Prince Sirki Closes Channel D

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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.

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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)

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and was also the villain of SUPERMAN III (1983).

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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).

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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.

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