Director Guy Ritchie has had quite the cinematic career, starting out with smaller movies, like Snatch and Swept Away, and in the last decade transitioning to major blockbusters, like the Sherlock Holmes movies and King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, the latter of which is finally in theaters. As with every director, not all of Ritchie's offerings have been hits, but Ritchie was surprised to discover that there was more positive reaction to The Man from U.N.C.L.E. than he previously thought. When told there's been increased interest in the theatrical adaptation of the 1960s TV series, Ritchie said: "I had no fucking idea. I had no fucking idea! Fuck it, I love the movie".
Critically The Man from U.N.C.L.E. performed decently when it was released in 2015, ranking at 67% among critics on Rotten Tomatoes and earning a 73% Audience Score. Commercially, on the other hand, it underperformed, making only a little over $109 million of a $75 million budget. Earlier in the Indiewire interview, Guy Ritchie attributed The Man from U.N.C.L.E.'s commercial failure to its poor release date, August 24, but he was clearly pleased to learn that the movie has a passionate fanbase. Presumably learning how little money it made had influenced how he thought it was received by audiences.