Monday, 3 May 2010

One Spy Too Many (1966)

When I was a kid I used to love The Man from U.N.C.L.E., and I saw one of the movies today in all its cheesy sixties-style spy kitsch glory.  Robert Vaughn and David McCullum star as Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin, who work for U.N.C.L.E. (United Network Command for Law and Enforcement) imder the supervision of Alexander Waverley (Leo G Caroll).  The plot is typically ridiculous - a self-styled modern-day Alexander the Great (played by the oddly-named Rip Torn) has stolen some gas from the US Army (who being good chaps are trying to prove that biological warfare can be a good thing!).  He plans to use this gas for a political coup, while along the way he decides to break each of the ten commandments in a specific way.

His ex-wife Tracey (Dorothy Provine) is trying to get a settlement out of him for a cool million dollars - so it's innevitable that her path will cross that of Napoleon.  It's all hokum of course, but it's also great fun. I seem to remember the TV series as being more fun than the films - perhaps because the scripts weren't really strong enough for feature-length productions - but One Spy Too Many was enjoyable nonsense nonetheless.

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