Whether you prefer your spy films shaken or stirred, one thing is for certain – if you’re talking TV shows and films of the 60′s and 70′s, the spy genre is top of the chain. Think James Bond and Get Smart.
If you’re planning on seeing The Man from U.N.C.L.E when it’s released worldwide this August, there are a few things that you should know (or at least ask your parents) about the original TV show:
Starting in 1964, the original TV series had a four year run and starred Robert Vaughn (The Magnificent Seven) as Napoleon Solo and David McCallum (who NCIS fans would know better as Ducky!) as Ilya Kuryakin. The two played British spies working for U.N.C.L.E, which (aside from being annoying to type) stands for United Network Command for Law Enforcement, with the arch nemesis of U.N.C.L.E being T.H.R.U.S.H. No comment on that one.
Directed by Guy Ritchie (Sherlock Holmes), the new 2015 version has Henry Cavill (Man of Steel) in the role of Napoleon Solo and Armie Hammer (The Social Network) as Ilya Kuryakin with Alicia Vikander (Testament of Youth), Jared Harris (Pompeii) and Hugh Grant. Rumour has it that David Beckham might even be making a cameo too!
The plot for the 2015 movie has the two spies working together against a “mysterious criminal organisation” to thwart a nuclear threat. The trailer looks like a mix of spy movie, action and humour, with notoriously serious Cavill and Hammer (not counting The Lone Ranger, of course) flexing their comedic chops, all wrapped up together in a film that looks like it’s going to kick off another mod revolution – look for skinny ties, shift dresses and Twiggy-esque eyelashes fashion-wise after August!
The Man from U.N.C.L.E hits Australian theatres on August 14, 2015.