How to Steal the World

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How To Steal The World
Film poster
Directed by Sutton Roley
Produced by Norman Felton
George Lehr
Irv Pearlberg
Anthony Spinner
Written by Norman Hudis
Starring Robert Vaughn
David McCallum
Eleanor Parker
Barry Sullivan
Music by Richard Shores
Cinematography Robert B. Hauser
Edited by Joseph Dervin
Harry Knapp
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • March 7, 1969 (1969-03-07)
Running time
89 min.
Country United States
Language English

How To Steal the World is a 1968 adventureaction 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.[1] The film also stars Barry Sullivan,[2][3] Eleanor Parker, Leslie Nielsen,[2] Tony Bill,[4] Peter Mark Richman, Albert Paulsen,[2] Inger Stratton,[5] Hugh Marlowe, and Dan O'Herlihy.[1] 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.[1]


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.



"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.[6]

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