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The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

Updated on February 02, 2015

The Man From UNCLE - The Hub Affair

The Man From U.N.C.L.E television program was only on the air four short years, but it left an impression on the entire world. At the time this show was developed, the US was involved in a Cold War, Viet Nam War, and a culture war. The program was successful in that it literally brought the world together to fight evil.

Each episode was well written, and contained four acts. Each each secret mission was referred to as an 'affair.' The precept of the program was simple, yet complex. The heroes of the show were not only our favorite secret agents, but those of us who watched at home, as well.

Illya and Napolion - The Men From UNCLE
Illya and Napolion - The Men From UNCLE

The Man From Uncle: The History Affair

In the early 1960s, Norman Felton, wanted to produce an action adventure spy program. To get details and ideas, he went to the best source he could find for help. There was only one who best met that criteria, and he was none other than Ian Fleming, author and creator of James Bond: 007.

The Man from U.N.C.L.E. television program was developed by Sam Rolfe based on ideas suggested by Norman Felton and Ian Fleming. Ian's biggest contribution to the program was naming the main character, Napoleon Solo. Mr. Fleming's other character contribution was "April Dancer," aka "The Girl From U.N.C.L.E."

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. series began on a serious note, with scripts written similar in structure to the James Bond character developed by Mr. Fleming. By the end of the second season the program had developed more of a tongue in cheek humor with the character, Illya Kuryakin, taking on a larger role in the program. At that point, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. was one of the most popular programs in the world. Between 1964 and 1968, The Man From UNCLE was nominated for numerous Emmy, Golden Globes, Grammy, American Cinema, and Logie Awards.

Who's Your UNCLE

Who's Your UNCLE
Who's Your UNCLE

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The Men From UNCLE

The Men From UNCLE
The Men From UNCLE

The Man From UNCLE: The YouTube Affair

Robert Vaughn as Napoleon Solo

Robert Vaughn as Napoleon Solo
Robert Vaughn as Napoleon Solo

The Man From UNCLE: The Amazon Affair

More than 100 episodes of The Man From UNCLE were televised between 1964 and 1968. During this time their cast of characters, villains, and associates would include such known celebrities as Robert Culp, Jill Ireland, Ann Francis, Slim Pickins, Joan Crawford, Boris Karloff, Joan Collins, Jack Palance, Janet Leigh, and many more. You can see them all on DVDs available from Amazon.

David McCallum as Illya Kuryakin

David McCallum as Illya Kuryakin
David McCallum as Illya Kuryakin

The Man From UNCLE: The eBay Affair

The Man From UNCLE spawned an entire market of merchandise. When growing up, I didn't know anyone who didn't watch The Man From UNCLE. Every kid on the block wanted a Man From UNCLE communicator pen, board game, comic book, or shoulder pistol. eBay has a variety of U.N.C.L.E. items for sale by owner. If you are a collector, you may find something unique to add to your collection.

Did you know . . .

Each episode of The Man From Uncle ended with the following credit:

"We wish to thank the United Network Command for Law and Enforcement without whose assistance this program would not be possible."

UNCLE does not exist, and never has.

Special Note

The Man From UNCLE is and always has been one of my favorite television programs (as you can tell from this production!) My special thanks to those who were helpful in providing comprehensive information about this phenomenal show. Your links are included on this page so others who seek additional information can find you more easily. As of this date, all links herein have been checked for validity.

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. is Copyright © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. The Man From UNCLE artwork herein is based on photographs provided by Lisa's Video Frame Capture Library.

Are we nostalgic yet? Did you have a thing for Illya or Napoleon? Did you watch the TV show religiously when it was on? Do you remember playing secret agent with your brothers or the neighborhood kids? How about the comic books and board games?

I would love to hear about your UNCLE experience, and what you think about the prospects of The Man From UNCLE return to the cinema or television.

Thank you for taking time out of your busy day to visit.

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      Tony Bonura 4 years ago from Tickfaw, Louisiana

      One of my favorite lines from NCIS was when Gibbs was asked what Ducky might have looked like when he was younger. He paused for a second and said that he looked a lot like Illya Kuryakin. I thought that was a great line to pay homage to David McCallum's acting caree.

      I had forgotten about that closing line to MFU, but I do remember it now that you mention it. Great lens. It brought back some great memories.

      TonyB

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      We watch The Man From UNCLE as a family and remembering wondering if UNCLE was really real, it had to be if it was thanked...right? Guess that's a lesson on not believing everything you see on TV. Illya Kuryakin was my favorite and the favorite of all the younger ladies for his cute cuteness and that accent! I can tell you were a true fan with all your "affairs", sweet!

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      grannysage 5 years ago

      I am deeply heartbroken to learn that U.N.C.L.E. never existed. This will probably put me into a deep funk. Does that mean Illya Kuryakin never existed? Great lens on one of my favorite shows. I love how you labeled each module an "Affair" in true UNCLE fashion.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      My wife, Grannysage/Diane has created a lens all about David McCallum at : http://www.squidoo.com/david-mccallum, called "David McCallum: The Real Reason I Watch NCIS" I'll let her know about this lens. she is sure to enjoy!

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      TheAngelLadies LM 6 years ago

      The MFU was a GREAT show! Thanks for a great lens!

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      Treasures By Brenda 6 years ago from Canada

      I've never seen the Man From Uncle. Nicely done lens; blessed by a SquidAngel.

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