With the Bond series firmly committed to reinventing 007’s mythos in a contemporary setting, Guy Ritchie is going back to where our fascination with spycraft began—the ‘60s, when the coolest spy on the small screen was The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
Henry Cavill looks cool, calm and collected as American agent Napoleon Solo, a role originated by Robert Vaughn. In the film, Solo is forced to team up with KGB agent Illya Kuryakin (Armie Hammer) on behalf of the United Network Command for Law and Enforcement. A criminal organization (unnamed here, but probably THRUSH, the baddies from the original) has a loose nuke, and, being secret agents and all, it’s up to our heroes to stop it.
There’s nothing new here, but at the same time, who needs new when you’ve got all the classic spy-movie accouterments: gunfights, fistfights, speedboats, quips, various femmes fatale (Alicia Vikander and Elizabeth Debicki), and loads of swinging ’60s style. Jared Harris and Hugh Grant are also on board as Solo’s superiors. With that kind of casting, your enjoyment will probably hinge on whether you love or hate Ritchie’s flashy style.