As Illya says in The Thrush Roulette Affair - Wow! It's been almost exactly three years since this site was updated. My apologies for the absence, and I hope to start updating on a regular basis from now on. It's one of my New Year resolutions.
The good news is that as of December 2007, we finally have an official dvd release of The Man from U.N.C.L.E.! Late in 2007, Warner Brothers authorized Time Life, Inc. to distribute a fully remastered and uncut set of all four seasons. This massive collection, comprising 41 dvds, comes packaged in a nifty attache case. The episodes themselves are crisp and sharp, and the extras are plentiful - interviews with Robert Vaughn and David McCallum, together and separately; featurettes on the U.N.C.L.E. Special and the U.N.C.L.E. car; behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with fans and collectors. The dvd collection carries a hefty price tag, but is well worth the price. Go here to check it out! There is also a dvd set of the first season only. The dvds will not be available in retail stores until the fall of 2008.
The bad news about the good news is that, at time of this writing, the dvds are sold only in the U.S. and Canada. All MFU fans hope that this is only a temporary delay in getting the dvds to the thousands of fans worldwide.
Having an official dvd release meant that it was time to retire the MFU Video Lending Library, formerly housed on this site. While there still may be some need for such a service overseas, it can no longer be operated from a U.S. based site.
This first update contains a few new items. The links page has been cleaned up, with dead links removed and new ones added. Check out the new fiction sites in particular - good stuff there! The zine reviews have been updated to link to online versions of stories that originally appeared in print. The "stories" page has also been updated with additional fiction. Another episode review is in progress and should be posted soon. More fiction recs are also on the way.
Illya Kuryakin and Napoleon Solo. Ordinary men who became invisible heroes in a Cold War of espionage and counter-intelligence. Men of conviction who inhabit an ambiguous universe where violence, betrayal and corruption are the daily specials.
We see over and over that Napoleon and Illya are the best of the best in this cruel game, but we also see that they are neither cruel nor corrupt. In a world where expediency often subverts inconvenient principles, Illya and Napoleon are remarkable for managing to hang on to their humanity and ideals, their sense of humor and their compassion. They gladly befriend and protect Innocents who are inadvertently thrown into the line of fire and take the time to laugh at themselves.
So... what is the moral compass that guides these modern warriors safely through the maze of cold-war espionage?
Each other. That's the only possible answer. They're all about transcending paradoxes and reconciling differences, about bridging the gap between what is and what could be. About opposites and possibilities, however unlikely. About achieving the impossible. Pushing the limits of chance and hazard. Balance and CounterBalance, discovering a fragile equilibrium in their dangerous high-wire lives. The gregarious American and the introverted Russian working together, setting aside political ideology in favor of a shared vision. Drawing strength from one another, reaffirming what is truly important in life, in work... and even in love.
Come on in and let Napoleon and Illya show you what détente is really about.
A word of warning: Please note that this website contains adult material, specifically homoerotica (commonly known as "slash"). Most stories will be rated R or NC-17 for explicit male/male sex. If this notion offends you or you are a legal minor, you would be wise to leave now.
Disclaimer: The Man from U.N.C.L.E.® belongs to and is copyright by Arena Productions, MGM and/or Time-Warner and their licensed subsidiaries. All works contained within this website are fan created for the purpose of personal enjoyment. The use of copyrighted material here is solely for non-profit purposes and in no way seeks to undermine the copyright.
Keelywolfe deserves all the kudos for the wonderful animated gif on the splash page. Thank you so much!
Many thanks to C.C. for sharing the MfU font and logo.
More thanks to Nataliya for coming up with the perfect title for this site.
Site created August 1, 2003.