How to Steal the World
|How To Steal The World|
|Directed by||Sutton Roley|
|Produced by||Norman Felton
|Written by||Norman Hudis|
|Music by||Richard Shores|
|Cinematography||Robert B. Hauser|
|Edited by||Joseph Dervin
How To Steal the World is a 1968 adventure–action film based on the series The Man from U.N.C.L.E., with Robert Vaughn and David McCallum reprising their roles as secret agents Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin. The film also stars Barry Sullivan, Eleanor Parker, Leslie Nielsen, Tony Bill, Peter Mark Richman, Albert Paulsen, Inger Stratton, Hugh Marlowe, and Dan O'Herlihy. It was originally telecast as the final two episodes of the TV series, as "The Seven Wonders of the World Affair". The feature version is the only U.N.C.L.E. film not to include Jerry Goldsmith's theme music. The film was directed by Sutton Roley and written by Norman Hudis.
U.N.C.L.E. agents Napoleon Solo (Robert Vaughn) and Illya Kuryakin (David McCallum) investigate when fellow agent Robert Kingsley (Barry Sullivan) and European general Maximilian Harmon (Leslie Nielsen) disappear. Shortly afterward, five of the world's top scientists are mysteriously abducted. The trail leads to the Himalayas, where Kingsley has set himself up as potential world dictator, hoping to use the combined talents of the scientists to build a device that will spread mind-controlling gas throughout the planet. However, his wife Margitta Kingsley (Eleanor Parker) has different plans for the gas.
- Robert Vaughn as Napoleon Solo
- David McCallum as Illya Kuryakin
- Barry Sullivan as Robert Kingsley
- Eleanor Parker as Margitta Kingsley
- Leslie Nielsen as General Maximilian Harmon
- Leo G. Carroll as Alexander Waverly
- Tony Bill as Steven Garrow
- Peter Mark Richman as Mr. Webb
- Albert Paulsen as Dr. Kurt Erikson
- Inger Stratton as Anna Erikson
- Hugh Marlowe as Grant
- Dan O'Herlihy as Prof. David Garrow
"The Seven Wonders of the World Affair" was originally telecast as the final two episodes of the TV series, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., which aired on NBC on January 8, 1968 and January 15, 1968. The film was released on DVD on November 2, 2011 by Warner Archive Collection.
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