Reading the Screen: Len Deighton's Bernard Samson

deighton bkHere’s a spot of good news for Len Deighton fans: Simon Beaufoy, who won an Oscar for his Slumdog Millionaire screenplay, is working on an 18-part television series based on Deighton’s Bernard Samson novels. I found out about it at The Hollywood Reporter.

Samson is, of course, the British SIS operative who starred in three related trilogies: Berlin Game (1983), Mexico Set  (’84), London Match (’85); Spy Hook (’88), Spy Line (’89), Spy Sinker (’90); and Faith (’94), Hope (’95) and Charity (’96).

Mystery MonthThis won’t be the first small-screen appearance for Bernard; Ian Holm played him, and pretty well too if memory serves, in the 1988 miniseries based on the Game, Set and Match trilogy.

Who would you like to see play him this time?



About the Author:

David Pitt lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia. In addition to reviewing for Booklist, he writes a monthly column about paperback fiction and nonfiction for the Winnipeg Free Press. He has contributed to The Booklist Reader since 2010.

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