One of Our Spies is Missing (1966)

Article 3407 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 10-31-2010
Posting Date: 12-12-2010
Directed by E. Darrell Hallenbeck
Featuring Robert Vaughn, David McCallum, Leo G. Carroll
Country: USA
What it is: Feature made from a two-episode story of “The Man from UNCLE”

Napoleon Solo and Ilya Kuryakin investigate reports of older men regaining their youth, and find that THRUSH agents are also on the same trail.

Whoever titled these movies culled from episodes of “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” should have picked plot elements that actually play a major role in the story; this has about as much to do with missing spies as THE HELICOPTER SPIES had to do with helicopters. I’d say this was one of the weaker movies from the series; it’s culled from the two episodes of “The Bridge of Lyons Affair”, and it feels pretty lightweight for the series, though the existence of a process to restore youth gives it a significant amount of science fiction content. Maybe I’m just a sucker for character actors, but I think the best moments involve Mr. Waverly; when he leaves his office and takes an active part in the proceedings, the story brightens up considerably. Still, that’s not until the last fifteen minutes or so. The cast also features Maurice Evans, Vera Miles, and, in a small role, James Doohan.


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