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Return of the Man from U.N.C.L.E.: The Fifteen Years Later Affair
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Studio: Paramount Home Video Release Date: 03/03/2009 Run time: 96 minutes

Open Channel D! We're gonna party like it's 1964, when global espionage, secret agents, and evil masterminds bent on holding the world to multi-million dollar ransoms were all the rage. This 1983 reunion film recaptures some of The Man From U.N.C.L.E.'s vintage "cloak and swagger," but it also has some sly fun setting these Cold War-era spies loose in a contemporary world that could use their urbanity and a sense of style. Things are different since suave Napoleon Solo (Robert Vaughn) and cool Ilya Kuryakin (David McCallum) retired. Del Floria's Tailor Shop, the former headquarters of the United Network Command for Law and Enforcement, is now just a tailor shop. Alexander Waverly (the late Leo G. Carroll), who ran the covert operation, has passed on, replaced by Sir John Raleigh (Patrick Macnee of The Avengers, ironically, the rival show whose popularity played a part in The Man From U.N.C.L.E.'s cancellation in 1968). But some things never change. THRUSH has hijacked a nuclear device and threatens to detonate it somewhere in the United States unless Solo himself delivers the demanded $350 million of ransom. From the moment Ilya leaps in to the fray to help his old partner and friend in a bar fight, it's just like old times, except that Solo is a little rusty, and U.N.C.L.E.'s hotshot young agents are a little less than impressed. But he can still teach them a few tricks. The pleasure of seeing Vaughn and McCallum back in action is tempered a bit by campy moments that echo the series' unfortunate third season. During a car chase, Solo gets some assistance from one-Bond wonder George Lazenby, who cameos as a dapper-looking man in an Aston Martin with the personalized license plate "JB." But that is the most grievous offense in an otherwise entertaining adventure that will give U.N.C.L.E. fans many happy returns. --Donald Liebenson

Customer Reviews:

  • Say U.N.C.L.E Redeux
    advertisementNigel Pennington-Smythe: You must be an old hand at this.
    Napoleon Solo: Actually, I'm new at this... again.

    The Fifteen Years Later Affair is a cute TV movie with Most of the original cast( Leo G Carroll has passed away). The Problem is both agents retired and pressed back into service so quickly, its laughable. Most of this popcoen movie seem so overstaged, but in some ways it acts like the old U.N.C.L.E. series episode. The original The Man from U.N.C.L.E. - The Complete Series is a keeper for fans of the series..this TV movie is a nice footnote to that box set

    the plot is simple formula. An old enemy(Anthony Zerbe) escapes from prison requested Napoleon Solo to deliver the ransom. It is a cute reunion movie beinging back our ..and that is all you need to think of it as. It is a get together of our two spy leads and a nice way to bring them back together.

    Patrick Mcnee (John Steed from the Avengers) play the new head of UNCLE. Calling his Sir John is a humorous nod to the Avengers and the spy genre.

    And to further make a cuter touch....There is a cameo by George Lazenby (On Her Majesty's Secret Service) as JB, who drives an Aston MartinDB5 and a hint of the Bond theme in the background music. It is too much for cuteness, but it is a tip of the hat to Ian Fleming who help create Solo (UNCLE Pilot) for TV.

    Its a fun TV film finally on DVD, For UNCLE Fans and TV lovers, This film is for you

    Bennet Pomerantz AUDIOWORLD ...more info
  • Return of the Man from U.N.C.L.E.
    It was fun watching a series I grew up with where the good guys never miss and the bad guys can't shoot straight....more info
  • Lots of fun! Excellent Reunion movie!
    I still have the VHS tape recording that I made when this originally aired back in the early 80's. Finally, a QUALITY DVD transfer that will allow me to retire my old VHS!

    In my opinion, this is one of the most FUN and enjoyable reunion movies ever made. It's obvious that Robert Vaughn and David McCallum are having a lot of fun reprising the roles that defined their careers. And what a classy choice as the new head of U.N.C.L.E, non other than "John Steed" himself, Patrick McNee (The AVengers)! The first 15 minutes are a total blast, and even includes a special cameo from James Bond himself (George Lazenby)!

    There are fans of the original series that tend to rate this effort lower than I do. However, I honestly cannot think of a better reunion than this. It was the perfect time to do it, includes great guest stars, has an excellent updated theme song, and is well written and directed! In my opinion, it's actually better than MANY of the original epsiodes!

    Grab it while you can!
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  • The Fifteen Years Later Affair
    In true The Man from U.N.C.L.E fashion "The Fifteen Years Later Affair," delivers the spy game with wit, fashion, and fun. A must for a true The Man from U.N.C.L.E. fan.
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  • fifteen years later.....and not a moment too soon!
    High on nostalgia,Vaughn and McCallum slip easily back as Solo and Kuryakin as if no time has passed .The script slips a little but you can be prepared to forgive the flaws.
    The only low note is the very poor trailer which should have dropped.
    Perfomances are thankfully good,Anthony Zerbe,Patrick McNee and Gayle Hunnicutt raise the standard
    generally.
    In all a reunion to be enjoyed not minuetly critisied....more info
  • Better late than never.
    Strictly for fun. Could have been titled The End of the Affairs, a Chance to Say Goodbye....more info
  • Return of the Man from U.N.C.L.E. The 15 years later Affair
    It was cool to see "the men" after 15 years and to relive all the cool gadgets and situations that they get themselves into trying to rid the world of Thrush. The plot behind the story was similar to the series. I was interest to see how the guys aged after 15 years and how well they performed after being apart for so long. Being a U.N.C.L.E. fan, I enjoyed it as it turned out to be exactly like one of the stories in the saga....more info