Robert Vaughn – The Man from U.N.C.L.E. no more


A couple of nights ago, a couple of mates and I were reminiscing about the great American TV shows, the sitcoms and the thrillers, of the Sixties. The Man from U.N.C.L.E. came up – of course The Man from U.N.C.L.E. came up, how could it not? Steve mentioned that the recent film remake was rubbish, and we all agreed that you can’t remake such things. They were of their time: the people, the actors, the atmosphere. You can’t recreate that, not now.

And two days later, Robert Vaughn is gone, Napoleon Solo as was, slick as all get out. He’s opened Channel D for the last time, and is no longer there to remind us of just how much fun, how good a formula network show feeding off the spy bug could actually be.

They repeated The Man from U.N.C.L.E. in the Nineties, I think it was, Friday night, BBC2, perfect for getting in from work, and it was still bloody good fun. Thanks to Robert, and David McCallum, and long-gone Leo G. Carroll.

They can’t make them like that any more.

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2 thoughts on “Robert Vaughn – The Man from U.N.C.L.E. no more

  1. I had a Man From Uncle fountain pen. It came with two ordinary ink cartridges and two invisible ink cartridges. Have we had this conversation before? I get the feeling I’ve written that first line quite recently.
    Cheers, Alen

  2. Not with me, Alen. Though you’ve brought back a lost memory with that. I wanted a Man from Uncle fountain pen but my parents refused to buy me one. They did that with anything TV oriented. The closest I got to being exploited by cheap licensed spin-offs was reading TV21 comic.

    Martin

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