The Man From U.N.C.L.E. first aired 50 years ago today! After the series debut, kids in the States traded in their cowboy six-shooters for silencers and followed the new wave of young, slim secret agents into the future. The series, which was developed with some help from Bond author Ian Fleming, had a sense of reality that brought viewers into the action. This was achieved in early episodes  by using cinema verite-style footage, which is, by nature, energetic and dynamic, and by placing relatable civilians into the narrative. And then there was the U.N.C.L.E. gun, which is reported to have received more fan mail at times than the actors! Anyone who hadn't caught the spy bug after tonight was certain to come down with the condition by December of 1964 with the US release of Goldfinger. A new feature film based on the series is currently in production. U.N.C.L.E. stars below (photos credited to Jerry Schatzberg). Related posts: U.N.C.L.E. Japanese Editions, UK Comics, U.N.C.L.E. Gun, Manga, David McCallum Music.
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