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- Print Length: 246 pages
- Publisher: DMP; 2 edition (13 Aug. 2015)
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B013XHH1U8
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Open Channel D: The Man From UNCLE Affair Kindle Edition
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Yes, Jon Heitland's book is the gold standard, and Dagomir Marquezi himself references it in his introduction.
It's a nice little UNCLE episode guide with a few observations and some critical commentary which you can agree or disagree with according to your own taste. As I recall, Heitland's episode guide gave a basic synopsis and a few credits. Marquezi also sketches the basic history of the programme; clearly anything more detailed would pale against Heitland's original book.
I'm glad it's on my Kindle - I think it's a welcome addition to the UNCLE story.
All of this is mentioned by Dagomir Marquezi in his text. He looks at the origins of the show via correspondence between Ian Fleming (yes that one) and the producer Norman Felton. How Fleming had to leave and the series was developed by Sam Rolfe as a sort of James Bond for television with the hero working for an international espionage organisation against one that consisted of super-criminals. It captures how the show, originally meant as vehicle for Robert Vaughn had to be changed because of the popularity of David McCallum's character which had originally been meant as a walk on role, and how this was key in the show's success. He also gives critical summaries of all the shows, including the spin off series, The Girl from UNCLE, as well as lists of actors and writers involved, for the early action-adventure days through to the third series when it descended into farce (some of which as the author states which was disrespectful to the originators and stars of the series), then how the show recovered some form before being cancelled mid season.
So far so good. Much of what is provided is good. There are some insights into what happened, and some useful lists. It also mentions the recent feature film based on the series with different actors. But so much more could have been made of all this. There is a useful bibliography at the back which includes Jon Heitland's still essential history of the series (see Man From U.N.C.L.E. Book: The Behind-the-Scenes Story of a Television Classic but the summaries of every programme sometimes fall short of detail, even for a brief summary, there is no looking at the UNCLE phenomenon which included books with the characters and merchandising. There are also a lot of typographical errors and even sentences which don't scan. Hence I can't give it a full ringing endorsement.
A reasonable summary of the the show, as far as it goes. But for definitive book go for Heitland.
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The Man from U.N.C.L.E. This is his first book in English. He breaks down
each (105 episodes in total) episode of the four seasons (by cast, crew,
acts of each episode, the affair and some interesting facts or trivia or
memory of the episode. He also breaks down the eight movies The 1983
The Return of the Man from U.N.C.L.E. The Fifteen Years Later Affair and
the new 2015 remake movie, and the spin-off The Girl from U.N.C.L.E (the
only season with 29 episodes), Then he gives the listing of every episode,
the main guest stars, writers, directors, and different places where the
affairs took place. Also has a Biblography. Must read. This book and
the Cool TV of the 1960's got me into The TV series (I had to buy the
first season!) Thanks! I enjoyed this book!
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