Thursday, September 19, 2019

David McCallum: 86 today!



David McCallum became internationally famous in the 1960s for his role as the Russian secret agent Illya Kuryakin in the hit television series The Man From U.N.C.L.E. which also earned him two Emmy Award nominations. Born in Scotland to a family of classical musicians, his early years were filled with studying music, military service and working as a young actor in England. Late in life, he repeated his television success by taking on his current role as Medical Examiner Dr. Donald "Duck" Mallard on NCIS, the most popular television series in the world.

STAY THIRSTY: Your debut novel, Once A Crooked Man, has been praised as a comic thriller in the vein of Elmore Leonard and Lawrence Block. What motivated you to write a novel at this time in your life?

DAVID MCCALLUM: Many years ago while reading a Jack Higgins book on audiotape, I had the idea that I too could write. So I came up with the idea of an actor being handed $1,000,000 in a suitcase and began putting the words on the page. My first efforts were pathetic. These pages then went through several iterations and in and out of drawers until three years ago when I finally had the time and inclination to finish it. I was never motivated to write a novel.



STAY THIRSTY: Your American film debut was in a movie about Freud that was directed by John Houston and starred Montgomery Clift and Susannah York. How different was it for you working as an actor in Hollywood vs. working in London?

DAVID MCCALLUM: The director John Huston cast me in Freud with Montgomery Clift. As the same time the UK was drifting into socialism. John was instrumental in my obtaining an agent in Beverly Hills who in turn secured the part of Judas Iscariot with George Stevens in The Greatest Story Ever Told. I left for the United States in 1961.

STAY THIRSTY: Your military service also included time in the Middlesex Regiment and now, with your wife Katherine, you are active with organizations that support the United States Marine Corps. How did your military service help you prepare for your roles in The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and NCIS? Has it come into play in your work as a novelist?

DAVID MCCALLUM: Back in the fifties, I was commissioned into the British Army and went immediately to C Company of the 3rd Battalion, Gold Coast Regiment which was part of the Royal West African Frontier Force. My military experience stood me in good stead parts in The Great Escape, Mosquito Squadron and the Colditz series on the BBC.



STAY THIRSTY: After nearly a sixty-year career in television and movies, what advice do you have for young actors just starting out in their careers?

DAVID MCCALLUM: In any chosen career you must follow your heart and mind accepting what you need from others when they give encouraging or discouraging advice.

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David McCallum is 86 today. Congratulations!


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Monday, September 16, 2019

Business Times: "'The Man From U.N.C.L.E. 2' Remains Unconfirmed"



'The Man From U.N.C.L.E. 2' Remains Unconfirmed; Sequel's Future Still In Question After Film's Performance


In 2015, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. arrived on big screens. While it is a huge milestone for the franchise considering the overall success of the original series in the 60s, the film somehow became a disappointment in terms of viewership records.

The NBC series of the same name that aired from 1964 up to 1968 received a wide cult following. It branched out into various materials, including films, spin-offs, and other media platforms. So when the plans of making a film out of it started to emerge in 1993, everyone was so excited.

However, the film did not make it to the theaters until 2015 as it was only in 2013 that the real development occurred. This is why many are convinced that the film will be a massive success since it has been long missed by its fans.

Although the film has been reviewed as relatively good by its viewers and critics, it wasn't enough as it only grossed about $109 million worldwide on an $85 million budget. And as per Collider, the film's premiere schedule has been a factor to the overall outcome.

Just a few weeks before the premiere, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation came into the theaters. And this probably affected the viewers since both films have the same dynamic and setting.

The unexpected loss of viewers became the standing point of many critics as to why The Man From U.N.C.L.E. 2 may not happen. But even so, many fans and reports had pointed out that the success of the film came after when it was released on home screens. And this is the reason why the fandom is now wondering when the sequel will arrive on big screens.

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Monday, September 9, 2019

UNCLE Episodes 30 and 31 Guest Star: David Opotochu


David Opatoshu (born David Opatovsky; January 30, 1918 – April 30, 1996) was an American actor. He is best known for his role in the film Exodus (1960). Opatoshu began his acting career in the Yiddish theater and made his Broadway debut in the 1937 play Golden Boy. He then appeared in numerous television series and films. In 1991, he won a Primetime Emmy Award for his role in the episode "A Prayer For The Goldsteins" of the television series Gabriel's Fire.
His career in television began in 1949 and lasted through the 1980s. In the fall of 1953, he played a theatrical agent representing Ezio Pinza's title character in the NBC situation comedy Bonino. Other costars were Mary Wickes, Chet Allen, and Van Dyke Parks. The series focused upon an Italian American opera singer trying to rear his six children after having been widowed.
In 1963 he co-starred with James Doohan in an episode of The Twilight Zone, titled "Valley of the Shadow". He guest-starred in the 1964 The Outer Limits episode "A Feasibility Study"; in the 1965 Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea episode "The Price of Doom'; and in the 1965 two-part episode of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. called "The Alexander the Greater Affair". In 1967 he played Anan 7 in the original Star Trek series episode "A Taste of Armageddon", and also in the 1969 season 3 Ironside episode "L'Chayim", and in Mannix, in the episode "A Pittance of Faith", as Mr. Lardelli, in the same year.

David Opatoshu died in April 30, 1996 (aged 78) in Los Angeles, California, U.S.

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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Business Times: "'The Man From U.N.C.L.E. 2' May Hit WarnerMedia's Turner Networks Or HBO"


By Jonnalyn Cortez
Aug 26, 2019 05:15 PM

Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer played the roles of Solo and Ilya in The Man From U.N.C.L.E. in 2015. But after four years, fans are still expecting to see their return in The Man From U.N.C.L.E. 2.

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. had initially been an MGM television series that ran for four seasons on NBC before it was adapted into a movie under Guy Richie's directing skills. The show started the spy procedural craze of the 1960s before it became an underperforming spy film under Warner Bros. Although it didn't perform well in the box office, it was well-received by critics. It was said to be stylish, carrying a star-driven breeze.

If MGM once again collaborates with WarnerMedia to make The Man From U.N.C.L.E. 2, these studios can go on different directions. They can follow its original procedural format and aim for syndication. Hence, they can stick in on one of WarnerMedia's Turner networks - like TNT and TBS, per Observer.

Although Warner Bros. has yet to officially commission Man from U.N.C.L.E. 2, there are hopes that the franchise will continue. With the movie's $109.8 million worldwide gross against its reported budget of $75 million and Wigram's willingness to do a sequel, it is not far that fans will once again see Cavill and Hammer on the big screen together.


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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Business Times: "Is 'The MAN From U.N.C.L.E. 2' Happening?"



Is 'The MAN From U.N.C.L.E. 2' Happening?


The Man From U.N.C.L.E was released in 2015, and there were previous talks the movie will have a sequel, yet there's still no news about it until now. But while there were reports about The Man From U.N.C.L.E. 2, the real question is: is the second movie still happening or not?

Previous reports revealed that there were ongoing talks about The Man From U.N.C.L.E 2, but even though this news might be true, fans probably need to wait for a while until the official announcement is made. The sequel is reportedly in the works, and the script was being written as well, yet no further details were revealed about the second movie.

If ever The Man From U.N.C.L.E. 2 is confirmed, lead stars Henry Cavill (plays Napoleon Solo) and Armie Hammer (Illya Kuryakin) will surely be back, alongside Elizabeth Debicki, Alicia Vikander, and Hugh Grant. Guy Richie directs the first movie, so he may be directing the sequel as well. Hammer shared some insights about the potential second movie and revealed in an interview in 2017 that he called the producer of the movie - Lionel Wigram.

The actor told the producer he's getting questions regarding the second movie and asked him to write a follow-up movie, and Wigram told Hammer he would write a sequel. But, it's still a long road for The Man From U.N.C.L.E. 2 as it needs to be given a green light first, and then needs to be shot, before getting an official release. Still, Hammer is positive about it and believes the movie will have a sequel at some point.


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David McCallum: 86 today!

David McCallum became internationally famous in the 1960s for his role as the Russian secret agent Illya Kuryakin in the hit television ...