bet365 soccer live_Welfare offer bwin affiliates_without pay play online games win real money free Celebrating Films of the 1960s & 1970s en Serendipity 1.5.2 - Thu, 17 Jan 2019 18:52:34 GMT /fbe/templates/default/img/s9y_banner_small.png RSS: Cinema Retro - U.N.C.L.E HQ - Celebrating Films of the 1960s & 1970s 100 21 "THE SPY IN THE GREEN HAT" (1967) - WATCH THE TRAILER FOR THE "MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E." FEATURE FILM U.N.C.L.E HQ /fbe/index.php?/archives/10369-THE-SPY-IN-THE-GREEN-HAT-1967-WATCH-THE-TRAILER-FOR-THE-MAN-FROM-U.N.C.L.E.-FEATURE-FILM.html#comments /fbe/wfwcomment.php?cid=10369 0 /fbe/rss.php?version=2.0&type=comments&cid=10369 (Cinema Retro) <iframe src="" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0"></iframe> <p> </p> <p>&quot;The Man from U.N.C.L.E.&quot; was not only a TV phenomenon in the 1960s but the mania also extended to the big screen. MGM produced eight feature-length movies derived from two-part episodes of the series. (Some included extra &quot;bonus&quot; footage that would deemed to be too sexual or violent for network broadcast.) These lazily-compiled efforts were astonishingly profitable, especially in England where some house records were set at theaters. (Only three of the feature films were released theatrically in the USA: &quot;To Trap a Spy&quot;, &quot;The Spy with My Face&quot; and &quot;One Spy Too Many&quot;. &quot;One of Our Spies is Missing&quot; was planned for American release but we've yet to substantiate that it actually was.) This trailer is suitably hokey, mod, cheesy and fun as we once again watch Robert Vaughn and David McCallum save the world from the threat of Thrush!&#160; </p> <p><!-- s9ymdb:5227 --><img class="serendipity_image_center" src="/fbe/uploads/unclemovies.serendipityThumb.jpg" width="110" height="110" /> </p> <p><strong><a href="">CLICK HERE</a> TO ORDER THE COMPLETE &quot;U.N.C.L.E.&quot; MOVIE COLLECTION FROM THE CINEMA RETRO MOVIE STORE</strong><br /></p> Fri, 25 Jan 2019 13:00:00 +0000 /fbe/index.php?/archives/10369-guid.html BLAST FROM THE PAST: MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. CORGI THRUSHBUSTER U.N.C.L.E HQ /fbe/index.php?/archives/7666-BLAST-FROM-THE-PAST-MAN-FROM-U.N.C.L.E.-CORGI-THRUSHBUSTER.html#comments /fbe/wfwcomment.php?cid=7666 0 /fbe/rss.php?version=2.0&type=comments&cid=7666 (Cinema Retro) <p> </p> <p><!-- s9ymdb:6569 --><img class="serendipity_image_center" src="/fbe/uploads/unclethrushbuster.jpg" width="700" height="550" /> </p> <p>If you were a boy growing up in the mid-1960s, chances are you had the Man From U.N.C.L.E Thrushbuster Corgi car. Not only did it come in cool packaging that included a display stand with photos of Robert Vaughn and David McCallum, but you also got a plastic ring with their photos on it. The ring would &quot;flicker&quot; and alternate the image of each actor. The well-made car was also pretty groovy- you pressed a button on top and Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin would alternately shoot out of the side windows. (The add says there were sound effects for the gun shots but we don't recall this being the case). &#160;Most of the cars were painted blue but there were a small number of them available in white paint. These can now command hundreds of dollars on the collector's circuit. Here is an original ad for the car from the <a href="">Moonbase Central web site</a>. &#160;</p> Thu, 25 Oct 2018 13:10:00 +0000 /fbe/index.php?/archives/7666-guid.html BLAST FROM THE PAST: SPY TOYS FOR 1966 HOLIDAY SEASON!!.html U.N.C.L.E HQ /fbe/index.php?/archives/4940-BLAST-FROM-THE-PAST-SPY-TOYS-FOR-1966-HOLIDAY-SEASON!.html#comments /fbe/wfwcomment.php?cid=4940 0 /fbe/rss.php?version=2.0&type=comments&cid=4940 (Cinema Retro) <p> </p> <p> <!-- s9ymdb:4323 --><img src="/fbe/uploads/UNCLEXMAS66.jpg" class="serendipity_image_center" width="500" height="348" /></p> <p>Here's a rarity from a Western Auto stores catalog for the 1966 Christmas holiday season: an abundance of those great toys tied in with the spy movie rage of the era. In addition to the generic non-licensed stuff, check out the ad for the Man From U.N.C.L.E. rifle and the James Bond shooting camera. If you had these in mint, boxed condition today, you could buy your own hollowed-out volcano from which you could plot to rule the world! </p> Mon, 24 Sep 2018 13:26:00 +0000 /fbe/index.php?/archives/4940-guid.html OUT OF THE PAST: VINTAGE "MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E." SECRET MESSAGE PEN COMMERCIAL U.N.C.L.E HQ /fbe/index.php?/archives/10174-OUT-OF-THE-PAST-VINTAGE-MAN-FROM-U.N.C.L.E.-SECRET-MESSAGE-PEN-COMMERCIAL.html#comments /fbe/wfwcomment.php?cid=10174 0 /fbe/rss.php?version=2.0&type=comments&cid=10174 (Cinema Retro) <iframe src="" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0"></iframe> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p>Here's a golden oldie from 1966: the Man from U.N.C.L.E. secret message pen ad by American Character toy company. It looks like the entire marketing campaign for the commercial cost about fifty cents, but in those days anything relating to a movie or TV spy was a sure-fire way to make a quick profit.&#160; <br /></p> Sun, 19 Aug 2018 13:10:00 +0000 /fbe/index.php?/archives/10174-guid.html RARE "MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E." DOUBLE FEATURE TV SPOT U.N.C.L.E HQ /fbe/index.php?/archives/10127-RARE-MAN-FROM-U.N.C.L.E.-DOUBLE-FEATURE-TV-SPOT.html#comments /fbe/wfwcomment.php?cid=10127 0 /fbe/rss.php?version=2.0&type=comments&cid=10127 (Cinema Retro) <iframe src="" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0"></iframe> <p> </p> <p> Although we've seen the individual theatrical trailers for the 1966 &quot;Man from U.N.C.L.E.&quot; feature films &quot;To Trap a Spy&quot; and &quot;The Spy with My Face&quot;, we had never seen this rarity: a 60-second U.S. TV spot presenting them in the double-feature format in which most fans saw them theatrically. Amusingly, the footage crediting David McCallum (who the narrator refers to as &quot;David McCullum&quot;) was inexplicably lifted from another &quot;Man from U.N.C.L.E&quot; feature film, &quot;One Spy Too Many&quot; and shows villain David Sheiner in the same footage! The U.N.C.L.E. feature films were simply two-part episodes that had been telecast on TV, then converted into highly profitable movies, occasionally with some re-editing and extra footage added that was deemed a bit too steamy for network broadcasts. <br /></p> Sat, 28 Jul 2018 13:00:00 +0000 /fbe/index.php?/archives/10127-guid.html KURT RUSSELL: PITCHMAN (BOY) FOR SPY TOYS IN THE 1960S U.N.C.L.E HQ /fbe/index.php?/archives/10094-KURT-RUSSELL-PITCHMAN-BOY-FOR-SPY-TOYS-IN-THE-1960S.html#comments /fbe/wfwcomment.php?cid=10094 0 /fbe/rss.php?version=2.0&type=comments&cid=10094 (Cinema Retro) <iframe src="" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0"></iframe> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p>The folks at the web site Flashbak alerted the world at large about the existence of this rare video with young Kurt Russell in the mid-1960s when he starred in TV ads for Mattel's line of generic spy toys under the banner Agent Zero-M. With the spy rage booming at the time, some companies decided to save the licensing fees they would have to spend to market official James Bond and Man from U.N.C.L.E. toys and simply made up similar items that they owned the copyright to. It should be noted that young Kurt also guest-starred in a first season episode of U.N.C.L.E.: &quot;The Finny Foot Affair&quot; broadcast in 1964 during the show's first season. <a href="">Click here</a> to visit the Flashbak web site for more Agent Zero-M info. <br /> </p> Sun, 10 Jun 2018 13:55:00 +0000 /fbe/index.php?/archives/10094-guid.html TRAILER FOR "MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. FEATURE FILM "HOW TO STEAL THE WORLD" U.N.C.L.E HQ /fbe/index.php?/archives/9712-TRAILER-FOR-MAN-FROM-U.N.C.L.E.-FEATURE-FILM-HOW-TO-STEAL-THE-WORLD.html#comments /fbe/wfwcomment.php?cid=9712 0 /fbe/rss.php?version=2.0&type=comments&cid=9712 (Cinema Retro) <iframe width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0"></iframe> <p> </p> <p>At its peak, &quot;The Man From U.N.C.L.E.&quot; was so popular that it spawned eight feature films that were derived from episodes of the T.V. series (often re-edited and sometimes containing some new footage that was deemed a bit too sexy for broadcast). Only the first three films were shown theatrically in the USA but the others proved to be hits in the international market. Here is the trailer for &quot;How to Steal the World&quot;, the final film. It was appropriately enough derived from the final two episodes of the TV series, &quot;The Seven Wonders of the World Affair&quot; Parts 1 and 2 that were broadcast in January 1968.&#160;</p> <p><strong><a href="">CLICK HERE</a> TO ORDER THE COMPLETE SET OF &quot;U.N.C.L.E.&quot; FEATURE FILMS FROM THE CINEMA RETRO MOVIE STORE</strong> </p> Sat, 01 Jul 2017 18:10:06 +0000 /fbe/index.php?/archives/9712-guid.html "MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E." BIG SCREEN SEQUEL MAY HAPPEN U.N.C.L.E HQ /fbe/index.php?/archives/9609-MAN-FROM-U.N.C.L.E.-BIG-SCREEN-SEQUEL-MAY-HAPPEN.html#comments /fbe/wfwcomment.php?cid=9609 0 /fbe/rss.php?version=2.0&type=comments&cid=9609 (Cinema Retro) <p><!-- s9ymdb:7926 --><img class="serendipity_image_center" width="450" height="450" src="/fbe/uploads/manfromuncleposterd.jpg" /> </p> <p><strong>BY LEE PFEIFFER</strong> </p> <p>Despite the disappointing boxoffice results for the 2015 big screen version of &quot;The Man From U.N.C.L.E&quot;, the film's co-star Armie Hammer, who played Illya Kuryakin, says that a script is being developed in the hopes of bringing a sequel to the big screen. Since the 1970s U.N.C.L.E. fans dealt with promising rumors that a big screen version was in the works, originally to star Robert Vaughn and David McCallum, who starred in the TV series. However, these projects ended up being thwarted by various factors. In 1983, Vaughn and McCallum did star in &quot;Return of The Man From U.N.C.L.E&quot;, a one-shot TV movie reunion. &#160;When the 2015 film was released it bore little resemblance to the TV series except for the Cold War setting and the names of the characters. Still, fans responded favorably to the re-imaging of the premise and expected a sequel which seemed unlikely to happen. Another plausible option might be to convert the much-beloved U.N.C.L.E premise into a cable TV series for Netflix and Amazon- that is, if the big screen sequel doesn't materialize.&#160;<a href=";utm_medium=Social-Distribution&amp;utm_campaign=SR-FB-P&amp;view=lista">Click here </a>for more.</p> <p><a href="/fbe/index.php/archives/8765-REVIEW-THE-MAN-FROM-U.N.C.L.E.-2015-STARRING-HENRY-CAVILL-AND-ARMIE-HAMMER.html">Click here </a>for Cinema Retro's review of the film. &#160;</p> Tue, 18 Apr 2017 13:52:00 +0000 /fbe/index.php?/archives/9609-guid.html "MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. MANIA"- DAVID MCCALLUM'S ARRIVAL AT LONDON AIRPORT, 1966,-1966.html U.N.C.L.E HQ /fbe/index.php?/archives/9489-MAN-FROM-U.N.C.L.E.-MANIA-DAVID-MCCALLUMS-ARRIVAL-AT-LONDON-AIRPORT,-1966.html#comments /fbe/wfwcomment.php?cid=9489 0 /fbe/rss.php?version=2.0&type=comments&cid=9489 (Cinema Retro) <iframe width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0"></iframe> <p> </p> <p>Here's a rare gem for &quot;Man From U.N.C.L.E.&quot; fans- silent footage from British Pathe newsreel of David McCallum arriving at London Airport in 1966 and getting a Beatles-like reception from screaming teenagers, some clad in home-made Illya Kuryakin tribute outfits.&#160;</p> Sun, 05 Mar 2017 14:33:00 +0000 /fbe/index.php?/archives/9489-guid.html CHANGES TO MADE TO CLASSIC TV SERIES ON HOME VIDEO U.N.C.L.E HQ /fbe/index.php?/archives/9463-CHANGES-TO-MADE-TO-CLASSIC-TV-SERIES-ON-HOME-VIDEO.html#comments /fbe/wfwcomment.php?cid=9463 0 /fbe/rss.php?version=2.0&type=comments&cid=9463 (Cinema Retro) <p><!-- s9ymdb:1451 --><img class="serendipity_image_center" width="400" height="300" src="/fbe/uploads/uncleguns.jpg" /> </p> <p>The Spy Command web site provides an interesting article outlining changes made for home video release to specific episodes of &quot;The Man From U.N.C.L.E.&quot;, &quot;Hawaii Five-O&quot; and &quot;The F.B.I.&quot;. Some of the changes are rather &quot;in the weeds&quot; stuff that might only be noticed by diehard fans but the specifics are still very intriguing to read- especially about a &quot;Hawaii 5-O&quot; episode that was only telecast once and is not available on video, and an episode of &quot;The F.B.I.&quot; that never aired at all. <a href="">Click here</a> to read.&#160; </p> Tue, 07 Feb 2017 14:09:00 +0000 /fbe/index.php?/archives/9463-guid.html ACTOR ROBERT VAUGHN DEAD AT AGE 83; OSCAR NOMINEE AND STAR OF "THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E.";-OSCAR-NOMINEE-AND-STAR-OF-THE-MAN-FROM-U.N.C.L.E..html U.N.C.L.E HQ /fbe/index.php?/archives/9421-ACTOR-ROBERT-VAUGHN-DEAD-AT-AGE-83;-OSCAR-NOMINEE-AND-STAR-OF-THE-MAN-FROM-U.N.C.L.E..html#comments /fbe/wfwcomment.php?cid=9421 0 /fbe/rss.php?version=2.0&type=comments&cid=9421 (Cinema Retro) <p><!-- s9ymdb:2117 --><img class="serendipity_image_center" width="416" height="273" src="/fbe/uploads/vaughnhustle2.jpg" /> </p> <p> <strong><u>THIS ARTICLE HAS BEEN UPDATED</u></strong></p> <p><strong>BY LEE PFEIFFER</strong></p> <p>The past year has been an especially harsh one for the entertainment industry in terms of well-known personalities who have passed away. Today's news that actor Robert Vaughn has died hits Cinema Retro especially hard and this writer in particular. He died from a battle with leukemia and was surrounded by his family in his final moments. I first met Robert in 1983 at a press conference in New York in which he and David McCallum promoted their forthcoming TV movie &quot;Return of The Man From U.N.C.L.E.&quot; I've remained friends with them ever since and shared many an enjoyable conversation. Robert was an early supporter of Cinema Retro and contributed to numerous issues, most recently issues #33 and #34 in which he was interviewed by writer Steve Rubin about the dramatic occurrences in making the 1969 WWII film &quot;The Bridge at Remagen&quot;. Robert overcame a troubled youth in which he grew up in a household in which both of his parents, who were actors, were barely on speaking terms. In his autobiography &quot;A Fortunate Life&quot;, he related how, as a young man with an aspiration for acting, he and his mother drove to Hollywood in a beaten up car in hopes he would find work. He did so almost immediately and gained praise for his stage appearance in &quot;End as a Man&quot;. That led to appearances in a slew of &quot;B&quot; movies, including the Roger Corman cult film &quot;Teenage Caveman&quot;. He didn't linger in &quot;B Movie Hell&quot; for long, however. Having befriended Paul Newman, he got a key supporting role in Newman's 1959 film &quot;The Young Philadelphians&quot; and earned an Oscar nomination for his performance. That led to him being cast by John Sturges in the 1960 western classic &quot;The Magnificent Seven&quot;. He became a familiar face on TV in the 1960s and co-starred with Gary Lockwood in the short-lived TV series &quot;The Lieutenant&quot;.&#160;</p> <p> </p> <div class="serendipity_imageComment_center" style="width: 450px;"> <div class="serendipity_imageComment_img"><!-- s9ymdb:5566 --><img class="serendipity_image_center" width="450" height="292" src="/fbe/uploads/magnificent7vaughnmcqueen450.jpg" /></div> <div class="serendipity_imageComment_txt">Vaughn with Steve McQueen on the set of &quot;The Magnificent Seven&quot;. </div> </div> <p> </p> <p>Robert entered the realm of superstardom with the 1964 premiere of &quot;The Man From U.N.C.L.E.&quot;, which benefited a great deal from the explosive success of the James Bond phenomenon. He played suave secret agent Napoleon Solo opposite David McCallum as fellow agent Illya Kuryakin. The show struggled for ratings in its first season before catching fire in the second season and becoming a pop culture phenomenon in its own right. In 1966 Photoplay named him the most popular male star in the world. The series lasted three-and-a-half years and when it went off the air in January 1968, &#160;he went immediately into production on &quot;Bullitt&quot;, the detective thriller in which he played an ambitious D.A. in conflict with a maverick detective played by Steve McQueen. He was nominated for a BAFTA for his acclaimed performance. Over the decades Robert appeared in many other major films including &quot;The Venetian Affair&quot;, &quot;Superman III&quot; , &quot;S.O.B&quot; and &quot;The Towering Inferno&quot;. He won an Emmy for his performance as the political hatchet man in the 1977 mini series &quot;Washington: Behind Closed Doors&quot; and in 1998 was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. &#160;He had a late career success as one of the stars of the British crime series &quot;Hustle&quot; that ran from 2004-2012, earning him a new generation of fans.</p> <p><!-- s9ymdb:8086 --><img class="serendipity_image_center" width="450" height="630" src="/fbe/uploads/RETRO33450A1.jpg" /> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p>Robert was always consumed by politics. He was the first major American actor to publicly denounce President Johnson's Vietnam War policy, a position that earned him criticism from William F. Buckley, the father of modern conservatism. The two men ended up having a memorable debate on Buckley's political show &quot;Firing Line&quot; and a moderator ruled it a &quot;draw&quot;, something Robert took great pride in. He and Buckley formed a mutual respect and kept in touch after the event. Robert also worked tirelessly to pursue higher education and became the first star of his caliber to earn a PHD. His thesis on the Hollywood blacklist was published as the acclaimed book &quot;Only Victims&quot;. He was a close friend of Robert F. Kennedy and was devastated by his assassination in 1968, just two months after the murder of Dr. Martin Luther King, who he greatly admired and once introduced at an event. Robert became disaffected with the situation in America and moved to England for several years where he starred in the TV series &quot;The Protectors&quot; and made feature films such as &quot;The Mind of Mr. Soames&quot; and the 1970 all-star version of &quot;Julius Caesar&quot;. Although he considered himself a confirmed bachelor, he fell for his co-star in a production of &quot;The Tender Trap&quot;, Linda Staab. They ultimately married and raised a son, Cassidy, and a daughter, Caitlin. The Vaughns resided in Ridgefield, Connecticut, having preferred the East Coast to the dazzle of Hollywood, but they also spent a considerable time in England shooting for the filming of &quot;Hustle&quot;. Robert loved the UK and considered it his second home. In 2014 he returned to London to star in a West End revival of &quot;Twelve Angry Men&quot;. He received rave reviews and proved he could still bring in audiences, as the play was a smash hit and entered an extended run.</p> <p> </p> <div class="serendipity_imageComment_center" style="width: 450px;"> <div class="serendipity_imageComment_img"><!-- s9ymdb:3619 --><img class="serendipity_image_center" width="450" height="275" src="/fbe/uploads/VAUGHNPARTY1.jpg" /></div> <div class="serendipity_imageComment_txt">Cinema Retro's Lee Pfeiffer reunited Vaughn with David McCallum and &quot;Man From U.N.C.L.E.&quot; guest star Joe Sirola at the 2009 event in honor of Vaughn at The Players. </div> </div> <p> </p> <p>In 2009, this writer had the pleasure of arranging and hosting a black tie dinner in honor of Robert at New York's famed private club for the arts, The Players. The highlight of the evening was the surprise appearance of David McCallum, who made a very gracious speech about their long friendship. The two men remained in touch through the years and always called each other on their birthday. </p> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0"></iframe> <p>With Robert's death, the entertainment world has lost another great talent. He once told me why he titled his book &quot;A Fortunate Life&quot;. He said, &quot;All I ever wanted to do was act and I always have. If you do what you want to do for a living then you can say you never worked a day in your life&quot;. </p> <p>Thanks for the memories, Robert. &#160;Closing Channel D for the final time.&#160;</p> <p>(For more <a href="">CLICK HERE</a>)&#160;</p> <p><strong><a href="">CLICK HERE</a> FOR WASHINGTON POST ARTICLE</strong> </p> Fri, 11 Nov 2016 19:20:20 +0000 /fbe/index.php?/archives/9421-guid.html DATELINE 1966: MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. FEATURE FILM "ONE SPY TOO MANY" U.N.C.L.E HQ /fbe/index.php?/archives/8951-DATELINE-1966-MAN-FROM-U.N.C.L.E.-FEATURE-FILM-ONE-SPY-TOO-MANY.html#comments /fbe/wfwcomment.php?cid=8951 0 /fbe/rss.php?version=2.0&type=comments&cid=8951 (Cinema Retro) <p> <!-- s9ymdb:8181 --><img class="serendipity_image_center" width="500" height="547" src="/fbe/uploads/OSTMFILMBULLETIN.jpg" /></p> <p>This is the original review from the movie industry trade magazine Film Bulletin for the 1966 &quot;Man From U.N.C.L.E.&quot; feature film &quot;One Spy Too Many&quot; starring Robert Vaughn and David McCallum, which was comprised of the two-part episode &quot;The Alexander the Greater Affair&quot; with some additional footage shot specifically for the theatrical release. Despite the low production costs of these &quot;U.N.C.L.E.&quot; films, they generated huge profits in the international markets. Eight feature films were made from two-part episodes, although only three were released in the United States: &quot;To Trap a Spy&quot;, &quot;The Spy With My Face&quot; (the latter two as a double feature) and &quot;One Spy Too Many&quot;.&#160;</p> <p><strong style="color: #000000; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13.3333px; line-height: 16px;">The eight feature films are available as a DVD set.&#160;<a href="" style="color: #990000; text-decoration: none; padding-right: 10px;">Click here</a>&#160;to order</strong><span style="color: #000000; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13.3333px; line-height: 16px;">.&#160;</span><strong> </strong></p> Thu, 21 Jan 2016 11:31:00 +0000 /fbe/index.php?/archives/8951-guid.html DC COMICS ANNOUNCE "BATMAN '66 MEETS THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E." 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Meanwhile, the emphasis on U.N.C.L.E. might lend some steam to on-going grass roots efforts to get Warner Brothers to commit to a sequel to director Guy Ritchie's recent big screen reboot, which under-performed at the boxoffice but has built a loyal following of fans. For more <a href="">click here</a>.&#160;</p> Wed, 16 Sep 2015 17:14:32 +0000 /fbe/index.php?/archives/8829-guid.html DAVID MCCALLUM HAS NEW CAREER: NOVELIST U.N.C.L.E HQ /fbe/index.php?/archives/8773-DAVID-MCCALLUM-HAS-NEW-CAREER-NOVELIST.html#comments /fbe/wfwcomment.php?cid=8773 0 /fbe/rss.php?version=2.0&type=comments&cid=8773 (Cinema Retro) <p> </p> <div class="serendipity_imageComment_center" style="width: 350px;"> <div class="serendipity_imageComment_img"><!-- s9ymdb:4066 --><img class="serendipity_image_center" width="350" height="308" src="/fbe/uploads/mccallum2011.jpg" /></div> <div class="serendipity_imageComment_txt">(Photo copyright Cinema Retro. All rights reserved.) </div> </div> <p>&#160;</p> <p>In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, actor David McCallum discusses his views on &quot;The Man From U.N.C.L.E.&quot;, including the new big screen remake of the classic show, and reveals that he has just finished writing his first book- a crime novel &quot;Once a Crooked Man&quot; that will be published in January. Looks like all those years &#160;fighting crime on TV have had an added benefit for the 82 year-old icon. <a href="">Click here</a> to read. &#160;</p> <p><!-- s9ymdb:7966 --><img class="serendipity_image_center" width="329" height="499" src="/fbe/uploads/onceacrooked.jpg" /> </p> <p><strong><a href="">CLICK HERE</a> TO PRE-ORDER FROM AMAZON</strong> </p> Wed, 26 Aug 2015 11:35:00 +0000 /fbe/index.php?/archives/8773-guid.html REVIEW: "THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E." (2015) STARRING HENRY CAVILL AND ARMIE HAMMER U.N.C.L.E HQ /fbe/index.php?/archives/8765-REVIEW-THE-MAN-FROM-U.N.C.L.E.-2015-STARRING-HENRY-CAVILL-AND-ARMIE-HAMMER.html#comments /fbe/wfwcomment.php?cid=8765 0 /fbe/rss.php?version=2.0&type=comments&cid=8765 (Cinema Retro) <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><!-- s9ymdb:7926 --><img class="serendipity_image_center" width="450" height="450" src="/fbe/uploads/manfromuncleposterd.jpg" /> </p> <p><strong>BY LEE PFEIFFER</strong></p> <p>There's a tasteless old joke that defines &quot;mixed emotions&quot; as the reaction you would have upon hearing that your mother-in-law just drove off a cliff in your new Jaguar. As a die-hard fan of &quot;The Man From U.N.C.L.E.&quot; TV series, I admit to having expectations of experiencing mixed emotions at &#160;last Monday's world premiere of Guy Ritchie's feature film version of the show at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York. For those of us who grew up during the spy craze of the mid-1960s, espionage movies are always close to our hearts. With Bond, Bourne and Mission: Impossible still big box-office, it's clear that the younger generation is in synch with our passion for this genre. The Bond films have earned respect for enduring for more than 50 years with six different actors giving vastly different interpretations of Agent 007, each successful in his own way. However, Bond has never been out off the big screen for a period of more than five years (those dark days between the release of Licence to Kill in 1989 and GoldenEye in 1995), &#160;whereas some of the other classic spy sensations of the 1960s were brought back many years after their initial success. The classic Get Smart TV series begat a woeful big screen version called The Nude Bomb in 1980, a decade after the show last aired. &#160;The 2008 version with Steve Carell was only good by comparison.&#160;<span style="font-size: 12.6666669845581px;">The Avengers begat the universally-scorned big screen version.</span><span style="font-size: 9.5pt;">&#160;The success of Tom Cruise's Mission: Impossible franchise masks the fact that the films have nothing to do with the classic TV series that inspired it. That show's premise was to showcase a team of special agents, each of whom had their own unique special talents. Cruise's films tossed out the team concept and even made the show's leading hero, Jim Phelps into the main villain in the first big screen edition. (Blasphemy! It's like remaking Gunsmoke and having Marshall Dillon turn out to be a bank robber.)&#160;</span><span style="font-size: 9.5pt;">The Wild, Wild West (inexplicably re-titled Wild, Wild West) was a dreadful 1999 concoction that served as a vanity piece for Will Smith. The less said about the big screen version of I Spy starring Eddie Murphy and Owen Wilson, the better. &#160;Following the distortions big screen versions of beloved spy TV series perpetrated on the movie-going public, those of us who are long time U.N.C.L.E. aficionados sometimes felt that the long-planned theatrical version of the show might best be left undeveloped. Indeed, it seemed as though fate agreed. There have been so many efforts made to bring the franchise to movie screens that one loses count of them all. Suffice it to say that scripts have been floating around major studios since the mid-1970s when the show's original stars, Robert Vaughn and David McCallum, were deemed essential to star in it. &#160;In 1983, we did get Vaughn and McCallum in the CBS TV movie Return of the Man From U.N.C.L.E. but plans to revive the series fell through. Over the decades, high profile names like Quentin Tarantino, George Clooney and Steven Soderbergh had all expressed enthusiasm about making a feature film version of the only to have plans inevitably go up in smoke. Finally, director Guy Ritchie managed to overcome the curse with the long-awaited film that has just opened. Ritchie seemed to throw cold water on the project in the eyes of many fans of the show when he announced he was ditching most of the key ingredients that were considered to be main staples of the U.N.C.L.E. story lines. Thus, it was with an open mind but a bit of trepidation that I entered the theater to experience the film, comforted by the knowledge that at least the lavish after-party at the Bowery Hotel was sure to be sensational. (It was.)</span></p> <p>I'm please to say that not only did I enjoy the new feature film version of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. but so did several die-hard, long-time admirers of the show who alsoattended the premiere. The first order of business in regard to the film is to understand that director Ritchie has started the concept of the franchise from scratch. Fortunately, Ritchie did keep one integral aspect of the show intact: it is set in the Cold War. In this version Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill) is a charismatic international smuggler of fine art who is avoiding a lengthy jail term by doing high stakes undercover work for the F.B.I. Illya Kuryakin (Armie Hammer) is a psychologically troubled Soviet agent with a hair-trigger temper and almost supernatural physical strength. He is a loyal agent to the Red cause partly because he feels an obligation to restore his family's honor, as his father had been denounced by Stalin's regime as a traitor. The film opens with Solo sneaking into East Berlin to make contact with Gaby (well-played by Alicia Vikander), a sexy young woman who is nonetheless relegated to working as a mechanic in a dreary auto repair shop. Solo informs her that her estranged father, an esteemed nuclear scientist, has been kidnapped by forces unknown. The fear is that he may be forced to develop a nuclear weapon for an unstable regime. (At least the plot line is timely, given the current debates that are on-going about the Iran nuclear deal.) She agrees to help him track down her father through trying to contact an equally estranged uncle who may know his whereabouts. All of this entails the minor obstacle of getting over the Berlin Wall. In the course of attempting to do so, the pair is relentlessly attacked by Kuryakin, who seems impervious to pain and impossible to slow down, let alone stop. The ever- dapper Solo, however, is unfazed by any number of near death situations and he and Gaby make a daring escape &#160;in a manner that is suspiciously similar to that used by James Coburn in the 1967 flick In Like Flint.</p> <p><!-- s9ymdb:7570 --><img class="serendipity_image_center" width="450" height="338" src="/fbe/uploads/manfromunclemovie.jpg" /> </p> <p>The plot threatens to become predictable when Solo and Kuryakin are forced to work together by their respective intelligence agencies, a device that already had moss on it back in 1977 when Roger Moore found himself in the same situation with an albeit beautiful Soviet spy (Barbara Bach) in The Spy Who Loved Me. After a brutal, knock-down, drag 'em out fist fight, Solo and Kuryakin make a temporary truce to ensure the success of the mission. If will not be revealing any astonishing &quot;spoilers&quot; to inform the reader that the duo ultimately come to respect each other, even while engaging in typical male ball-busting put-downs. Things heat up when they discover that the missing scientist is in the hands of a group of international, filthy rich criminals (are there any other kind in spy flicks?) Fortunately, these baddies are of Bondian caliber and the most intriguing of them is Victoria (Elizabeth Debicki in a sensational performance). There are numerous plot twists, some surprising and some predictable, and quite a few extravagant action sequences. This time around, Ritchie shows more restraint than usual by minimizing the number of action scenes that are shot in today's <em>de rigeur &#160;</em>style&#160;of blurry images and fast cuts that undermine the impact of such sequences, although a major chase scene involving an ATV falls victim to the cliche. If the film is about anything, it's costume and production design and both aspects are highly impressive. For those of us who still cling to fond memories of the 1960s, it's wonderful to see so many stylish fashions on the big screen once again. Some of the scenes are staged to look like layouts for a fashion magazine of the era and the result is rather delightful, especially in scenes in which Vikander wears some striking mod numbers that recall Stefanie Powers as The Girl From U.N.C.L.E. I should also point out that in today's world of grungy male screen heroes, it's refreshing to see Solo stride proudly around wearing well-tailored three-piece suits. &#160;Ritchie also deserves credit for including imaginative opening and ending credits, which in itself represents a rarity today. The film contains any number of highly amusing sequences, some of which are laugh-out-loud funny, yet it never goes full throttle over-the-top into the world of Get Smart, Austin Powers or even that much-derided, camp-filled third season of the TV series. It's also fun to see a movie set in an age where sophisticated spies must use &quot;high tech&quot; gadgets that look positively primitive by today's standards. Obviously, there are no cell phones, computers or other modern distractions.&#160;</p> <p> <div class="serendipity_imageComment_center" style="width: 400px;"> <div class="serendipity_imageComment_img"><!-- s9ymdb:2984 --><img class="serendipity_image_center" width="400" height="302" src="/fbe/uploads/uncledelfloria.jpg" /></div> <div class="serendipity_imageComment_txt">Don't look for Del Floria's tailor shop entrance to U.N.C.L.E. HQ. In fact, don't look for U.N.C.L.E in the new feature film- it's a code word, not an organization. However, the anticipated sequel seems to remedy that. </div> </div> </p> <p>There are some gnawing disappointments. One would have hoped that there would have been a few more overt nods toward the impact of the original TV series, which remains quite popular today. Why no cameos from Robert Vaughn and David McCallum? Composer Daniel Permberton provides a fine, innovative score but why is the only acknowledgement of Jerry Goldmith's legendary main theme relegated to a brief joke when Solo hears a few strains of Hugo Montenegro's cover version on a car radio? Why has the famed pen communicator (which foreshadowed the mobile phone by decades) been left absent from the script? &#160;At least there are some glimpses of the beloved U.N.C.L.E. rifle and Hugh Grant may not make us forget the great Leo G. Carroll's interpretation of Alexander Waverly, but he does bring energy and wit to the role. &#160;Most of the credit must go to Cavill and Hammer for overcoming the unenviable task of inheriting their roles from two TV icons. Cavill does seem to intentionally channel Vaughn's perpetually flippant style as Solo but Hammer's Illya is far removed from McCallum's interpretation. To their credit, they show considerable chemistry together. Much has been made over advance word that U.N.C.L.E. is not even an organization in this film and there is no mention of its evil counterpart Thrush. However, if you stay for the closing credits (which the vast majority of the audience at the world premiere did not, as they were eager to get to the after-party and all that free booze) you will find that the emergence of U.N.C.L.E. as an organization seems in the cards if a sequel materializes. In fact, the movie ends as though a continuation is an inevitability. I asked director Ritchie about this and he said all concerned are ready, willing and eager for a sequel, but it all depends upon the box-office for this film. Here's hoping it happens. Those of us who have waited for forty years for an U.N.C.L.E. feature film can't wait another forty. The film does not make you forget the classic original series but in its own way compliments it. For those involved it's a case of mission accomplished.</p> <p>Closing Channel D. &#160;</p> <p> </p> Sat, 15 Aug 2015 10:44:00 +0000 /fbe/index.php?/archives/8765-guid.html