."
Connie Sach's line about feeling "under-fucked" was allegedly originally spoken to John le Carré by W.H. Auden.
The filmmakers consider this film's version of George Smiley as the most emotional one yet "You see a wilder person inside Gary's eyes; he can probably be crueler, maybe even more melancholic. He's a man presenting himself one way, yet internally there's a great sadness..."
Tim Bevan cited the thrillers The Conversation and The Conformist as a visual influence on the film.
To prepare for his role as Peter Guillam, Benedict Cumberbatch went to the Moroccan town of Essaouira, where Guillam had been stationed in the story "It's got a slightly nightmare quality; I was wandering around the streets at night, thinking what it must be like to know that every turn could be my last."
Tomas Alfredson had John le Carré write part of the dialogue for the Circus conference "When we rehearsed it, it felt as if Bill Haydon should say something, but what would he say? Well, why not call John le Carré and see if he's in? And we called him and we described the situation. He thought for 15 seconds and he said, grab a pen, here it is! It was a fantastic moment." Colin Firth jokingly suggested a velvet cushion for the paper on which the line was written.
The word processor seen at the Circus office is a Wang 1200 model, the first ever of its type (before the advent of the personal computers and workstations of the digital age).
Filming took place at a disused army barracks in North London, a location much cheaper and affording wider space for the set designers than renting buildings in London for filming. The barrack's corridors and alcoves were used for interior shots, and the side of a building was 'dressed up' as a Wimpy bar.
Gary Oldman was offered a gray-haired wig to wear for his role, but declined it in favour of bleaching his hair for a more natural hairdo for a middle-aged persona like Smiley.
The film is dedicated to screenwriter Bridget O'Connor, who completed work on the film before her passing away from cancer.
The Swedish song heard in Control's first scene is "Land, du välsignade" (Blessed Country) sung by Jussi Björling. The director Tomas Alfredson is Swedish; however the song also serves as an indication of Control's patriotism.
John Hurt's character is referred to simply as 'Control'. In Get Smart, Maxwell Smart (played by Don Adams) serves a secret organization called CONTROL.
In the 'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy' novel, Peter Guillam was in a relationship with a female musician named Camilla. In the film he is a homosexual in a relationship with a man, according to Benedict Cumberbatch a creative decision that works well within the film "Sexuality was a very powerful tool then. Guillam keeps his homosexuality secret because he is so open to blackmail; it necessitates a certain amount of secretiveness, which goes hand in hand with spying."
In the 'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy' novel, Jim Prideaux's mission took place in Czechoslovakia; in the film the mission takes place in Hungary. The change in location was because Hungary offers a 20% tax reduction for film productions.
The film took six months to edit.
David Thewlis and Ralph Fiennes were considered for roles.
In one of the flashback scenes Control is speaking on the phone, on the desk behind him are two bulldogs draped in the Union Jack. These figurines were created by Royal Doulton during World War II to represent Patriotism.
The text Guillam recites when testing the bug, is Felicia Hemans' 1826 poem "Casabianca".
To prepare for his role as Bill Haydon, Colin Firth reviewed footage of Kim Philby's 1955 press conference. In this conference, held after the defection of the British traitors Donald MacLean and Guy Burgess, Philby vehemently denied that he was a traitor... seven years later he fled to Moscow. "You can see the tremendous tension in his body language and in his facial expression, but he cannot hide the sense of mischief."
The French song heard in the film's closing scenes is "La Mer", sung by Julio Iglesias. This song was chosen by the filmmakers because they thought it was a song George Smiley would listen to when he was alone; Tomas Alfredson described the song as "everything the world of MI6 isn't."
Cognitive Processes Say What →
krisove: ossuarypossum: krisove: ossuarypossum: krisove: ossuarypossum: krisove: ossuarypossum: krisove: It identified me as INFP > ENFP > INTP. I did some looking around, and from what I can tell, the Fi just really threw it off. If anyone could help me sort this out more definitively I’d appreciate it. :] Well i’m not an expert, but if you scored high on Fi it means...
Any other INTP's online?
vangoghsotherear: hey girl. or boy. or person. hey human
luckylizz: ossuarypossum: When did okcupid become ok. I feel like this is still not ok. My mom would be so mad if she knew i was talking to strangers on the internet. It’s ALWAYS ok. OKCupid = best thing everrrrrr everrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr? EVERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR?
When did okcupid become ok. I feel like this is still not ok. My mom would be so mad if she knew i was talking to strangers on the internet.
: I found a really really great sexuality test.... →
luckylizz: dr-wholdemort: secretariatonthetardis: I found a really really great sexuality test. Post your results. For shits and giggles. 17% Heterosexual 72% Homosexual 49% Asexual 73 Heterosexuality, 23 Homosexuality, and 24 Asexuality. Intriguing. You scored 36… You scored 82 Heterosexuality, 23 Homosexuality, and 27 Asexuality! You scored 31 Heterosexuality,...
jourthoughts: ossuarypossum replied to your post: new semester, same bad decisions idk, that sounds pretty cool/hardcore to me. kate i am celebrating my birthday by seeing tinker tailor soldier spy on friday and i just want you to know that if it is bad i will be so disappointed in you(r tumblr) joanna if you are disappointed then i will be disappointed in you. i don’t think...
Cognitive Processes Say What →
krisove: ossuarypossum: krisove: ossuarypossum: krisove: ossuarypossum: krisove: It identified me as INFP > ENFP > INTP. I did some looking around, and from what I can tell, the Fi just really threw it off. If anyone could help me sort this out more definitively I’d appreciate it. :] Well i’m not an expert, but if you scored high on Fi it means you’re probably very attuned...
Not that the MBTI really means anything
laviniaque: I’ve gone from INFJ to INTP. What does it mean??? IT MEANS THAT EVERYTHING ABOUT YOUR LIFE HAS CHANGED FOREVER
Cognitive Processes Say What →
krisove: ossuarypossum: krisove: ossuarypossum: krisove: It identified me as INFP > ENFP > INTP. I did some looking around, and from what I can tell, the Fi just really threw it off. If anyone could help me sort this out more definitively I’d appreciate it. :] Well i’m not an expert, but if you scored high on Fi it means you’re probably very attuned to your own sense of values,...
Cognitive Processes Say What →
krisove: ossuarypossum: krisove: It identified me as INFP > ENFP > INTP. I did some looking around, and from what I can tell, the Fi just really threw it off. If anyone could help me sort this out more definitively I’d appreciate it. :] Well i’m not an expert, but if you scored high on Fi it means you’re probably very attuned to your own sense of values, and have a strong sense for...
Cognitive Processes Say What →
krisove: It identified me as INFP > ENFP > INTP. I did some looking around, and from what I can tell, the Fi just really threw it off. If anyone could help me sort this out more definitively I’d appreciate it. :] Well i’m not an expert, but if you scored high on Fi it means you’re probably very attuned to your own sense of values, and have a strong sense for whether things...
Cognitive Processes Say What
This is interesting. It’s a cognitive processes test which tells you how much you use different mbti functions. I got this: Typical intp i guess? But look: “Connect with people by sharing values and taking on their needs as yours”? Why would you ever do that? You don’t just share people’s values because you want to “connect” with them,...
phiLOLZophy: Myers-Briggs Dating Field Guide →
philolzophy: INFJ- Why you want one: They’ll sit-inside-and-read-Dostoevsky-with-you-on-a-rainy-day, they’re good curators of interests and they’ll find something interesting to do and plan the whole date out (to the second). Spoiler Alert: Icy-cold exterior. Where to find one: Any independent or used… I don’t super love this because it’s slightly douchey BUT it’s so...
In this post where mbti traits were associated with animals there was a picture of a panther. This got me wondering where panthers live but now I must tell you all something, and brace yourselves: There is no such animal as a panther. I know, guys. But apparently panther is just an umbrella name for several medium to large sized cat species. In Latin America they are called jaguars, and in Asia...
ossuarypossum asked: Hi! I saw the “to what extent...
theinfjden: Hello. :) I think you’re right, as Fs do tend to be more sensitive and “people oriented,” whereas INT’s are apparently very independent. I think it bothers me that I’m misunderstood because it means I end up feeling very lonely, and of course an INT can feel lonely, but their nature probably means they tend to not feel that way as easily as INF’s. This is a slight tangent, but my...
Your Diagnosis →
misfires: You have a poetic sensibility and an ability to see beyond the day to day. You often seem to be living in a higher realm, or to be not-of-this-earth. Occasionally you imagine interior lives for friends and associates that are near-complete fabrications based on your fears or hopes for the future. You are often not aware of your own feelings. You have a strong sense of right and wrong,...
MBTI and feeling happy for people
I found this on a thread at intjforum.com. These are the ones that made me cackle.
INTJ: i hate when someone better than me does something better than me.
ENTJ: It really depends on person and situation. If I dislike them, don't give a fuck what happens to them.
INTP: I think that's part of what love is.
INFP: Usually I'm feeling miserable for other people, since other people are miserable (and need to feel miserable), but I also feel happy for people if they're happy or if they're happy but should be miserable.
ENFP: Yep, I do. It comes naturally as part of being empathic with others
Friend: Oh so you're reading that for class?
Me (mind): No I'm reading it because I am a gigantic nerd.