True, you won't see someone rappel down the Burj Khalifa in the Cold War-era spy thriller Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. These guys are more of the bug-phones, follow-that-car, what's-the-password school of special agency. But even if you won't get any gigantic CGI explosions, you will get Colin Firth and Tom Hardy appearing on screen together in some very dashing suits. As well as an appearance by the entirety of the Prestige UK Actors Caucus. I guess they had some free time now that their commitment to Harry Potter is over:
While I appreciate the wham-boom-super-tech popcorn of a good modern-day spy thriller, I think we need more like Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy — if only because I find it much easier to imagine I could be doing any of those things* than hacking into a mainframe or flying a helicopter. I think we should go back to the days of Charade, where it was conceivable that a rich widow could hold her own against a team of CIA agents simply by being worldly and having spunk.
*Fact: I would fail at both kinds of espionage so much.