Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Today brings the long-awaited, full-run DVD release of The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. (1966-1967), a Man from U.N.C.L.E. spin-off starring Stefanie Powers as American secret agent April Dancer and Noel Harrison (son of Rex Harrison) as her English partner, Mark Slate. The complete manufactured-on-demand set from Warner Bros. Archive--29 episodes on eight discs--will put you back $59.95, or you can buy The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. in two parts (here and here) for $39.95 apiece.
But word of this set’s coming reminded us that Ms. Powers was certainly not the only girl “who infiltrated the secret world of U.N.C.L.E.” The delightful video above showcases myriad curvaceous lovelies who crossed paths and swords--and bedposts, on occasion--with agents Napoleon Solo (Robert Vaughn) and Illya Kuryakin (David McCallum) on the original series. If you watch closely, you should spot Senta Berger, Joan Collins, Yvonne Craig (of Batgirl fame), Sharon Farrell, Anne Francis (Honey West), Jill Ireland, Carol Lynley, Mary Ann Mobley, Vera Miles, Susan Oliver, and ... well, let’s just say that being U.N.C.L.E. agents could test one’s talents at pitching woo as well as dodging bullets.