Monday, December 19, 2016

Guest Star: June Lockhart (before Lost in Space)


June Lockhart, was one of many "inocent" characters in The Man From UNCLE series. She is one of the guest stars (along Ricardo Montalban) of Episode 12, "The Dove Affair". In this episode, Lockhart is an American high school teacher travelling one East Europe country. June was born in New York City, in 1925. She worked in the 1950s series Lassie

June Lockhart and Robert Vaughn in The Man From UNCLE

The Dover Affair aired in December, 15, 1964. Exactly 9 months after this day, June Lockhart would be Maureen Robinson for the very first time in the hit series Lost in Space. She changed carreers, working as marketing manager and art director for a furniture manufacturer. June is now 91.

June Lockhart as Maureen Robinson in Lost in Space


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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Wikipedia: All 24 Man From UNCLE Novels


Two dozen novels were based upon Man from U.N.C.L.E. and published between 1965 and 1968. Unhampered by television censors, the novels were generally grittier and more violent than the televised episodes. The series sold in the millions, and was the largest TV-novel tie-in franchise until surpassed by Dark Shadows and Star Trek.
  1. The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (a.k.a. The Thousand Coffins Affair) by Michael Avallone. When villages in Africa and Scotland are wiped out by a plague of madness, Solo and Kuryakin dig up a graveyard and a monster named Golgotha.
  2. The Doomsday Affair by Harry Whittington. The agents must find the mystery man "Tixe Ylno" before he triggers war between the USA and the USSR.
  3. The Copenhagen Affair by John Oram. "UFOs" are buzzing Europe, and the U.N.C.L.E. agents crisscross Denmark to find the factory before THRUSH launches an armed fleet.
  4. The Dagger Affair by David McDaniel. DAGGER fanatics have an energy damper that can shut down electrical fields, atomic reactions, and human beings, and even T.H.R.U.S.H. is panicked. This novel is when McDaniel introduced the acronym T.H.R.U.S.H.
  5. The Mad Scientist Affair by John T. Phillifent. The agents stop biochemist "King Mike" from poisoning London, then discover his second plan is to contaminate the entire North Sea.
  6. The Vampire Affair by David McDaniel. Napoleon and Illya don’t believe in vampires and werewolves, but an U.N.C.L.E. agent has died, so they must investigate an ancient castle in Transylvanian Romania.
  7. The Radioactive Camel Affair by Peter Leslie. Solo joins a caravan and Kuryakin threads a war zone to reach a missile base deep in the Sudan hinterlands.
  8. The Monster Wheel Affair by David McDaniel. The agents canvass the globe and infiltrate a remote island to confirm an inexplicable space station belongs to - Egypt?
  9. The Diving Dames Affair by Peter Leslie. The deaths of two merry missionaries lead the agents to the plains of Brazil and a giant dam with no apparent purpose.
  10. The Assassination Affair by J. Hunter Holly. Surviving assassins' bullets and a "do-it-yourself murder room", the agents follow T.H.R.U.S.H. to desolated Michigan farms and a scheme to starve the world.
  11. The Invisibility Affair by Thomas Stratton (Buck Coulson and Gene DeWeese). The agents track an invisible dirigible to a submarine in Lake Michigan - and a plot to hijack an entire country.
  12. The Mind Twisters Affair by Thomas Stratton. People in a college town are unaccountably catatonic, euphoric, and raging. The agents must ferret out who and how before the "experiment" goes nationwide. 
  13. The Rainbow Affair by David McDaniel. The agents consult every classic fictional spy and detective in England to find the world's best bank robber before T.H.R.U.S.H. can recruit - or kill - him.
  14. The Cross of Gold Affair by Fredric Davies (Ron Ellik and Fredric Langley). Clues hidden in crossword puzzles lead the agents, hippies, and frogmen to a Coney Island death-trap to stop the biggest heist in history.
  15. The Utopia Affair by David McDaniel. Solo must command U.N.C.L.E. North America while Waverly is on a forced six-week vacation, and an undercover Illya tries to protect Waverly from T.H.R.U.S.H. assassins.
  16. The Splintered Sunglasses Affair by Peter Leslie
  17. The Hollow Crown Affair by David McDaniel. In the last published David McDaniel's novel, T.H.R.U.S.H. Agent Ward and Irene Baldwin from The Dagger Affair return in a battle against an U.N.C.L.E. lab chief who has defected to T.H.R.U.S.H.
  18. The Unfair Fare Affair by Peter Leslie
  19. The Power Cube Affair by John T. Phillifent
  20. The Corfu Affair by John T. Phillifent
  21. The Thinking Machine Affair by Joel Bernard
  22. The Stone Cold Dead in the Market Affair by John Oram
  23. The Finger in the Sky Affair by Peter Leslie
  24. The Final Affair by David McDaniel. Completed but never published, the manuscript is circulated by fans.



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Saturday, December 3, 2016

Monday, November 28, 2016

Fritz Weaver, guest star of the very first The Man From UNCLE episode, is dead


Fritz Weaver (1926-2016) 
as Andrew Vulcan in 
The Vulcan Affair episode


Fritz Weaver, Tony-Winning Character Actor, Dies at 90


Sunday, November 27, 2016

UNCLE: The geo-credibility factor


Produced with a low budget and precarious resources, The Man From UNCLE needed to maintain a certain tone of realism in its episodes. One of the instruments for this was to insert elements of geographic identification before each scene. This detail gave the series a journalistic feel. Some examples:







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Saturday, November 19, 2016

Associated Press: "Robert Vaughn, suave ‘Man from UNCLE’ star, dies at 83"




New York (AP) — Robert Vaughn, the debonair, Oscar-nominated actor whose many film roles were eclipsed by his hugely popular turn in television’s “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.,” died last week at age 83. Vaughn passed away Friday, Nov. 11 after a brief battle with acute leukemia.

“The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” was an immediate hit, particularly with young people, when it debuted in 1964. It was part of an avalanche of secret agent shows (“I Spy,” ‘’Mission: Impossible,” ‘’Secret Agent”), spoofs (“Get Smart”), books (“The Spy Who Came in From the Cold”) and even songs (“Secret Agent Man”) inspired by the James Bond films.

Vaughn’s urbane superspy Napoleon Solo teamed with Scottish actor David McCallum’s Illya Kuryakin, a soft-spoken, Russian-born agent. The pair, who had put aside Cold War differences for a greater good, worked together each week for the mysterious U.N.C.L.E. (United Network Command for Law and Enforcement) in combatting the international crime syndicate THRUSH.

“Girls age 9 to 12 liked David McCallum because he was so sweet,” Vaughn said in a 2005 interview in England. “But the old ladies and the 13- to 16-year-olds liked me because I was so detached.”




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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

WSAU: "Open Channel D"



by Tom King
I failed to mention yesterday, the passing of actor Robert Vaughn. From 1964-68 he starred in one of my favorite tv shows, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. What started as a mostly serious James Bond imitator eventually devolved into campiness...but for a kid in elementary school...this was good tv. From the secret entrance in Del Florio's Tailor Shop...to the cool gadgets like the pen communicators ("open Channel D" became a catch phrase and had us all talking into our BICS). The suaveness of Vaughn's character Napoleon Solo (cool name too) and the total coolness of his Russian counterpart Ilya Kuriakin (played by David McCallum) was like catnip. The plots got pretty silly near the end and most of us had moved to other things by 1968...but for a couple of years "The Man From UNCLE delivered the goods. They also had UNCLE books, toys and other merchandise available. I have a record album of the music from the show.


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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

N4BB: "Robert Vaughn - 5 Interesting Facts You May Not Know"



by  • in Celebrity Net Worth

How many of you are fans of the spy genre? I can’t imagine there are many who aren’t. It’s a genre filled with an exciting blend of reality and fantasy. It’s about the dangers of exposing secrets and the game of intelligence. We’ve seen it unfold in the news and in television, film and novels. From the thrilling adventures of James Bond, to the more gripping, intense thrills of Jason Bourne (and Jack Bauer). At a time when Bond films were first being produced, there was an extremely popular 1960’s series titled “The Man from U.N.C.L.E”, which starred Robert Vaughn as Napoleon Solo (a film which was recently remade into a Guy Ritchie-vehicle starring Henry Cavill). Robert Vaughn soon became a star and has had roles in the A-Team and, most recently, on “Hustle”, where he played grifter Albert Stroller. Unfortunately, Robert Vaughn passed away yesterday, at the age of 83. He had a very prolific career and will always be remembered. Here are 5 Interesting Facts you May Not Know About Him:

1) Robert Vaughn Is An Academy-Award Nominated Actor

The Academy Awards is the biggest awards ceremony in Hollywood. Receiving one is perhaps the highest honour any filmmaker or actor can receive, but it’s not just about winning. It really is an honour just to be nominated and considered to be amongst the very best in the world. In 1960, Robert Vaughn got nominated for his performance in a film titled “The Young Philadelphians”. This happened in the same year he was cast in “The Man From U.N.C.L.E”. Quite a victory for the then upcoming spy series, wouldn’t you say?

2) Ian Fleming Helped Create Napoleon Solo

This one is rather surprising. It turns out the famed creator of James Bond worked with the show’s creator to help bring a Bond-like character to the small screen. This resulted in the creation of Napoleon Solo. At one point the show was to be titled “Ian Fleming’s Solo”. Robert Vaughn then went on to establish the character and make him unique in his own right.



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Sunday, November 13, 2016

Washington Post: "It was a cultural phenomenon"


 
From 1964 to 1968, Mr. Vaughn was one of the most recognizable stars in Hollywood, playing Napoleon Solo in the NBC spy spoof “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” The character was developed by Ian Fleming, the creator of James Bond, as something of a small-screen Bond.
Darkly handsome, with a prominent chin and a distinctive, cultivated voice, Mr. Vaughn starred alongside David McCallum, playing the Russian spy Illya Kuryakin. Together, they were an international crime-fighting duo defying Cold War convention in a tongue-in-cheek series that was one of the most popular shows of its time.
Each week, the pair from the United Network Command for Law and Enforcement, a private organization “involved in maintaining political and legal order anywhere in the world,” accepted a mission from their boss, played by Leo G. Carroll. With wit and panache, they overcame the deadly gadgets and thugs put in their way by their nemesis, THRUSH — while finding time to romance glamorous women.
“There was something cool about it,” Ron Simon, curator of television and radio at the Paley Center for Media in New York, told the Los Angeles Times last year. “It created an emotional resonance for TV. It became the most popular show on campus in 1964, ’65 and ’66 — the first two seasons. It was a cultural phenomenon.”No matter how perilous their travails, they always managed to escape with their well-fitted suits, stylish hair and debonair manner intact.
Mr. Vaughn and McCallum had a genial screen chemistry, trading quips and maintaining a blithe sang-froid in the face of danger. They received thousands of letters a week from fans, and when the Beatles came to the United States in 1966, they asked to meet Mr. Vaughn.
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Saturday, November 12, 2016

USAToday: Robert Vaughn life in rare pictures

Robert Vaughn (Napoleon Solo) and David McCallum (Illya Kuryakin) in the remains of what used to be UNCLE's secret entrance in the MGM studios. The set was destroyed by fire in March 31, 1967. (AP)

Surrounded by fans and protected by police in London, as a rock star. (Getty Images)

With bride Linda Staab, June 29, 1974. (AP)

As president Harry S Truman in President: The Man From Independence (1974). (AP)


Winning the Emmy Ward as supporting actor for the drama series Washington: Behind Closed Doors in 1979 (AP).

Atending the Hollywood Walk of Fame Ceremony in July 27, 1998 with wife Linda Staab, daughter Caitlin and son Cassidy. (Wire Image)


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Episode # 23: Del Floria's big secret

Somewhere in Manhattan. Napoleon Solo enter the Del Floria's Tailor Shop - Cleaning & Pressing. Recognizing agent Solo, Mist...