One of the most popular and influential pop-culture TV phenomena of the 1960s has also been one of the most elusive, as difficult to track down as the headquarters of the sinister THRUSH organization. Now at long last, all 105 episodes of the definitive spy series hits the market in an attractive silver attache case—currently available exclusively through the Time-Life website and not available in retail stores until fall 2008. Robert Vaughn stars as dapper agent Napoleon Solo (name contributed by Ian Fleming). David McCallum plays Illya Kuryakin, an aloof Russian who became a sex symbol surpassing Leonard Nimoy’s Spock and Jonathan Frid’s Barnabas Collins. This was the greatest international and merchandising hit of its day and triggered the TV spy wave before it self-destructed in a sea of self-parody.
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