Wow!! Is this ever going to date me!?! Man from U.N.C.L.E. is finally out!
Can you remember Napoleon Solo (Robert Vaughn) and Illya Kuryakin (David McCallum)? And if so, do you remember what the U.N.C.L.E. stood for? (United Network Command for Law and Enforcement…I had to look this one up>>> my memory isn’t that good!!!) And, what how about T.H.R.U.S.H.? (What a great acronym for an evil organization!) Man from U.N.C.L.E. was one of the first spy shows, taking place during the height of the Cold War days. (Remember air raid drills in school where you had to scamper under your desk?… And how flimsy those little desks were!?!)
The show aired in the mid 1960s and was one of the top TV hits of that time. Since this was before DVDs (and even VHS tapes!) the show aired each week in households that had all of the members patiently sitting in front of the television. If you had a “Spot” or “Puff”>>> you had already made sure that he/she had gone outside for his/her run of the neighborhood (this was before the days of six-foot privacy fences and mandatory leash laws!) and that all bathroom breaks had been taken by all family members… thus insuring no unwanted distractions. If you were hungry, you had already pan-popped your popcorn (or had Jiffy Pop already made an appearance by this time?) and that all of the family members were sitting patiently on the living room couch for the show (before the time of the family/television room!). If you had Boy Scouts on Tuesday nights (as my husband did) then you made sure that you got home early enough to see how Solo and Kuryakin were going to save the world this week. It was, in short, a big event in the days of the three-network television line-ups.
And, how about this for another “Back in the Days”… Remember when turtle necks were all the rage… After watching David McCallum sporting the Kuryakin turtle necks, you’ll wonder if the show had any thing to do with the turtle neck’s popularity!
Just ask someone in their fifties (or older) if the remember Solo and Kuryakin. I bet you will see them smile at the memories!