Loki Hiddleston is auditioning to be the next James Bond by starring as Pine/Birch, the mysterious agent in John LeCarre's The Night Manager. When House Laurie shows up at the Swiss hotel, the flakes fly and villainy clashes.
A LeCarre miniseries features Loki versus House, for movie fans now slumming on TV. Yes, House Laurie has joined Loki Hiddleston to produce a series in a fanfare of luscious locations and political hotspots. They drive the family LeCarre around for a spin.
From Egypt to a Swiss hideaway to Mallorca, the tantalizing scenery masks a hot-and-cold cat-and-mouse game.
Loki's hotel manager, coolly efficient, is allegedly recruited by MI6 to spy on a sociopathic arms dealer posing as a humanitarian billionaire who is not Donald Trump.
Enter House Laurie in an especially household role. He shares executive producer status with Loki Hiddleston-and they have given themselves prime cut roles, even taking a cut of the profits.
Master espionage writer John LeCarre even appears in a cameo in this film, as a restaurant patron subjected to Loki's agent having his crotch grabbed in a rather brazen dinner scene. Hold the mayo.
If you like cloak and dagger, LeCarre does it with a Smiley face. You can't tell if or when Loki's hero has turned from good guy to bad. However, the scenes between House and Loki grow increasingly entertaining with menace and charm.