THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E (1964 – 1968)

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Creator: Sam Rolfe.

Cast: Robert Vaughn, David McCallum, Leo G. Carroll .

Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin are the two agents of the United Network Command for Law Enforcement, who fight the enemies of peace. Specially those of THRUSH. The Man From UNCLE (United Network Command for Law and Enforcement premiered) in 1964 based on the popularity of the James Bond movies. Since I am a fan of the bond film so I decided to see that one on the reruns, and I loved it. The gadgets (pens that acted as a radio to phone back at headquarters;an automobile with a built in machine gun and seat ejector) and the headquarters of the United Network Command for Law and Enforcement which were secretly hidden in a  complex in New York. Do I love gadgets. Robert Vaughn was a gentleman and a charming secret agent. Napoleon Solo and his Russian counter part lliya played by David McCallum. The chemistry between  the two actors is there big time. But later on the series went from black and white to color and I think that people didn’t like it in color because the show’s rating was going down. I still love the series to this day.

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HUSTLE (2004 – 2012)

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Creators: Tony Jordan

Cast: Robert GlenisterRobert VaughnRob Jarvis

The story of a group of elite con artists, who pull off a complicated scam with several twists. Mickey (Adrien Lester) is the master plan. Albert (Robert Vaughn) is a veteran searching for potential victims and introducing them to the gang. Ash (Robert Glenister) comes up with the locations and equipments. Stacy (Jaimie Murray) uses her charms when it is needed. And then there is Danny (Marc Warren) who Mickey takes under his wing to who him the ropes.

Here is a series that is copied by the American as leverage but a little differently done. The british series however is the better one, it is well casted and well written. If I remember correctly there is only 6 episodes a season. When I first saw it I said to myself here is a great show about con artists. I loved the cons and the way they were going to con their victims. They even went to the U.S. later on in the season.

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