Robert Vaughn has died at the age of 83. He tended to play dashing, slightly roguish characters who had good hearts and occasionally bad judgement – though he’s best known for his role as a dapper secret agent and the gambling gunslinger from a classic western.
The Man From U.N.C.L.E. opens with a breathtaking chase sequence as Napoleon Solo engineers an escape from East Germany (over the Berlin Wall) for a pretty auto mechanic named Gaby – who is the daughter of a missing nuclear scientist who has just revolutionized the creation of enriched uranium.
Solo has to work for the escape because a shadowy yet hulking KGB agent is less than a step behind. After succeeding, he is appalled to discover that agent is Ilya Kuryakin – and they will have to work together to find said scientist.
As the summer blockbuster season comes to a close, GeekScholars Movie News is ready to debut their Rotten Tomatoes and Opening Box Office Predictions for August 2015 including their numbers for:
Ricki and the Flash
The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
Hitman: Agent 47
After that the hosts play a round of ‘Never Tell Me the Odds!’ where they weigh in on the probably of a second Ghostbusters movie getting off the ground, Rachel McAdams joining Doctor Strange, and Edge of Tomorrow 2 ever happening.
The Man From U.N.C.L.E. debuted on September 22, 1964. It was the first American spy series and is, to this day, one of the best ever. It was television’s first international phenomenon, too – years before Star Trek and Dark shadows. The series was developed by Sam Rolfe as a kind of American answer to James Bond and though it ran for four seasons, the first comes as close to being perfect as anything that comes to mind.
And now for something completely different – a five-minute trailer for Guy Ritchie’s The Man From U.N.C.L.E. – in which stuff goes boom; future partners brawl before teaming up and pretty girls prove to be (at least) as deadly as the male.
And is it just me, or does Henry Cavill look a lot like Roger Moore in his prime here? (Also, the movie is set in the ’60s – arguably Moore’s best decade.) And no matter what anyone says, as good as he is here, Armie Hammer is just too darned tall to be Ilya Kuryakin…
At least Warners has shared this Comic-Con trailer with the rest of us after its exclusive first appearance in the legendary Hall H. The Man From U.N.C.L.E. prowls into theaters on August 16th.