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Written by Peter Johnston   
Monday, 03 October 2011 18:55

Citroen DS21 Pallas

I almost got a whole day off today - much needed! This afternoon I decided to see the feature film version of John Le Carré's Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy at the Vue in Hamilton. Right up until the final trailer I thought I was going to be the only person in the theatre, but then one other person joined me! Still, it felt like you had the place pretty much to yourself.

We even had an intermission half-way through the film when the film simply stopped and the house lights came up. The next film reel, apparently, had fallen off the rack and so we had to wait for five minutes while the projectionist got everything up and running again. A wee ice-cream while we waited would have been nice, but alas...

It has been a long time since I read the book, or saw the BBC dramatisation of the novel, so I was able to watch it with only a vague remembrance of what happened. It was great, I really enjoyed it. It is a very low-key film - a huge contrast to your typical Hollywood spy film - with a superb cast including John Hurt, Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Mark Strong and others.

However, for me, the true star of the film was the simply gorgeous 1970 Citroën DS21 Pallas that was used by the character Peter Guillam to ferry around the characters in many of the scenes. Automotive heaven! A very brief look on the interweb also reveals that this exact car is featured on the Auto Pallas website... ooh la la... I wonder if it is for sale?

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