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The Man from U.N.C.L.E (2015)


Duration 1h 56m Rating (UK) 12A
Source of story A TV series of the same name which ran for four seasons in the 1960s, created by Sam Rolfe
Director Guy Ritchie
Writers/Script Guy Richie, Lionel Wigram (Story by Jeff Kleeman, David C. Wilson, Guy Richie, Lionel Wigram)
Starring Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander, Elizabeth Debicki, Hugh Grant, Jared Harris, David Beckham,

Elevator Pitch: Napoleon Solo, a CIA operative has the job of extracting a young woman, daughter of a German nulear physicist who is working for the Americans, from East Germanyin 1964. During the op they are picked on by Illya Kuryakin a KGB man, but eventually they all find themselves in the same place at the same time, forced by their respective governments to work together to save the world from a rogue organisation which has backmailed the young woman’s father into working for them, and therefore have a bomb in preparation.

Content: It is implied that Solo has casual sex with a hotel receptionist who we see in her nickers. They drink a bit, and Gaby, the young woman appears in many scenes in 1960s fashion. I think she might have worn a Mary Quant once. There are car chases in East German cars, a boat chase and a lot of gunfire in the finale when the SBS at recruited to attack the villain’s fortress. The agents bicker a lot but eventually become friends.

A View: I am old enough to remember the TV show and found myself wondering how Armie Hammer as Illya, a really tall actor, had been chosen to pair with Henry Cavill who is a fairly short actor. Exactly the opposite of what the TV show did. Other than that it was really Bond with a smattering of Len Deighton. It was expensive, but probably made its money back. It was moderately well liked by the critics but got a lot of ticks-up from the general public. Maybe a watch for nothing on a Sunday afternoon.

Additional Info: There are 137 items in the IMDb trivia, many of them obviously knocked up by the studio’s PR department. A hint, “make them shorter guys”.

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Author of this site three technical books and two novels



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