Little Drummer Girl by John LeCarré

I would like to watch the television adaptation of The Little Drummer Girl which is based on the 1983 spy novel by John le Carré. It is directed by Park Chan-wook and stars Florence Pugh, Alexander Skarsgård, Michael Shannon, Clare Holman, Kate Sumpter, Charles Dance, Simona Brown, and Max Irons;

The story follows the manipulations of an Israeli spymaster named Martin Kurtz, who is working in a clandestine agency to allow plausible deniability for his superiors, and intends to kill Khalil – a Palestinian terrorist who is bombing Jewish-related targets in Europe, particularly Germany. So Martin Kurtz, recruits Charlie, a “21 or 22 year old” radical left-wing English actress double agent working on behalf of the Israelis as part of an elaborate scheme to discover the whereabouts of Khalil. Joseph is Charlie’s case officer. Khalil’s younger brother Salim is abducted, interrogated, and killed by Kurtz’s unit. Joseph impersonates Salim and travels through Europe with Charlie in order to make Khalil believe that Charlie and Salim are lovers. When Khalil discovers the affair and contacts Charlie, the Israelis are able to track him down.

Charlie is taken to Palestinian refugee camps to be trained as a bomber. However She becomes more sympathetic to the Palestinian cause, and her divided loyalties bring her close to collapse. Then Charlie is sent on a mission to place a bomb at a lecture given by an Israeli moderate whose peace proposals are not to Khalil’s liking. She carries out the mission under the Israelis’ supervision However the mission takes a terrible toll on Charlie and she has a mental breakdown caused by the strain of her mission and her own internal contradictions.

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