Spy films seem to go in trends. Jason Bourne set the trend for the hero to get the crap kicked out of him but do whatever it takes to get the job done. The originator of the modern spy movie, James Bond, is a prime example of the changing nature of spy movies over the last couple of years. The Daniel Craig series of films started off with the excellent Casino Royale, encountered a blip with Quantum of Solace and then hit it out of the park with the brilliant Skyfall. Of course we all know that the character of James Bond was created by Sir Ian Fleming but did you know that he had a helping hand in creating another famous spy series that will be coming to the big screen during 2015 and that is “The Man From U.N.C.L.E”.
A staple of the 60’s, The Man From U.N.C.L.E was one of those shows that was released at the height of James Bond mania that was build on the premise of a suave secret agent taking on an international terrorist organisation. Set at the height of the cold war, the show had the unique appeal of having an American and a Russian teaming up to counteract Nazi remnants as well as other threats that showed up on a weekly basis.
Stuck in development hell for a number of years with directors like Steven Soderbergh attached at one time, the movie was one of those franchises whose name popped up every so often when there was a lull in spy films. Guy Ritchie is the man who has been tasked with bringing the movie to the big screen and he seems to relishing the challenge.
The decision to stick to 60’s looks like it will allow the team behind the movie to have fun with the time period and could lend well to some fantastic set pieces. The plot of the movie sees us get an origin story for the two agents who start off as antagonist but will end up being the two leading U.N.C.L.E agents.
In the early 1960s, CIA agent Napoleon Solo and KGB operative Illya Kuryakin participate in a joint mission against a mysterious criminal organization, which is working to proliferate nuclear weapons.
— People magazine (@peoplemag) February 11, 2015
Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer have tough task in taking over from the iconic Robert Vaughn and David McCallum but first impressions from the trailer certainly show that both are going to bring something different to the movie. Hugh Grant rounds out the cast as Mr. Waverly who acts as M to the pair as they attempt to locate the missing nuclear weapon. Although any movie that has been in development hell this long should have movie goers worried, the legacy, current cast and potential of the franchise should give this movie a stay of execution for a while longer.