Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer Are Sixtiestastic In Man From UNCLE Photo

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It's been a long time since we heard anything about Guy Ritchie's big screen reboot of the 60s classic Man from U.N.C.L.E., but here we are with the first official still. I actually think Armie Hammer looks pretty great as Illya Kuryakin.

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There was a long casting process for this project, with the project starting out life as a Steven Soderbergh project with George Clooney starring. When Clooney left, a vast array of stars were mentioned: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ryan Gosling, Channing Tatum, Alexander Skarsgård, Ewan McGregor, Robert Pattinson, Matt Damon, Christian Bale, Michael Fassbender, Bradley Cooper, Leonardo DiCaprio, Joel Kinnaman, Russell Crowe, Chris Pine, Ryan Reynolds, and Jon Hamm. The film was finally resuscitated with Guy Ritchie at the helm and Henry Cavill and Hammer starring as Napoleon Solo and Kuryakin.

The set-up sounds suitably Man From U.N.C.L.E.-y, with Illya and Napoleon teaming up to stop a mysterious international crime syndicate's (THRUSH? It's THRUSH, right?) plan to gain power by spreading nuclear weapons. As in the case of the show, the two agents have a civilian who is the key to the operation. In this case, the daughter of a vanished German scientist.

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No lie, I'm really excited by the true-to-form plot synopsis and the fact that they chose to leave the show in 60s and not set it in the 21st century. And Hugh Grant is Mr. Waverly! Plus, Ritchie should make Man From U.N.C.L.E. the fun action spy film it should be.

We'll see if I'm in any way right to be kind of into this when it comes out on August 14, 2015.

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Reader's guide for young people: The Man From Uncle was an attempt at a James Bond tv show; Bond author Ian Fleming was involved in its development. Running from 1964-1968, the show surfed the first wave of Bond mania, and was immensely popular. It was the first Spy-Fi show, but dozens of imitators were on the air within a few months. It was laden with gadgets, beautiful girls, fancy guns, wry humor and lots of sexual double entendre.

The show was intended as a showcase for actor Robert Vaughn as lead spy Napoleon Solo; his sidekick Illya Kuryakin was intended as a secondary, recurring character. However, actor David McCallum all but stole the show, and become personally very popular, known as "The Blond Beatle". Crowds followed both of them wherever they went, and they got more fan mail then anyone in the history of MGM.

Like most guys my age I was a huge fan, and never missed an episode. Even today I can enjoy watching it, and I have some Uncle toys and props on my "Cool Stuff From My Childhood" shelf. I'm especially fond of the first-season cigarette communicator prop replica, and the exact-match case I found on eBay.