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    Return of the Man from U.N.C.L.E.: The Fifteen-Years-Later Affair is a 1983 American made-for-television action-adventure film based on the 1964–1968 television series The Man from U.N.C.L.E. starring Robert Vaughn and David McCallum reprising the roles they had originated on that program. Several of the crew from the series also worked on the film, which was produced by Viacom rather than Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Leo G. Carroll had died in 1972, so Patrick Macnee was recruited to appear as an entirely different character, Sir John Raleigh, who had presumably taken over as Number 1 of Section I, the Director of U.N.C.L.E., after Alexander Waverly had died, and Carroll's photograph was displayed prominently in many scenes that featured Macnee's Sir John

    George Lazenby's cameo appearance as 'J.B.' – driving an Aston Martin and complete with an On Her Majesty's Secret Service name check – made 1983 the year of three Bonds, with the 'battle' at the box office between Roger Moore's sixth outing (Octopussy) and Sean Connery's return to the role after 12 years (in Never Say Never Again).






     
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    I really want to see this one again. I recall it wasn't particularly well reviewed when it aired, but from what I remember of it, it was fun--and still way better than that awful recent theatrical version.
     
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    O.K. Connery is a 1967 Italian spaghetti spy film shot in Technicolor and Techniscope directed by Alberto De Martino.

    The Spy-Fi plot involves the brother of the British spy James Bond, played by Neil Connery (the actual brother of the official franchise's star Sean) who is obliged to take the lead in foiling a world-domination plot.

    The film's cast included several actors from the official James Bond film series, Thunderball's Adolfo Celi, From Russia with Love's Daniela Bianchi, Dr. No's Anthony Dawson, the official M Bernard Lee and Moneypenny Lois Maxwell as well as the producer's wife Agata Flori, Gina Lollobrigida's cousin Guido Lollobrigida and Yasuko Yama (aka Yee-Wah Young[4] and Yee-Wah Yang) then in the publicity spotlight due to her relationship with James Mason.

    She appeared as a bath girl in You Only Live Twice under the name Yee-Wah Yang.

    The film received generally negative reviews from the New York Times, Variety and the Monthly Film Bulletin with the latter two reviews noting that the film could leave audiences with unintentional laughter at its ineptitude.

    The film was featured on the film-mocking television series Mystery Science Theater 3000 in 1993.



     
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    Fan theory: Is Sean Connery's The Rock a secret James Bond sequel?
    Here's where 007s go when they retire.

    http://www.digitalspy.com/movies/ja...onnery-the-rock-james-bond-sequel-fan-theory/


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    The fan theory claims Sean Connery's former British secret service agent Captain John Patrick Mason is actually 007.

    Connery reportedly once joked that he loved how The Rock gave him a final chance to play James Bond again. But could his comments have been more literal than anyone realised?







     
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    I like to think that this theory can stand as canon.

    Am happy to believe that Sean did yet one more BOND film. :emoji_alien:
     
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    Spy Hard is a 1996 American spy comedy film parody starring Leslie Nielsen and Nicollette Sheridan, parodying James Bond movies and other action films. The introduction to the movie is sung by comedy artist "Weird Al" Yankovic. It was the first film to be written by Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer. The film's title is a pun of Die Hard. The film was directed by Rick Friedberg and produced by Doug Draizin and Jeffrey Konvitz.

    The film was released by Buena Vista Pictures on May 24, 1996, receiving generally negative reviews from critics. While many praised Nielsen's acting and its humor, most found the script, story and its direction disappointing. The film eventually grossed $26 million against a production budget of $18 million.







    Title sequence
    "Weird Al" Yankovic sings the title song and directed the title sequence. It is a parody of title sequences from the James Bond films designed by Maurice Binder, specifically 1965's Thunderball, complete with multiple colored backgrounds, silhouetted figures, women dancing with guns, and "wavy" text. Additionally, an urban legend states that during the recording of the theme to Thunderball, Tom Jones held the song's final note long enough to pass out. Yankovic holds it so long that his head explodes. Originally, Yankovic had planned to loop the note to the required length, but in the studio, he discovered he was able to hold the note long enough that no looping was required.[2] The sequence was later included on "Weird Al" Yankovic: The Ultimate Video Collection, although, for legal reasons, all credits and titles had to be taken out, excluding that of the film and of Yankovic himself.



     

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