Getting Ready To Meet The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

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Everyone is acutely aware that Hollywood loves to plunder its past (these days mostly the recent past, but whatever). Old movies and television shows are often given a fresh coat of paint and presented to audiences for the sake of nostalgia and brand name recognition.

The latest classic television show to be given the big screen treatment is 60’s favorite The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. was a hugely popular show that ran from 1964-1968. It followed Napoleon Solo (Robert Vaughn) and Illya Kuryakin (David McCallum), agents of United Network Command for Law Enforcement (U.N.C.L.E.) as they battled T.H.R.U.S.H. (Technological Hierarchy for the Removal of Undesirables and the Subjugation of Humanity).

Released at the height of 1960’s spy fever, the show was a huge success, leading to a spin-off (The Girl From U.N.C.L.E) and some of the episodes were edited together, and extra footage added for international big screen releases.

According to popular myth, James Bond creator Ian Fleming had a hand in the creation of the show and quite a few Hollywood greats such as Richard Donner, Robert Towne and Harlan Ellison cut their teeth working on it.

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Robert Vaughn and David McCallum as Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin

A Man From U.N.C.L.E. film has been in development for well over a decade – with Quentin Tarantino’s name once bandied about in connection to the project. If the film does make it before the big screen, then it would complete the trinity of popular sixties spy shows to leap from the small screen to the silver one – alongside I Spy and Get Smart.

For The Man From U.N.C.L.E movie, writer Max Borenstein has been hired by Warner Bros. to pen a script for the film, which is set to be directed by David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers).

It remains to be seen if  U.N.C.L.E. will take the same comedic approach as the above mentioned adaptations, but considering that the show wasn’t wholly serious, then it would be safe to assume that there will be comedy (coupled with Dobkin’s attachment).

So let the dream casting commence. Who would you like to see portray Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin in the 21st Century?

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  1. I couldn't help but laugh at T.H.R.U.S.H, lol, isn't that what only women fight?

  2. Nickelback or some other gang of idiots to desecrate the theme?

  3. The series wasn't a comedy, of course it was serious. There would be humor, but in much the same way humor occurs in real life. The direction of the series was altered in the 3rd season, for the worst, when the execs thought inject camp, a la the Batman series, but it wrecked the ratings and the show was cancelled the next year, half way through the season. This is just more proof that Hollywood is filled with morons and their boytoys. Which is why it's crashing and burning

  4. Jerry Goldsmith's theme for the series is one of the most iconic of TV themes. The thought of Nickelback or someone else desecrating it gives me cause to worry.

    Let's hope they get a decent composer who has enough respect for the theme not to mess it up.

  5. If it's going to be done, it needs to be done in the spirit of the first season. The first season was the best example of what The Man from U.N.C. L. E. was all about. As another commentator already said, it became more a comedy when the producers made the mistake of trying to cash in on the “camp” trend made popular by the “Batman” TV show ( and look how long it took for the Dark Knight to regain his respectability) By the way, unless someone already mentioned it, U.N.C.L.E. stood for the United Network Command for Law AND Enforcement.

  6. The version I heard first (the one I associate most with the show) was for series two, arranged by someone else. It was only years later I heard his original theme for the first series and was struck by the odd time signature; that and the orchestration really foreshadowed what he'd do on Planet Of The Apes, I think.

  7. well this show's theme music always put you in the mood, very iconic of it's time, especially so when coupled with Laurie Anderson's theme from The Avengers. Again, for some reason hollywood thinks that this music needs to be “imrpoved” for some reason. (I can remember playing the theme song game at bedtime with my kid brother and this tune was always one of the first three he trotted out along with Mission Impossible and Hogan's Heroes) Vaughn, McCallum and Powers never lacked for that dry wit or ironic turn of the eyebrow to bring home the moment. Let's hope that this one doesn't get as screwed up as the Avengers movie did (why would you pick Uma Thurman when you could have had Catherine Zeta-Jones?).

  8. That's Laurie Johnson – Laurie Anderson was “O Superman”! Totally agree about his Avengers theme.

  9. Please god let Clive Owen and Daniel Craig be the leads. Please! Please!

  10. Another childhood memory and a fave rave. As long as it does not contain the elements that has destroyed the Greeen Hornet….I would be all for it. One of the reasons I watch NCIS is because of David McCallum but Mr. Vaughn has been reduced to doing attorney spots….”tell them you mean business.”

  11. The 5/4 time signature foreshadowed the “Mission Impossible” theme, which seemed to combine the flutes of the revamped U.N.C.L.E. theme with the brass of the original.

    I ripped the Goldsmith version off the intertubes and eliminated the opening tympani flourish, leaving exactly thirty seconds of nostalgia to upload to my cellphone. It's an awesome ringtone and everyone who hears it asks where I got it.

  12. “Thrush” is also another name for trench mouth, so no, men can get it too. Misery loves company.

  13. You're right, they're very similar, and that season 2 arrangement even more so. I know Lalo Schifrin worked on the show after Goldsmith: maybe that version was his?. Quality ringtone, by the way! I've heard Mission: Impossible coming out of a few phones but never the UNCLE theme.

  14. Mr. Vaughn has also been co-starring in a Brit series called Hustle, which is available on dvd. I think there are even clips on youtube if you care to check it out. It's about a bunch of con men (and one con woman) who prey on crooks.