The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015 film)
|Name:||The Man from U.N.C.L.E.|
|Creator:||Guy Ritchie, Lionel Wingram|
|Date(s):||released August 14, 2015|
|Country of Origin:||USA|
|External Links:||IMDb, Wiki|
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The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is a 2015 American spy/action-comedy film directed by Guy Ritchie and written by Ritchie and Lionel Wigram, a loosely based adaptation of the 1964 TV series The Man From U.N.C.L.E.. It stars Armie Hammer as Illya Kuryakin, Henry Cavill as Napoleon Solo, Alicia Vikander as Gaby Teller, Hugh Grant as Alexander Waverly and Elizabeth Debicki as Victoria Vinciguerra.
In 1963, professional thief-turned CIA agent Napoleon Solo extracts Gaby Teller, daughter of Dr. Udo Teller, an alleged Nazi scientist-turned United States collaborator at the end of World War II, from East Berlin, evading KGB operative Illya Kuryakin. His superior reveals that Gaby's uncle Rudi works in a shipping company owned by Alexander and Victoria Vinciguerra, a wealthy Nazi sympathizing couple who intend to use her father to build their own private nuclear weapon and give it to lingering Nazi elements. The CIA and KGB have reluctantly teamed up, ordering Solo and Kuryakin to stop the Vinciguerras from succeeding. Both men secretly assigned to steal Udo Teller's research for their respective governments.
The three travel to Rome, where Gaby and Kuryakin are forced to pose as an engaged couple, while Solo pretends to be an antiquities dealer. He deduces they are being monitored and instructs Kuryakin not to defend himself from muggers so as to preserve this cover. Despite their hostilities towards each other, Kuryakin heeds his advice and does not react when his father’s prized watch is stolen. Later, at an auto racing event promoted by the Vinciguerras, Solo and Gaby flirt with Victoria and Alexander in order to lure out information about Teller. Kuryakin acquires evidence the Vinciguerras were recently exposed to radiation, indicating that their weapon is near completion.
Begrudgingly, Solo and Kuryakin join forces to break into a Vinciguerra shipping yard, where they find traces of uranium. During an ensuing scuffle with the guards after accidentally setting of an alarm, Kuryakin nearly drowns in the waters but Solo escapes, only to surprise himself by returning to save Kuryakin. Gaby meets with Rudi and Alexander to discuss a job, but unexpectedly betrays Kuryakin and Solo to them. Solo is drugged and captured by Victoria and taken to a nearby warehouse to be tortured in an electric chair by Rudi, who is revealed as an infamous Nazi torturer. Solo is saved by Kuryakin, who straps Rudi into the electric chair, in order to intimidate him into talking. Rudi reveals that the weapon is hidden in an island fortress, where Gaby has been reunited with her father, which is where Solo and Kuryakin head off to. To protect Gaby, Dr. Teller pretends to resume work on the weapon, which has a tracking system left over from when the warhead was non-nuclear, so that a second missile can home in on it for added impact, but although Gaby attempts to help her father escape and sabotage the warhead Victoria quickly sees through this deception, and has Alexander imprison Gaby, as an extra incentive for Dr. Teller. Teller quickly adds the finishing touches to the bomb, but is then shot in the head by Victoria as soon as he does.
Solo and Kuryakin are approached by Alexander Waverly, a high-ranking MI6 operative who reveals that Gaby is an undercover agent under his employment, and he helps Solo and Kuryakin infiltrate the Vinciguerras’ compound. Alexander attempts to escape with Gaby and the warhead, but is intercepted and killed. Solo secretly retrieves the disc with Teller’s research, but the warhead Vinciguerra was taking with him was the non-nuclear secondary missile, allowing Victoria to leave undetected on another boat with the real warhead. Solo is able to contact Victoria via radio and keep her on the line long enough for Waverly to locate her and launch the homing missile, destroying the nuclear weapon and the boat.
Kuryakin confronts Solo in his hotel room, intending to kill him and steal the disc for the Soviet Union, but changes his mind when Solo produces Kuryakin's father’s stolen watch, which he had retrieved. The two choose to burn the contents of the disk, so as to not give either of their countries the upper hand in the arms race. They then reunite with Gaby and Waverly, who reveals that the trio has been reassigned to a new international organization under his command.
- Illya Kuryakin: the youngest to ever join the KGB. A short-tempered, violent and volatile assassin traumatized by the past of his parents.
- Napoleon Solo: a former World War II soldier, war profiteer, and art thief. After being prosecuted for his crimes he is given a fifteen-year prison sentence, later recruited by the CIA in exchange for his freedom.
- Gaby Teller: an East Berlin mechanic, who has been pulled into a spy scheme to find her nuclear scientist father.
- Victoria Vinciguerra
- Alexander Waverly
Despite its minimalist cast, U.N.C.L.E boasts several pairings, including slash, femslash, het and poly ships. Popular ships are Napoleon/Illya, Illya/Gaby, Napoleon/Illya/Gaby and Napoleon/Original Character.
- Napoleon/Illya (2015 film)
Archives & Fannish Links
- The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015) works at AO3
- Man From U.N.C.L.E. & crossover works at FFN
- Dreamwidth kinkmeme and and Tumblr page
- TMFU Daily
- The Trip From UNCLE a blog dedicated to Solo, Illya and Gaby