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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.


Ray Austin


Sam Rolfe (developer: original series), Michael Sloan




Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Vaughn ... Napoleon Solo
David McCallum ... Illya Kuryakin
Patrick Macnee ... Sir John Raleigh
Tom Mason ... Benjamin Kowalski
Gayle Hunnicutt ... Andrea Markovitch
Geoffrey Lewis ... Janus
Anthony Zerbe ... Justin Sepheran
Keenan Wynn ... Piers Castillian
Simon Williams ... Nigel Pennington-Smythe
John Harkins ... Alexi Kemp
Jan Tríska ... Vaselievich
Susan Woollen ... Janice Friday
Carolyn Seymour ... Actress
George Lazenby ... J.B.
Judith Chapman ... Z-65


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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Did You Know?


Gerald Fried's score contains a pastiche of 'The James Bond Theme' from James Bond film series when George Lazenby's character 'JB' makes his appearance. George Lazenby had played James Bond in the 1969 official production On Her Majesty's Secret Service. See more »


At the end of the opening gambling sequence, the guard grabs Andrea Markovitch, slaps her, then rears back to slap her again. Solo grabs his arm and gives the guard a little slap. This must be Hollywood's way of trying to reduce violence on TV because the original Napoleon Solo would have slugged the guard with his fist. See more »


Sir John Raleigh: [Pulls out old U.N.C.L.E. radio pen] Open Channel D.
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References Elmer Gantry (1960) See more »

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Fun reunion flick with other fond and sad memories
6 May 2006 | by Russ DavisSee all my reviews

Good for a reunion show that deserves special allowances for auld lang syne that otherwise would not fly for a regular show, a time to reminisce on the impossibility of twenty years flying by! and even worse another twenty since that yet again to 2006! Will someone quit turning the calendar instead of the second hand! Though McNee was truly good as Sir John, the sorrowful part was the loss fourteen years before, in '72, of inestimable and quite irreplaceable stellar veteran Leo G. Carroll/Mr. Waverly they were kind enough to acknowledge. What wasn't mentioned in other descriptions of the film was how Sir John's entrance into the fray was due to the death of Mr. Waverly whom he was replacing (I believe he was supposedly killed in a THRUSH attack, which while stretching the bonds of credibility that they only just now managed to kill him after so many years is still a well-deserved tribute to dear old Leo G.). As sharp as Carroll was, he deserved a larger role had the oversexed dolts of that age not been such abysmal failures at appreciating the treasure in their midst, though perhaps Vaughn & McCallum may have.

A fascinating connection most don't realize, including me, until today, thanks to the IMDb, is that in the '50s show Topper in which Carroll starred as Cosmo Topper, Robert Sterling played George Kerby, the debonair husband of the ghost couple that could be so frustrating for Cosmo, wife Anne Jeffreys playing Mrs. (Marion) Kerby, but Sterling also later played Captain Lee Craine in the Irwin Allen's movie, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, the part later taken by David Hedison in the TV version as Richard Baseheart took Walter Pigeon's place! Interesting connection: Man from UNCLE and Voyage to the Bottowm of the Sea by way of Topper! What Topper!

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Release Date:

5 April 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Fifteen Years Later Affair See more »


Box Office


$2,200,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (Glen Glenn Sound)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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