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The Return of the Man from U.N.C.L.E.: The Fifteen Years Later Affair (1983)

When THRUSH steals a nuclear weapon and demands a ransom delivered by Napoleon Solo, UNCLE recalls him and his partner to duty.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Benjamin Kowalski
Andrea Markovitch
Justin Sepheran
Piers Castillian
Alexi Kemp
Susan Woollen ...
Janice Friday


The criminal organization THRUSH steals the A-bomb H957 and demands $350,000,000 to be delivered within 72 hours by their former antagonist Solo. So U.N.C.L.E. has to reactivate the super agents Solo and Kuryakin after they were 15 years out of business. Equipped in the usual 007 fashion they start to seek the villains. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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They're Back In An All-New Motion Picture! Once Again They Have To Save the World from THRUSH. Only Now It's 15 Years Later, And THRUSH is a Nuclear Power.


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Release Date:

5 April 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Fifteen Years Later Affair  »


Box Office


$2,200,000 (estimated)
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Even though Leo G. Carroll, who played U.N.C.L.E. boss Alexander Waverly in the T.V. series, passed away in 1972 he still makes an appearance in this movie. His photograph can be clearly seen sitting on a table behind behind the desk of U.N.C.L.E. receptionist Ms. Friday. See more »


When Solo and Kuryakin meet up in New York, they take a walk in the streets. Near the end of the sequence, after Kuryakin hits Solo, very tall palm trees can be seen in the reflection in the window. See more »


Sir John Raleigh: [Pulls out old U.N.C.L.E. radio pen] Open Channel D.
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"It would of been a disaster without Vaughn and McCallam!"
20 October 2003 | by See all my reviews

Agents Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuriyakin are called back to UNCLE after fifteen years to do battle with THRUSH once more who are holding the United States to ransom with a stolen nuclear bomb.

Enjoyable revival movie with Robert Vaughn and David McCallam looking a bit older and a bit thicker around the middle, but still wonderful as Solo and Kuriyakin. The chemistry between them hasn't faded after so many years. Good supporting cast includes Anthony Zerbe as an evil THRUSH chief, Carolyn Seymour as a Russian ballerina who is blackmailed by THRUSH to do their bidding and Patrick Macnee (ex-Avengers) makes a satisfactory replacement for Leo G Carroll as the new UNCLE chief, the latter sadly died in 1972. The film is directed by Ray Austin who worked on The Avengers as initially stunt arranger and later as a director. Austin made his directorial debut on an episode from the latter entitled "All Done With Mirrors."

This was intended as the pilot for a new series, but sadly it never materialised. Interestingly, there has been rumours of a big budget movie of the series being made, probably like Mission Impossible, but as The Return Of The Man From UNCLE shows without Vaughn and McCallam it will be a disaster.

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