Monday, June 27, 2016

Open Channel D: #2 in the Television History & Criticism List in Australia.


Open Channel D: #2 in the Television History & Criticism List in Australia.
Channel D Kindle Australia: goo.gl/vvVeJ8
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UNCLE ultra high tech gadgets (from 1964)


The Man From UNCLE was from the start a TV series committed to what was most advanced at that time in terms of technology. Here are some examples of what was advanced in 1964, the year of its first season. Above is the clock used by Napoleon Solo. The brand was erased. James Bond wore an Omega Seamaster.


One of the UNCLE Headquarters "powerful" computers. At that time, "computer" was synonymous with mainframe, in the style popularized by IBM in so many spy movies.


One of the many communications switches used inside UNCLE HQ.


A typical low budget "control center" in a Man From UNCLE episode: a big analog watch, one "Danger Auto Destruct monitor", one loose wire in the wall.


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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Arkansas Times: The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and the post 9/11 world



The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and the post 9/11 world

Posted By  on Tue, Jun 21, 2016 at 12:54 PM


Every month I go through my books and donate some to various sources - Fayetteville Library bookstore, Goodwill, etc - and a few weeks ago my eye fell upon a Man from U.N.C.L.E. novel I’ve had for decades. That might be fun to read again, I thought. 

What I discovered was a book that accurately predicted our world in the 21st Century, even though it was published in 1966.

To be honest, “The Affair of the Gentle Saboteur,” by Brandon Keith, is not all that highly regarded by many fans of the old spy series, because it doesn’t read like an episode of the show.

What it does read like, however, is very much a Cold War novel. Growing up in the military, I tended to enjoy this sort of story in junior high and high school. Though hardly in the John le Carré class, it still offers an interesting view of world politics in the 1960s.

The plot, in a nutshell, involves those nefarious devils of THRUSH (what did that name stand for, anyway?) bringing over a master bomb-maker to target various sites which are regarded as almost sacred by Americans. Fortunately, he is arrested just after he lays his first bomb, at the bottom of the Statue of Liberty.

During interrogation, he is asked why his taskmasters have come up with such a plan. His answer?

“ . . . We believe the time to be ripe to create confusion and terror within the United States itself, to make it an object of world ridicule, and to precipitate the United States into unwise and unfortunate acts - and thus, aside from influencing the uncommitted nations, to cause division and foment discontent between the United States and its allies.”

Unwise and unfortunate acts. 

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Sunday, June 19, 2016

UNCLE # 8: The Double Affair Complete Episode


The Man From UNCLE
Episode 8
The Double Affair
Writers: Joseph Calvelli and Clyde Ware
Director: John Newland
Guests: Senta Berger (Serena), Michael Evans (Darius Two), Sharon Farrell (Sandy Wister)
Filmed: 28 August - 04 September 1964
Premiere: 17 November 1964
Places: New York and Washington (USA) and Alps (Austria)


The affair:

Illya Kuryakin finishes his nightshift and exits UNCLE HQ through Del Floria's. In the street he's attacked by missiles fired by little toy robots, but manages to destroy them. At THRUSH New York Headquarters, Darius Two says eliminating Kuryakin is important for the success of a new operation. A bandaged man on the operating table turns out to be a exact lookalike of Napoleon Solo. Meanwhile, the real Solo enters a restaurant with his companion, flight attendant Sandy Wister. His double, still covered with gauze, sits beside her. Napoleon finds Serena (from THRUSH). She seduces him. Solo is made unconscious by gas and is taken to a THRUSH base in the Austrian Alps (...)

Robert Vaughn & Senta Berger

FYI: It is the first (and only) time that the name of a guest star (Senta Berger) appears in the credits before David McCallum's. The episode had additional scenes inserted and was distributed as a full length movie titled The Spy with my Face. The Double Affair was the best episode since the beginning of the series. UNCLE producers started to think big. The opening scene with little toy robots attacking Illya in front of Del Floria's became an icon of the genre, despite its naivety. The plot was the most interesting one until then and caused excitement among fans by showing a bad double of hero Napoleon Solo. It never looks like Vaughn is fighting with a stuntman. Both the episode and the motion picture benefited from the presence of Senta Berger, an international star of rare beauty. The “Austrian Alps THRUSH secret base” is in truth the Griffiths Observatory in Los Angeles.

Robert Vaughn & Sharon Farrell


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Sunday, June 12, 2016

UNCLE Special Guest: Anne Francis

Man From UNCLE Special Guest in episodes 3 and 7
Date of Birth16 September 1930Ossining, New York, USA
Date of Death2 January 2011Santa Barbara, California, USA 
Birth NameAnne Lloyd Francis
Height5' 8" (1,73 m)
Anne Francis got into show business quite early in life. She was born Ann Marvak on September 16, 1930 in Ossining, New York, the only child of Phillip Marvak, a businessman/salesman, and the former Edith Francis. A natural little beauty, she became a John Robert Powers model at age 6 and swiftly moved into radio soap work and television in New York. By age 11, she was making her stage debut on Broadway playing the child version of Gertrude Lawrence in the star's 1941 hit vehicle "Lady in the Dark". During this productive time, she attended New York's Professional Children's School.

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer put the lovely, blue-eyed, wavy-blonde hopeful under contract during the post-war World War II years. While Anne appeared in a couple of obscure bobbysoxer bits, nothing much came of it. Frustrated at the standard cheesecake treatment she was receiving in Hollywood, the serious-minded actress trekked back to New York where she appeared to good notice on television's "Golden Age" drama and found some summer stock work on the sly ("My Sister Eileen").

Discovered and signed by 20th Century-Fox's Darryl F. Zanuck after playing a seductive, child-bearing juvenile delinquent in the low budget film So Young So Bad (1950), Anne soon starred in a number of promising ingénue roles, including Elopement (1951), Lydia Bailey (1952) and Dreamboat (1952) but she still could not seem to rise above the starlet typecast. At MGM, she found promising leading lady work in a few noteworthy 1950s classics: Bad Day at Black Rock (1955); The Blackboard Jungle (1955); and the science fiction cult classic Forbidden Planet (1956). While co-starring with Hollywood's hunkiest best, including Paul NewmanDale RobertsonGlenn Ford and Cornel Wilde, her roles still emphasized more her glam appeal than her acting capabilities. In the 1960s, Anne began refocusing strongly on the smaller screen, finding a comfortable niche on television series. She found a most appreciative audience in two classic Twilight Zone (1959) episodes and then as a self-sufficient, Emma Peel-like detective in Aaron Spelling's short-lived cult series Honey West (1965), where she combined glamour and a sexy veneer with judo throws, karate chops and trendy fashions. The role earned her a Golden Globe Award and Emmy Award nomination. (...)

Twice divorced with one daughter from her second marriage, Anne adopted (as a single mother) a girl back in 1970 in California. She has long been involved with a metaphysical-based church, channeling her own thoughts and feelings into the inspirational 1982 book "Voices from Home: An Inner Journey". Lately, she has spent more time off-camera and involved in such charitable programs as "Direct Relief", "Angel View" and the "Desert AIDS Project", among others. Her health declined sharply in the final years. Diagnosed with lung cancer in 2007, the actress sadly died on January 2, 2011, from complications of pancreatic cancer in a Santa Barbara (California) retirement home.
- IMDb Mini Biography By: Gary Brumburgh / gr-home@pacbell.net


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Monday, June 6, 2016

UNCLE and the age of the big jets


"It was a Monday. The New York Times was full of advertising pages showing clothing for women in stores like Sak's and Sears. Men drooled for the big cars (like the Plymouth Barracuda or the Pontiac GTO) and electronics ("portable" TVs and sound systems with turntable and AM/FM receivers). And for both genres there were everywhere announcements of international air travel with accessible prices. The four-engine jet propeled Boeing-707 was the symbol of this era. International travel is no longer the privilege of the very wealthy".
(Open Channel D: The Man From UNCLE Affair)

The extinct Pan American's Boeing 707. Episode 8.

The New York international airport, in 1964. In the picture, 2 Lockheed Constellation (from TWA) and one Douglas DC-7 (from United). Episode 9.

Douglas DC-8 from SAS (Scandinavian Airlines System). Episode 10.


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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...