Greetings, Friends and Fiends.
Ye Olde Dragon here, once more this year, with sad news.
Word has come that the man who played the Ultra-Smooth Napoleon Solo – the original, titular MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. –Robert Vaughn– has passed away, aged 83. I have to say, this is another one that hurts. I grew up a big U.N.C.L.E. fan. My voice activation for my phone is, “Open Channel D”, which is how Solo and his fellow agents would initiate communications with HQ.
Aside from his duties as Solo, Mr. Vaughn appeared in quite a few Imagi-Movies, such as playing the title hero of Roger Corman‘s TEENAGE CAVEMAN (1958)…
and was also the villain of SUPERMAN III (1983).
In Corman‘s BATTLE BEYOND THE STARS (1980) Vaughn played Gelt, an assassin-for-hire looking for a quiet place to settle and leave his career behind him – almost identical to his character in THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN (1960).
Mr Vaughn also appeared as Napoleon Solo in surprise cameo appearances in the TV series, PLEASE DON’T EAT THE DAISIES on a 1966 episode and in Frank Tashlin‘s THE GLASS BOTTOM BOAT (1966) in a blink-and-you-miss-it double take by Paul Lynde, including a vamp from the U.N.C.L.E. theme.
Thank you, Mr Vaughn. Rest in peace.
Close Channel D.