These spies are better than Bond

Disappointed by the latest installment in the James Bond franchise? If so, we suggest you turn your attentions to The Man from U.N.C.L.E. — a fantastic TV show that Ian Fleming himself helped to create.

The series, which aired on NBC from 1964 through 1968, centers on two agents — the American Napoleon Solo (Robert Vaughn) and the Russian Illya Kuryakin (David McCallum) — who work for the imaginary United Network Command for Law Enforcement agency (i.e., U.N.C.L.E.). Their mission? To protect the world by thwarting their relentless archenemies at the Technological Hierarchy for the Removal of Undesirables and the Subjugation of Humanity (i.e., THRUSH). Yes, it’s high camp. But the charm that carried the show through 105 episodes is very much on display in this massive, lavishly packaged 49-disc retrospective — and if you keep your hand on the fast-forward button, you’ll see a parade of guest stars streak past, Joan Crawford, Janet Leigh, Jack Palance, and Boris Karloff among them.

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These spies are better than Bond