|Robet Vaughn (left) and David McCallum in the '60s.|
David is totally unperturbed that neither he nor his former co-star Robert Vaughn, who played Napoleon Solo, was asked to appear in the new Man From U.N.C.L.E movie.
"It would have been more of a distraction than anything else," he told me. "I didn't know there was a movie coming out. Nobody said anything to me about it and I'd never heard of the two stars."
Then he adds jokingly: "I think it's outrageous someone else should be playing Illya Kuryakin. When you do something for many years you have a soft spot in your soul and it can be very easily bruised."
|David McCallum today|
"And I've completely fallen in love with Alicia Vikander!"
Unsurprisingly Guy Ritchie's film makes full use of all the technology available to today's filmmakers. But when the original series was made (it ran from 1964-68)
none of those techniques had been invented. "It didn't have computer graphics because they didn't exist," says David. "I remember being out int he hills in an open-top Austin Healey with the sound equipment on my lap and a microphone in my hand. Robert drove and he had a switch for a camera that was strapped to the car's hood. We switched the camera on and off we went."