Robert Vaughn tells fans he’s not in the U.N.C.L.E. movie

Robert Vaughn during fan appearance. (Uncle Agents photo by Nancy Battaglia Frankmano, used with permission)

Robert Vaughn during fan appearance. (Uncle Agents photo by Nancy Battaglia Frankmano, used with permission)

Robert Vaughn told fans during an appearance at the Dean Martin Expo in New York that he was never approached about doing a cameo in The Man From U.N.C.L.E. movie, according to a post on the UNCLE AGENTS PAGE ON FACEBOOK.

Vaughn, 81, met fans as part of a “meet and greet” organized in connection with the convention. Here’s the text of an Uncle Agents post:

He was asked if Warner Bros. or the Producers of the NEW Man from U.N.C.L.E. film contacted him to be in it. “No,” was his answer. There were some gasps from the crowd. He told us that, no one ever approached him about being in the film, and that he was only working about a block from the shoot.

According to another post on the site, Vaughn joked about the kind of cameo he’d have wanted to do. “I would have wanted to be the guy pressing the clothes.”

Vaughn played Napoleon Solo in the 1964-68 television series, a role that Henry Cavill had for the movie. Previously, Vaughn’s co-star, David McCallum, said he wouldn’t appear in the movie either. His role of Illya Kuryakin was played by Armie Hammer in the film.

Principal photography on the movie ran from early September to early December 2013. The production was based at Warner Bros.’ U.K. studio. Meanwhile, Vaughn was in the U.K. for a stage production of Twelve Angry Men. For those unfamiliar with the original series, one of the entrances to U.N.C.L.E. headquarters was through Del Floria’s tailor shop.

The movie, which has an “origin of U.N.C.L.E.” plot line, will be released in the U.S. in January 2015.



14 Responses

  1. He should have played Mr Waverly.

  2. Very sad. This is as bad as leaving Barbara Feldon out of the Get Smart movie.

  3. @John: Not once, but twice. Barbara Feldon was left out of both The Nude Bomb (1980) and the 2008 Get Smart movie.

  4. Because of this I don’t plan on seeing this film at the theater. Redboxed.

  5. Does anyone know what gun he is holding in the picture? Are there any more pictures of it?

  6. Brad, it is one of the toy replicas of the UNCLE Special.

  7. Thanks Jenny. I thought that was probably what it was, based on the buttplate, but that was all I had to go on. Is there a picture of that scene from a different angle?

  8. [“Because of this I don’t plan on seeing this film at the theater. Redboxed.”]

    Although I’m disappointed that Vaughn will not make an appearance in the movie, I still plan to see it.

  9. I wanted to go see the movie but I love David McCallum I thot he was going to be in it doing Mr Waverly’s job. But now I read he is not to be in the movie either. This disappoints me a lot. And Robert Vaughn should have been in the movie too These two made The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

  10. I agree totally. it’s so sad and disappointing that two legendary icon’s of TV’s most popular show from the sixties era. wasn’t even asked to make a cameo appearence

  11. Robert Vaughn and David McCallum made a full length Man from Uncle ‘reunion’ movie, I believe, in the 1970s. These interviews and commentaries don’t seem to mention that.

  12. @Antony: It was 1983, The Return of The Man From UNCLE. Plenty of UNCLE-related posts on this blog refer to it.

  13. I did not even know this jeepers and i bet more people including me would have gone to see the movie. I did not go to see this recent MAN FROM UNCLE COS as far as i am concerned DAVID MCCALLUM AND ROBERT VAUGHN were U.N.C.L.E.
    I appreciate this update thank you

  14. Having missed most of the 2015 movie conversation, just noticed this thread because it’s linked to something current. Vaughn’s idea of doing a cameo as Del Floria would’ve been vintage MFU tongue-in-cheek!! A fun “nod” to the series before his death. However McCallum didn’t seem interested in the movie and one without the other wouldn’t have been right.

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