Thursday, June 7, 2018

Reel Infatuation: Napoleon Solo: I Discover My Type

This is my contribution to the Reel Infatuation Blogathon hosted by Font and Frock and Silver Screenings. Click HERE for more revelations of the heart.

Gaga for this spy

When it came to the Beatles, I was a John girl, never a Paul girl. What can I say - I liked the bad boys.
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So, when it came to The Man From U.N.C.L.E., must watch TV on Tuesday (or Monday)nights, I was firmly on Team Solo, never Team Kuryakin.

Team Solo or Team Kuryakin. Both played for team U.N.C.L.E.
 (United Network Command for Law Enforcement)
Ah, Napoleon Solo. So suave, so charming, so hot in a tux. While Ilya preferred the 60s style turtleneck, Napoleon went formal. He was a ladies man, a sophisticated rogue. He drove fancy cars and got the job done. Ilya was cool, Russian and a bit too sober for my tastes. The girls loved him (he was known as "the blonde Beatle"), but Mr. Solo got me off looking at pictures of horses and propelled me into my first bona fide crush on an unobtainable star.


Once a week for 105 episodes from 1964 - 1968 season, I grooved to the man. And, as if that was not enough (it wasn't) I made sure I scooped up as many movie/TV star magazines as possible. Robert Vaughn WAS Napoleon Solo. No separation there in my mind.

I wrote fan letters (never mailed). I remained true. And then I saw this:


Okay, so I have a type. What can I say? Napoleon faded, but never really disappeared. I still think he's pretty neat and I'm still on team Solo. Napoleon, not Hans, that is.



14 comments:

Caftan Woman said...

H'm. My mom was a Solo girl. That's about the only thing I recall about the show. Except that I could get where my mom was coming from.

Patricia Gallagher said...

OMG. We are separated at birth twins. Napoleon was my guy. Always and forever!!

Inge Gregusch said...

Make that triplets: Marsha, Patricia and me. Napoleon and John Lennon! Terrific as always, Marsha!

FlickChick said...

CW - I think you would have preferred him if he rode a horse and had a big hat?

FlickChick said...

Patricia - hey, sis - good taste is genetic!

FlickChick said...

Inge - I knew we had a lot in common!

Silver Screenings said...

I'm not familiar with The Man From U.N.C.L.E., but I know that you have great taste. If you're on team Napoleon Solo, then I think I will be, too. I'm off to see if any episodes are on YouTube.

Thanks for joining the blogathon! We don't have too many handsome television men this year, so Robert Vaughn is a welcome addition. :)

Brittaney said...

Who can resist a man in a suit?? I blame Cary Grant entirely for my obsession with well dressed men. Plus, there is something to be said for tall, dark, sexy and dangerous. Although, I prefer Kuryakin in the newest iteration of The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

FlickChick said...

Thanks for co-hosting, Silver Screenings. This post brought back many happy memories.

FlickChick said...

Brittaney - you're right about Cary. The new UNCLE film does present a dreamier Ilya, but it's too late - once I was on to Cary, Solo faded in the background!

Gill Jacob said...

Love your choice, had a bit of a crush on Mr Vaughn too in this - my dad introduced me to the delights od the Man from UNCLE - I did write to him but got a return to sender from LA but then I did just write Robert Vaughn, Hollywood on the envelope! And also agree about Cary!

Leah Williams said...

Love how you introduced Grant!!:) I haven't seen this, but suspect I share your taste...

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