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'Man From UNCLE' filming in Italy

by Greg Belfrage

Secret agents Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin will be returning to the big screen in Guy Ritchie's reboot of "The Man From UNCLE".

The original television series aired from 1964-1968 on NBC and starred Robert Vaughn and David McCallum. The Cold War era show followed the exploits of two secret agents who work for a multinational intelligence agency called United Network Command for Law and Enforcement (UNCLE).

The reboot stars Henry Cavill as American agent Napoleon Solo and Armie Hammer as Soviet agent Illya Kuryakin. Hugh Grant stars as the head of UNCLE, Alexander Waverly.  Based on costume designs and props, it appears the new movie will be faithful to the original and based in the 1960's.

Behind the scenes video has just been released showing Cavill and Hammer on the set in Rome.

Deadline has previously reported that Italian actor Luca Calvani is the movie’s villain, a wealthy Italian shipping heir who smuggled Nazi gold at the end of World War II.

A release date for the movie has not been set.

The original TV series led to an explosion of toys, books and comic books in the late 60's and early 70's. If you've never seen the series, we've included an introduction clip from an early first season episode.

 

Man from UNCLE memorabilia from my personal collection

Greg Belfrage is an avid Star Trek fan, serious Batman toy collector and hopeless geek. He hosts the morning show on KELO Newstalk 1320 AM / 107.9 FM.