The wait may be long -- the film has now moved from November to a December release date for those of us stateside -- but our excitement hasn't diminished for “Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy.” So far we've gotten some ace trailers and a handful of pics, but today, Empire has unveiled the first clip from the film and it's impressive.

The scene features Control, played by John Hurt, the man right at the top of the Circus (aka MI6) as he fills in agent Jim Prideaux (Mark Strong) on the search for the "rotten apple" and lays out the titular code names of the suspects. The scene is apparently mildly spoilerish if you haven't read the book or seen the previous adaptations, so viewer beware. But what else can we say? It looks like director Tomas Alfredson, who showed great stylistic control in "Let the Right One In," is once again delivering a smartly constructed and thoughtfully pitched piece.

“Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy” premieres in Venice soon and opens in the U.K. on September 16th, before landing in the U.S. nearly three months later on December 9th. Watch below.