Do you remember the show 'The Girl from U.N.C.L.E.'?
This week, the Hollywood remake of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. hits the big screen, and by all reports it seems bubbly and period appropriate. Of course, it's a near impossible mission to replace Robert Vaughn. He'll always be our Napoleon Solo. Catch him while you can Sundays at 10PM | 9C on MeTV before he takes a break from chasing T.H.R.U.S.H. on August 31.
While the original series lasted just three and a half years, it was popular enough to spawn board games, toy weapons, comics, and a 1965 feature film, The Spy with My Face — not to mention another television series, The Girl from U.N.C.L.E.
The spin-off centered on U.N.C.L.E. agent April Dancer, played by Stefanie Powers. While the original show was certainly zippy and hip, Girl doubled down on the mod trends of the era. Unfortunately, the title character was far more "dancer" than "powers." She relied more on her charm and allure than her spy skills. A TV Guide cover story from the first week of 1967 explained the producers allocated "...roughly $1,000 an episode for stretch vinyl jackets and skirts, a bare-midriff harem-dancer outfit, miniskirts and the latest mod fashions from London's Carnaby Street."
Of course, it had a awesomely swinging soundtrack. Just check out that LP cover. The big baddie was "Mother Muffin" — Boris Karloff dressed in drag. It's a bubblegum mine of 1960s pop culture and style.
The latest Mission: Impossible movie features an incredible female secret agent. Let's hope this new U.N.C.L.E. is good enough to give costar Alicia Vikander a shot at updating The Girl.