Saturday, December 27, 2014

The Man From UNCLE 2015: the official synopsis

Henry Cavill (“Man of Steel”) stars as Napoleon Solo opposite Armie Hammer (“The Social Network”) as Illya Kuryakin in director Guy Ritchie’s action adventure “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.,” a fresh take on the hugely popular 1960s television series. Set against the backdrop of the early 1960s, at the height of the Cold War, “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” centers on CIA agent Solo and KGB agent Kuryakin.  Forced to put aside longstanding hostilities, the two team up on a joint mission to stop a mysterious international criminal organization, which is bent on destabilizing the fragile balance of power through the proliferation of nuclear weapons and technology.  The duo’s only lead is the daughter of a vanished German scientist, who is the key to infiltrating the criminal organization, and they must race against time to find him and prevent a worldwide catastrophe.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

The first "official" image of the new The Man From UNCLE

This is the first "official" image of the new The Man From UNCLE movie picture, to be released in August 2015. The scene is set in a roof somewhere in Rome, Italy. In the picture, Alicia Vikander (as Gaby Teller), Armie Hammer (as Illya Kuryakin) and Henry Cavill (as Napoleon Solo). 

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Mary Ann Mobley (1937-2014): the first Girl from UNCLE

In 1965 The Man From UNCLE series was such a hit that its producers decided to create a spinoff, The Girl From UNCLE. As a pilot, they used an episode of the original series called "The Moonglow Affair". In this particular episode the main characters Napoleon Solo (Robert Vaughn) and Illya Kuryakin (David McCallum) were "hospitalized" early in the action and replaced by the pair who would star in the new series - April Dancer and Mark Slate.

For the role of Slate  was choosen the veteran actor Norman Fell. As April Dancer, the former Miss USA Mary Ann Mobley. Mobley had started her acting career just two years before and worked in film and TV alongside stars such as Elvis Presley, Jerry Lewis and Nancy Sinatra. But his performance as The Girl From UNCLE episode ended in the pilot. For the series (which premiered in 1966) she was replaced by Stephanie Powers.

Mary Ann Mobley died on December 9, 2014, due to a breast cancer. The picture below is from The Moonglow Affair episode. From left, Normal Fell (as Mark Slate), Leo G. Carroll (as Alexander Waverly) and Mary Ann Mobley as April Dancer, the first Girl From UNCLE.

Some scenes from the unforgetable episode #25

Episode 25 is one of the best episode in the whole series. With guest stars Barbara Feldon and Cesar Romero, its clever script (by Dean H...