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TV's 24 Greatest Action Heroes

10. Illya Kuryakin (David McCallum, The Man From U.N.C.L.E.)

"The fact that Illya was a Russian working undercover for an American organization during the Cold War gave him a degree of anonymity, a degree of mystery, which was further enhanced by the fact that we kept any specifics about his life or background out of the script. The other cool thing about him was, when we first started, I wore a black suit, a white shirt and a thin black tie. But producers said, 'We need to make a change.' So I just pulled a black turtleneck sweater over the shirt and tie and put the jacket back on. The turtleneck eventually became iconic, but the only reason I did it was to cover up the shirt so I didn't have to change!" – David McCallum

spikesgirl58 told us about the June 13, 2014 issue where Illya Kuryakin was ranked Number 10! How cool is that!! I found the on-line issue so if anyone doesn't have access to the magazine (me, too) here is the direct link to the spot on Illya:



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Jun. 16th, 2014 01:24 pm (UTC)
I guess having to do all the dirty work for the team paid off for Illya in being voted on for one of the top Action Heroes (now if they come up for a category for getting the most action, Napoleon will be in the top 10 *g*).
Jun. 16th, 2014 02:53 pm (UTC)
Fine, except U.N.C.L.E. was never meant to be an American organization but an international one: sometimes I really regret Mac Callum had changed his passport and his loyalties...(especially during the two Iraq wars: shame!)
Jun. 17th, 2014 12:24 am (UTC)
Facts are inconvenient sometimes, aren't they?
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