In the course of the mission, Prideaux is shot and captured by the Czechs. Thus Haydon started an affair with Smiley's wife so that if George did accuse him of treason then it …

Tarr subsequently went on the run, but secretly returned to England when he feared that the Soviets were getting close to catching him as well. Haydon is considered one of the ablest figures in the "Circus" but it is George Smiley who becomes Control's right-hand (Senior civil servant Olivier Lacon's remark to Smiley: "[Control] prefered you to Haydon"). Tarr reported this to London but was ignored. It is then revealed that Alleline, Haydon, Bland and Esterhase have been meeting Polyakov at a safe house somewhere in London, where Polyakov gives them supposedly high-grade Soviet intelligence (the "Witchcraft" material), in exchange for low-grade British material to help him maintain his cover with the Soviets. Alleline, Bland and Esterhase are fired and The Circus plans to exchange Haydon with the Soviets but he is killed by Prideaux, who felt betrayed by him in the Testify incident. Smiley returns to the Circus as its new chief.

She wanted to defect and in return would reveal the name of a mole in the top ranks of the Circus. Le Carré's novel revolves around the intelligence service known as the "Circus" which is originally led by the mysterious "Control". Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. It is also discovered that Haydon was having an affair with Smiley's estranged wife at the time.

In custody, Haydon reveals his motives. This cynicism extends to our protagonist, George Smiley (Gary Oldman), who describes the political difference between the West and the USSR when recounting his meeting with …

Haydon was born around 1917; no specific year is given but he is known to have been an undergraduate at After the war, Haydon holds positions of increasing importance in the Circus, becomes its premier expert on the In 1973, an indiscretion by a Soviet operative in Hong Kong confirms the existence of the mole to Oliver Lacon, the Civil Service overseer of the Circus in Bill Haydon, with his easy charm and strong social connections, bears a close resemblance to real-life double agent According to Le Carré, Philby's career illustrates the "capacity of the British ruling class for reluctant betrayal and polite self-preservation," and that the British secret services are "microcosms of the British condition, of our social attitudes and vanities.The novel is set against a period of waning British influence on the world stage,Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, John le Carré, Sceptre, 2011, p. 177Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, John le Carré, Sceptre, 2011, p. 82 However, the mole is passing substantive material, including US intelligence, to Polyakov, whilst Polyakov's material has just enough substance to persuade the CIA to share information with the British. Haydon found this intollerable and thus betrayed secrets of the Soviets. Haydon and Prideaux where close friends and when Prideaux was detained by the Czechs, Haydon was the first to react, taking care of the situation when Control couldn't. Bill Haydon, with his easy charm and strong social connections, bears a close resemblance to real-life double agent Kim Philby whose defection to the USSR in 1963, and the consequent compromising of British agents, was a factor in the 1964 termination of Le Carré's own career in the SIS. The operation is codenamed "Testify". He also reveals his Soviet handlers believed that is anyone found him out it would be George Smiley. Despite Control and Smiley's misgivings, their successors have already begun a secret operation called "Witchcraft" to obtain highly sensitive information from the Soviet Union, which is in turn being traded with the CIA for American intelligence. Tarr then sends a message to the "Circus" saying that he has vital information for them.

Typically, as Governor-General, one would also be appointed the Chief Scout of Australia. Haydon found this intollerable and thus betrayed secrets of the Soviets. The West has become so terribly ugly.”. Control had codenamed the suspects: "Tinker" (Alleline), "Tailor" (Haydon), "Soldier" (Bland), "Poorman" (Esterhase) and "Beggarman" (Smiley). Irina was then kidnapped by the Soviets who, Tarr believed, were alerted by the mole who had intercepted his message. Fearing that he is about to be exposed, the mole meets Polyakov at the safe house where they are arrested by Smiley. When Percy Alleline takes over the Circus, Lacon is impressed by his achievements, but Smiley puts it down to Haydon's assistance.

Bill Hayden was known for being a vocal and even hostile atheist, so imagine the surprise when he decided to be baptised last month at the age of 85.