They’ve been trying to get a film version of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. off the ground for as long as I can remember. Steven Soderbergh came close to shooting a version with George Clooney a few years ago but sadly it never materialised (Clooney needed back surgery and Warner Bros didn’t like the budget). It was left to Guy Ritchie to carry the film over the finish line, aided by the broad shoulders of Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer.
This looks like it could be fun. Cavill appears to be channeling Robert Vaughn’s Napoleon Solo, although it’s hard to get a handle on Hammer’s Illya Kuryakin. This seems to have the same buddy-banter that made Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes movies a success (with added Hugh Grant).
I caught a few episodes of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. over Christmas and it’s a great little show (one of them was directed by Richard Donner). I don’t know if this 1963 set adventure will seep into collective consciousness like the original but it should be an enjoyable summer blockbuster.
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. opens on 14 August 2015.