Still Spies, But Enemy’s New

Movies: ‘Our Kind of Traitor’
Naomie Harris and Ewan McGregor in “Our Kind of Traitor.”

How John le Carré must miss the Cold War, the conflict between the Soviet Union and the West that produced his greatest characters. Upper middle class, sometimes aristocratic, these Cambridge and Oxford men ran Britain’s spy networks like good-old-boy clubs. They believed the enemy wanted to destroy their democracy, their class-based British way of life, and they looked for Soviet moles to turn while uncovering their own internal traitors. 

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