Saturday, 14 February 2015


Saturday, 14 February 2015

Had you forgotten Guy Ritchie (Lock Stock, Snatch) was directing a $75m-budgeted film version of classic 1960s spy drama THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E? Well, here it is—starring Henry Cavill (Man of Steel) as suave U.S agent Napoleon Solo and Armie Hammer (The Lone Ranger) as Russian agent Ilya Kuryakin.

I love how they've decided to keep the '60s setting, which helps differentiate it from the contemporary James Bond (which the series was originally created to ape), and it feels like a better fit for Ritchie's kinetic style than his Sherlock Holmes films. Playing up the Cold War antagonism between Solo and Kuryakin also feels like fun, and not something I remember the TV doing much with (although it's been many years since I last saw it).

Who'll wager on a cameo appearance from original octogenarian stars Robert Vaughn and David McCallum, who are both still alive and working?

THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E premieres 14 August 2015 in the U.S and UK.