The U.N.C.L.E. movie may have an echo of a TV episode

Solo doesn't realize it, but he's very close to Thrush's Dr. Egret

The opening scene of The Girls of Nazarone Affair.

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. movie now filming in the U.K. apparently has a sequence that has an echo of an episode of the 1964-68 television series.

The Extras Casting Web site has INFORMATION ABOUT THE MOVIE seeking extras who also have pre-1965 cars to appear as part of a sequence including “a memorable and iconic scene involving Grand Prix racing.”

The filming is to take place for four days starting Oct. 16 at the Goodwood Motor Circuit. Participating extras will receive 200 pounds a day but must be available for all four days.

As it turns out, the original show incorporated a Grand Prix race (a generic race, not the European-based Formula One series), for the next-to-last episode of the first season, The Girls of Nazarone Affair.

In the episode, which originally aired April 12, 1965, U.N.C.L.E. and the villainous organization Thrush are after a serum that greatly accelerates the healing process.

Thrush has gotten its hands on the serum and conducts a test, with women operatives firing automatic weapons into woman race car driver Nazarone. The latter survives and U.N.C.L.E. agents Solo and Kuryakin (Robert Vaughn and David McCallum) must plot a way to get the formula back. Meanwhile, the Thrush forces are led by Dr. Egret, a woman master of disguise in her second, and final, appearance in the series.

In the show, Southern California doubles for the South of France. Nazarone, whose behavior grows increasingly erratic, drives her race car onto the “Le Grand Prix” race circuit with the U.N.C.L.E. operatives in pursuit. The driving sequences take place on isolated roads.

It sounds Guy Ritchie, director of the new U.N.C.L.E. movie, starring Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer, plans something more elaborate. The Nazarone episode of the television show included Sharon Tate in the cast.

Shoutouts to @laneyboggs2001 on Twitter and the Henry Cavill News and HenryCavill.org Web sites.

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3 Responses

  1. But what if the episode they’re recalling is “The Petit Prix Affair”? :)

  2. We will pretend you didn’t say that. :-)

  3. 1960s race cars! I had thought that vintage auto racing would be an excellent sequence in a non-Daniel Craig Bond film. I’m thrilled that our men from UNCLE will have period correct motor racing! Vrrroooom!

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