Tuesday, January 26, 2016

McCallum & Ireland: the couple from UNCLE


David McCallum was first married to actress Jill Ireland on 11 May 1957 in London. The two met during production of the film Hell Drivers which provided early roles for both actors. In 1963 McCallum introduced Ireland to Charles Bronson when both were filming The Great Escape. She subsequently left McCallum and married Bronson in 1968 - Wikipedia

With her comic skills, Jill Ireland (1936 – 1990) was a frequent guest star in the Man From UNCLE series. She was Marion Raven (episodes 3 and 7), Suzanne de Serre (episode 37) and Imogen (episode 87). Ireland wrote two books about her battle with breast cancer. She and David McCallum had three children.



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Friday, January 22, 2016

Dateline 1966: Man From UNCLE feature filme "One Spy Too Many"


Celebrating Films of the 1960s & 1970s

DATELINE 1966: MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. FEATURE FILM "ONE SPY TOO MANY"


This is the original review from the movie industry trade magazine Film Bulletin for the 1966 "Man From U.N.C.L.E." feature film "One Spy Too Many" starring Robert Vaughn and David McCallum, which was comprised of the two-part episode "The Alexander the Greater Affair" with some additional footage shot specifically for the theatrical release. Despite the low production costs of these "U.N.C.L.E." films, they generated huge profits in the international markets. Eight feature films were made from two-part episodes, although only three were released in the United States: "To Trap a Spy", "The Spy With My Face" (the latter two as a double feature) and "One Spy Too Many".




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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Interview: Roger Moreira and his new The Man From UNCLE Theme version


Roger Moreira is a Brazilian musician, creator of the rock pop band Ultraje a Rigor. They recorded a brand new version of The Man From UNCLE Theme, by Jerry Goldsmith. It is a rock and roll version, that would fit perfectly in the 2015 movie directed by Guy Ritchie. This is an exclusive interview with Roger Moreira for this blog:


1) Did you watch The Man From UNCLE on television? What are your best memories about the show?
I loved it! But I don't remember much since I was no more than a little child. But I do remember they had those triangular badges, they had secret entrances to their offices and they had to talk to Mr Waverly before their missions. I found them both funny and heroic. Action filled. I vaguely remember they having gadgets. I loved everything. 

2) Why did you record the Man From UNCLE Theme?
Because I loved it too!:) 

3) It is a hard song to be played?
No, not really. At least the way we did it. It's very well constructed and reminiscent of the Mission Impossible theme. But in 4/4, not 5/4 like the latter

4) Did you watch Guy Ritchie's 2015 UNCLE film?
Not yet. I was looking forward to it and my first disappointment was with the musical theme: not the original one. If he had no commitment to it I imagine the story may be different too. I watched the first minutes of it and saw Ilya was an enemy at first. I liked the idea of having the action in the 60's since many of their gadgetry would be obsolete or anachronistic by now.

This is the Ultraje a Rigor version:


And this is the original version recorded by Hugo Montenegro:




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Friday, January 15, 2016

The Very Important Party Guests Affair


In "The Giuoco Piano Affair" there is a party at the begining and other at the very end of the episode. Few people knows it, but some of the guests are very important people in The Man From UNCLE series. The man above playing chess is Norman Felton, the MGM/Arena producer that started everything in 1963.


The mustachioed writer above is Joseph "Doc" Calvelli, Associated Producer. He is observed by Illya Kuryakin (David McCallum). The scene have a metalinguistic trick hard to explain.


On the left is Richard Donner, the episode director. He plays an inconveniently drunk guest. At his side are Illya Kuryakin (David McCallum) and Marion Raven (Jill Ireland). McCallum and Ireland were married in real life.


The charming Texan dancing with Jill Ireland is the man who created the whole Man From UNCLE universe: Sam Rolfe.


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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Batman 66 Meets the Man From UNCLE #2 review


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Batman ’66 Meets the Man From U.N.C.L.E. #2: “The Batman Affair: Villains in a Rush/Bruce Wayne, Agent of T.H.R.U.S.H.”
Written by Jeff Parker - Illustrated by David Hahn - Inked by Karl Kesel and David Hahn - Colored by MadPencil - Lettered by Wes Abbott
Tone is a tricky thing.  Just as much as the look of a TV show or comic, the way the property carries itself speaks volumes.  That’s part of what made Batman ’66 so memorable: visually it was bright and colorful, and it had a deadpan tone to match.  Those costumes and that dialogue in, say, Tim Burton’s macabre vision of the dark knight?  That would have been a disaster, but even if it’s not your cup of tea it worked for what it set out to do.
The thing is, everything has a tone and feel unique to itself.  The Man From U.N.C.L.E. has a humorous slant, of course, but it’s more serious in nature and relies on the suave and charming personalities of its leads for its laughs more than tongue-in-cheek humor and outrageous situations.  Even though they’re products of the same time, they’re very different shows with very different purposes.  As such, the meeting of these two worlds could have been outright disastrous.
Luckily, it’s not, as Jeff Parker walks a very fine line in his writing that brings both weight and levity to the two properties while still having them feel naturally and distinctively like themselves.  Batman and Robin act like they should, their respective stoicism and whimsy as evident as ever, while the agents of U.N.C.L.E. rub elbows with the denizens of Gotham as if they were meant to be there all along.

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Open Channel D eBook: # 3 in Canada (Television History & Criticism list)


Open Channel D is #3 best seller in the (Amazon/Kindle) eBook Television History & Cristicism list in Canada:

The Man From UNCLE Affair eBook is doing well too in two other categories: Film History & Criticism (#5) and all books Television History & Criticism (#6). To purchase the book in Amazon Canada, click here.


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Thursday, January 7, 2016

Flix 66: The Man From UNCLE Blu-ray Review


  • Director: Guy Ritchie
  • Starring: Henry CavillArmie HammerAlicia Vikander
  • Taking place in the early 1960’s THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. joins together two unlikely spies, one CIA the other KGB, with a mission that spans from East Berlin to Italy in pursuit of obtaining a formula for enriched uranium. The odd-couple spy team must figure out a way to get along and combine their respective styles and techniques in order to accomplish their mission.
    The Man From U.N.C.L.E. trailer
    When seeing the trailers for this film, I was excited. Spies! 1960’s style! A fun mission! Guy Ritchie as the director! Plus talented actors to round it all out! For some reason, I expected this film to be a campy Bond-Bourne-Mission Impossible-esque mash-up. It was none of those things, instead it was a letdown that felt like it should have, and could have been great.
    The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
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    The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
    This is one of those films where I feel bad for the actors.  They each put in an adequate performance and I cannot pinpoint what they could have done to make the film better. Even Alicia Vikander, who is a great actress and has had an amazing year of movies in 2015, seems out of place in this movie. The scene where she drinks an entire bottle of vodka and dances around could have been more real, or created more laughs, but instead, it made me believe I was watching someone acting drunk. Armie Hammer’s take on the Russian KGB was adequate and Henry Cavill made a decent fast-talking CIA agent. But combining decent, adequate and out of place, along with weird pacing and awkward story telling does not a great film make. The biggest positive I can say about this movie is that the costuming was quite fun and the only thing I remember from this picture.
     BLU-RAY REVIEW
    Video: 2.40:1 – Sharp & clear. Just as one expects from Blu-rays.
    Audio: Dolby TrueHD 7.1 – Good sound for all the boring content.
    Spy Vision: Recreating 60’s Cool (8:34): This feature highlights the joys of creating a set and finding costumes fit for the 1960’s.
    A Higher Class of Hero (7:13): A recap of the action sequences in the film and how theyattempted to make them different from other action moments we’ve seen in movies before.
    Métisse Motorcycles: Proper—and Very British (4:49): One of the more interesting features, if you are a motorcycle enthusiast and like old motorcycles, this is right up your alley.
    The Guys from U.N.C.L.E (4:57): A look at Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer.
    A Man of Extraordinary Talents (3:16): Everyone gushes over Guy Ritchie.

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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Stay Thirsty: a conversation with David McCallum


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. And now, just a few months after his 82nd birthday, his first novel, Once A Crooked Man, is being released. It was Stay Thirsty Magazine's great pleasure and genuine privilege to visit with David McCallum at his home in California for this Conversation.

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 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 theColditz series on the BBC.



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Sunday, January 3, 2016

A rocky version of The Man From UNCLE theme


This is what an alternative version of The Man From UNCLE theme should sound in the Guy Ritchie 2015 film soundtrack. Old original theme (by Jerry Goldsmith) is remade in a hard-rock style by the Brazilian band Ultraje a Rigor. Maybe we will listen to it in The Man From UNCLE 2




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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...