Colin Firth, Gary Oldman and the other stars of “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” walked the red carpet at the Venice Film Festival on Monday. The actors looked as good as the cold war thriller’s early reviews.

Firth was, naturally, looking quite dapper in a tux with wife Livia Giuggioli on his arm. Being the gentleman he is, he told reporters he was happy to take a “meaty” supporting role in the film.

British actor Colin Firth, right, and his wife Livia Giuggioli. (Joel Ryan/AP)

The film’s star, Gary Oldman, has been receiving strong reviews for his portrayal of retired spy George Smiley. The actor “gives a deliciously delicate, shaded performance, flitting in and out of the wings like some darting grey lizard,” the Guardian wrote of his performance. (Of course, many are familiar with Alec Guinness’s performance in the role in the seven-part television mini-series, made in 1979. Both film and mini-series are based on John le Carre’s novel.)

Gary Oldman and his wife Alexandra Edenborough. (ALESSANDRO BIANCHI/REUTERS)

While the cast is primarily made up of men, including John Hurt, Tom Hardy and Benedict Cumberbatch, actress Svetlana Khodchenkova was there to represent for the ladies. And for the birds also, judging by her rather feathery dress.

Actress Svetlana Khodchenkova. (ALESSANDRO BIANCHI/REUTERS)

Reviews of the film coming out of Venice have been mostly positive. Variety praised the talented ensemble cast, while the Guardian called it the “film to beat” at Venice. Well done, gentlemen.

British actors Colin Firth, Gary Oldman, Benedict Cumberbatch and John Hurt. (Joel Ryan/AP)