Here is an article from a place called Television Obscurities in which The Girl from UNCLE is reviewed. It includes a comment from David McCallum on the series and the reviews at the time it aired.
The Girl from UNCLE @ Television Obscurities
Friends, Russians, countrymen
He ran into him on his way to meet Napoleon, who was waiting in the car down in the garage. The tall Englishman was coming out of the elevator.
“Illya, my old mucker! Good to see you again. You haven’t changed a bit. How are you?”
“Very well, thank you,” Illya replied coolly. “How are you, Mark?”
“Extremely well, and raring to go.” Mark said, and continued, chattily, “I heard you were here, of course. Never would have thought we’d end up on the same side, eh?”
That all-too familiar, breezy bonhomie of the privately-educated English male, speaking in the cut-glass accents of the upper-classes, with their implicit put-down of lesser mortals – or serfs, in his case. His old mucker, indeed. He knew what that odd expression meant now. A place at Cambridge didn’t make you equal, they made sure of that.
“No,” he replied. “It must be strange to find that even Russians take any kind of moral view of the world.”
“I didn’t mean...” said Mark awkwardly, “don’t be like that, Illya … you know how it was at Cambridge… Secret Service recruiters and all that.”
“Yes. I do know.”
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As the sun set, red and gold streaking out across the sky, two men, footsore and weary, were tramping up a hill, tripping over tree roots and hillocks in the gathering darkness.
“Napoleon, I thought you said this was a shortcut?”
“So did I. I think we’re lost.”
Illya rolled his eyes.
“Napoleon, if we keep stumbling on in the dark we will get even more lost. Why do we not find somewhere sheltered and wait for the sun to return?”
“What if THRUSH find us?”
“Even we do not know where we are, how will anyone else find us?”
Today's prompt for What If? goes like this...
What if Mister Waverly was actually a Madame Waverly? How different would the administration of this powerful agency look if under the guidance of a woman. She will, of course, have the same splendid resume as the man we normally see in the big office, with experiences in wartime as well as ... well, you tell me.
And how does it affect the agents? Does it take so long to have a female agent under the leadership of a woman?
So many angles, so many questions to be answered.
I hope you have some.
Stories post September 28-October 1. Gen, minimum 500 words.
The thug was drawing his arm back to punch Illya, when he unexpectedly found himself lying on his back, with a heavily bleeding nose. Illya glared down at him.
“Next time, I suggest you accept the replacement drink when it is offered.”
This story is intended as a follow-on to my story “A Long Time In Coming”, from my Katiya series.
He remembered the wire.
He still dreamed about the wire, almost every night. Barbed wire fences used to keep in people as well as animals. The animals knew no better, of course. They had no idea what was coming, but the people knew very well what was in store once they found themselves on the wrong side of the barbed wire fences.
Some tried to climb the wire, but the soldiers had made sure it was high enough and sharp enough to make it impossible to climb over. Always the guards were there. Always they were spotted. Those who had climbed too high to return to the ground quickly were shot down. No one ever escaped over the wire. Those who survived the attempt were punished severely. No one ever tried a second time.
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This is the prompt with stories due for today. (If you can't post today that's okay, better late than never!)
The prompt for today:
RULES of the Challenge HERE
Title: There You'll Be
Author: Rose of Pollux
Word Count: ~860
Summary: Even the best agent can be haunted by nightmares; fortunately, he has a partner that can help.
Gen version is available at my DreamWidth
I suppose if the series were set in modern day circumstances then it wouldn't be a Russian at Solo's side, rather someone of Middle Eastern heritage.
Go back a few years and we might have an Irish agent coming out of the 'troubles' in Nothern Ireland to help keep peace in the world. History affords many opportunities to pull a hero from out of the rubble of hatred and violence, and MFU gives us the platform for creating solutions to the chaos.
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. television series was a ploy to help set our vision in alignment with a search for peaceful co-existence. But the scales don't tend to even out, the pleas for peace seldom outweigh the efforts to quash all hope of it.
We can't give up though.
There are things that I personally believe are driving humanity, but I will continue to hope and pray that lives are spared and cultures survive in spite of the efforts to extinguish enemies of radical elements in our world. Here in America, the day will honor those lost to the horrific events of September 11, 2001. Like most acts of terrorism, the victims are not soldiers nor are they responsible for initiating any violence against the pepetrators of this act of war.
Some will say that these soldiers of radical Islam are sincere believers; I say that are sincerely deceived. That is not an excuse, their humanity has been compromised by believing a lie and yielding to something within them that crave the bloodshed of innocents.
Many evils have been done in the name of gods whose motives remain shrouded in mystery. Man creates the lies surrounding a dogma or doctrine that supports the atrocities they perform. Each of us will have an idea of where those ideas originate, I know I have mine. Whatever the origin, the world must continue to stand against the evil of this radicalized element whose only quest is for the destruction of all who are outside of their very limited sphere of beliefs.
This band of criminals has targeted the entire world for extinction, so pray for peace; it is more powerful than the sword.
Appearances can be very misleading
“Mr Kuryakin is very late,” said the Old Man sternly, looking up at his delinquent agent’s partner.
“Yes, I can’t understand it sir,” said Napoleon. “He was all right last night when he went home – said he had a date.”
“A date? Mr Kuryakin?”
“Even he sometimes likes to have fun.”
Waverley snorted. “I’ll soon give him fun,” he said, and picked up his microphone.
There was no response. “Having fun, with his communicator switched off. Against all the rules,” and he snorted again. “Go and find him.”( Read more... )
The prompts for next week's stories are a little weird, but I'm sure they'll inspire someone. You'll find them, along with the challenge rules, down below the cut.
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Two of my favorites from the Tigers Are Coming Affair. IK spends the entire second half in this deliciously sheer white shirt, it makes the episode worthwhile in spite of the strange vibes we get between him and the soon to be ex-Mrs. McCallum
Personally, I think Illya as a designer works, in part because he played the part or faked the part a few times in the series. The idea that he didn't know how to dress has always been a puzzle to me because his suits are as nice as Napoleon's, and the all black merely reflects the time and culture (turtlenecks especially). Otherwise, he can be seen in some very nice clothing throughout the series.
So, now I get to the heart of the matter: Illya's wardrobe.
I stand by my observation that he is a well dressed individual who charms us whether he's in a well tailored suit, a burgunday mohair jack (quite the thing in the 60's), or the iconic black turtleneck. Heck, even a white shirt with that leather holster is enough to make some of us sigh. Of course this doesn't include the frequent appearances in his boxers, but that's another post entirely. We'll have to review Napoleon's wardrobe another time. Next week it's MFU in a tuxedo.
Here is my Sunday Pictorial...
Obvious, right? White shirt, holster... exposed neck... THUD!
( Illya's closet... )