Monday, August 10, 2015

Man from U.N.C.L.E. Movies Hopes.

A new Man from UNCLE Movie is coming out August 14th based on the 1960’s TV series. Once again, an old TV series is being brought back to the big screen. Usually, I scoff at this trend, but I used to be a fan of The Man from UNCLE, so this time I’m interested. Back in my high school days, I discovered it in reruns on a Canadian channel thanks to my Dad who watches any sort of action series. It was around the 1980’s and it was old then, but to me it was like brand new, even though the first year was in black and white.

The Canadian channel in Windsor just didn’t have this show on enough for me. It was only once a week on a Sunday evening if I was lucky. Then things got worse when they moved it to 11 p.m. This was before I even had VHS, so I would stay up and watch the reruns. Nobody else in school knew anything about The Man from UNCLE and I only shared my interest in it with close friends. If only I would’ve had the internet and Amazon…I would have ordered the series.

I’ve seen all the episodes and the movies, including Return of the Man from UNCLE, which people said was good for nostalgia. 

This flashed on the screen at every scene change. 

Just for those who haven’t watched it. UNCLE stands for United Network Command for Law Enforcement. These are the good guys. The bad guys are known as THRUSH, which stands for the Technological Hierarchy for the Removal of Undesirables and the Subjugation of Humanity. I'm not sure if THRUSH is going to be involved in the new movie. They only say there will be a mysterious organization they will be against.

The interesting thing about UNCLE is that it’s an international organization, so it’s not like the usual America versus Russia. Instead, you have Solo (an American) working with Illya (a Russian.) to go against a mutual enemy.

Part of the reason why the series was a success is Napoleon Solo (Robert Vaughn) and Illya Kuryakin (David McCallum) were interesting characters. Solo had a certain style about him that was unique. He wasn’t just like James Bond. Then Kuryakin was mysterious with a vague backstory. I always wanted to know more about him, but they liked keeping him that way. 

Original Solo and Kuryakin

The first two years of the series were good and then it really dissolved into being a light comedy that wasn’t working very well. UNCLE was never meant to be taken too seriously, but I always felt it needed to be more serious. It was obvious they didn’t have much of a budget back in those days, but I always imagined it as if it had more realistic technology to pull off the scenes. Today’s audience would just laugh at the old mid 1960’s version.

I kept watching it because I have always seen the potential in it. I’m also a James Bond fan and UNCLE was supposed to be sort of a branch off of that sort of spy movie.

I like the trailer so far and it seems Solo and Kuryakin don’t get along at first. I think that’s going to be a good way to stir up some initial conflict.

So I hope to have a positive review soon! Don't worry, I won't be swayed by those handsome faces.  

Check out the trailer.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Still waiting for critical reviews to show up. If we don't hear anything by Tuesday, I'll start to worry. But really hope it's good, as I enjoyed watching the show as a kid.

Pat Dilloway said...

Never watched it but then I'm sure I'm not alone.

Robert Bennett said...

I won't lie...I'm very wary about The Man From UNCLE for the same reason you're excited. I see so many movies/shows from our childhood being remade and so few of them are of any quality. I'm looking forward to seeing how the reviews look though.