Armie Hammer does a (short) U.N.C.L.E. review

Armie Hammer with U.N.C.L.E. movie director Guy Ritchie in 2013

Armie Hammer with U.N.C.L.E. movie director Guy Ritchie in 2013

Laney Boggs on Twitter pointed this out

Armie Hammer, who plays Illya Kuryakin in the upcoming movie version of The Man From U.N.C.L.E., did some brief reviews of the original 1964-68 series in a short article ON USA TODAY’S WEBSITE.

Here’s an excerpt:

When we talked with the Lone Ranger star for our 2015 movie preview, Hammer told us that he grew up with Bond movies and other secret-agent stuff but had never watched U.N.C.L.E. until he was cast in the upcoming Guy Ritchie-directed movie based on the old series: Hammer plays KGB dude Illya Kuryakin opposite Henry Cavill’s CIA man Napoleon Solo — the roles played by David McCallum and Robert Vaughn respectively in the original show.

Hammer ended up sharing his thoughts on the show

For example, of the first season, Hammer says, “In the first one that was black and white, it felt like they were getting their bearings, figuring out the show, figuring out the tone.” The actor says he liked the second season the best.

In the article, Hammer only comments on the first three season, doesn’t address the final season, which took on a much more serious tone that the overly light third season.

Henry Cavill, meanwhile, has said previously he did not watch any of the 105 episodes of the original series.

In the original show, U.N.C.L.E. had been established for some time and Solo and Kuryakin had worked for the international organization for several years. The movie, coming out in August, is an “origin” story and U.N.C.L.E. hasn’t been formed yet

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2 Responses

  1. if the new u.n.c.l.e. film is a origin story, and the u.n.c.l.e agency
    hasn’t been formed yet, is the origin story factual in accordance
    with the beginning of the original show ? or is the origin story made-up
    just for the film.?
    however it’s good to know that, armie hammer had reviewed some of
    the original tv episode’s which even if his version of agent kuryakin
    is different, atleast he’ll have an idea of the origin of the character
    he’s playing.

  2. The origin of U.N.C.L.E. in the movie was devised for the film and is different than the series. In the show, both Solo and Kuryakin joined U.N.C.L.E. in the 1950s, so it had been established sometime before that. In the film, there is no U.N.C.L.E. in the early ’60s when the movie starts.

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