Before he became the second Dumbledore, he was the first and best incarnation of Dennis Potter's wonderful The Singing Detective. The story counterpoints the hallucinatory visions of drugs against the imagined visions of novel writing. Trapped in hospital with a paralyzing illness, Gambon's character finds freedom only in the creative process. This clip shows all of that along with Potter's hallmark technique of using popular songs to express his characters' inner feelings. Happy Birthday, Sir Michael, born this day n !
His real name is David Cromwell, but who cares? Born on this day in 1931, he has given us An Honorable Schoolboy, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, and the mesmerizing trilogy featuring his "anti-Bond" spy, George Smiley, portrayed marvelously years ago by the incomparable Alec Guiness and more recently by the brilliant Gary Oldman in this featurette, which also includes a few words from le Carre himself. Well done and Happy Birthday, John!