‘ONE SPY TOO MANY’
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‘One Spy Too Many’ is the second film in the 3-disc DVD set of ‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E.’ movies, although technically it is the third in the eight film series in the 1960s. The film was released in 1966.
The film was directed by Joseph Sargent. ‘One Spy Too Many’ is essentially a feature-length movie version of the two-part Season 2 opener, ‘Alexander the Greater Affair’, from the original TV series.
The difference between the TV version and the movie version of this story is that the movie has a subplot featuring Yvonne Craig as Maude Waverly. The TV version never featured Yvonne Craig in it.
It was a delight to see Yvonne Craig in this ‘U.N.C.L.E.’ film. I’ve seen her before in the ‘Star Trek’ episode ‘Whom Gods Destroy’ and she’s well-known for playing Batgirl in the ‘Batman’ 60s TV show.
In this ‘U.N.C.L.E.’ film, Yvonne Craig is playing an U.N.C.L.E. operative who has this flirtatious relationship with Robert Vaughn’s character of Napoleon Solo. Her identity isn’t revealed until the end.
In this film, a megalomaniac billionaire named Mr. Alexander steals a chemical weapon from a military base. Alexander has this master plan for world domination and our heroes have to stop him.
Robert Vaughn returns to heroic, action form as Napoleon Solo. As well as the charm and elegance to Napoleon Solo, I also like how Robert Vaughn adds humour in being flippant towards his enemies.
During the film, Napoleon does have tense moments of peril especially when he’s about to be cut in half by a gigantic scimitar blade. But thankfully he manages to get out of peril and rescues the world.
David McCallum returns as Illya Kuryakin. I just discovered that David McCallum is a Scottish actor playing a Russian character in the ‘U.N.C.L.E.’ series. There’s also a reference to him and the Balkans.
Kuryakin has a hard time of it in this movie, especially when being attacked by farm tractors; getting covered in mud and almost about to be mummified. He also may have a fling with Tracey Alexander.
Rip Torn stars as the villainous Alexander in the film. Alexander has these obsessive aspirations to be like Alexander the Great. He also intends to conquer the world by breaking the Ten Commandments.
Dorothy Provine stars as Tracey Alexander, the ex-wife of our villain in this film. Tracey seems a little dim-witted and full of herself, but she seems to be a willing ally to our two heroes for her own ends.
Leo G. Carroll returns as Alexander Waverly, the man in charge of U.N.C.L.E. So far in these films, Waverly hasn’t had a huge amount to do. He mainly gives our two heroes the missions to complete.
David Opatoshu stars as Mr. Kavon in the film. David Opatoshu was also in the ‘Star Trek’ episode, ‘A Taste of Armageddon’. He seems to be an academic helping our heroes first before he betrays them.
The film also features David Sheiner as Parviz; James Hong as Prince Phanong and Donna Michelle as sexy Princess Nicole. There’s also Leon Lontoc as General Phouma and Cal Bolder as Ingo Lindstrum.
Everything gets exciting in the film especially when Solo, Kuryakin and Tracey are being tortured by the villains. It also gets exciting during the climax where our heroes have to stop Alexander’s villainy.
‘One Spy Too Many’ is a pretty good film. I enjoyed it more than ‘The Spy With My Face’. It has a very engaging plot and characters you can enjoy watching. But does it match well to the TV version?
‘One Spy Too Many’ rating – 8/10
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