January 16th, 2021

Illya
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What the THRUSH files should really say...

When I started rewatching MFU last year, I found a wonderful website, preppiesoftheapocalypse, by Morgan Richter, which contains hilarious recaps of most of the episodes. I read these in conjunction with my viewings and they certainly enhanced the experience! I’d recommend reading them if you haven’t already done so.

Here’s a sample of her humour taken from her recap of The THRUSH Roulette Affair, wherein the villain accesses the THRUSH files on our heroes:


Illya
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Who said that? Quotes 3 & 4

A bonus quote as I take my leave for a few hours’ sleep.

“Were you truly a gentleman, Mr ****, as I once was, you would realise that no man calls upon his honour so much as he who lacks it.”

“You know your stock of obscure miscellaneous information never ceases to amaze me.”
Illya
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1967: Chaucer and Bach combine in a classic pop hit

This song topped the UK charts in June 1967 and stayed there for six weeks. It also reached No 5 in the US. It is one of the best-selling singles in history, but what was it about? Lyricist Keith Reid said in 2008:

“I was trying to conjure a mood as much as tell a straightforward, girl-leaves-boy story. With the ceiling flying away and room humming harder, I wanted to paint an image of a scene. I wasn’t trying to be mysterious with those images, I was trying to be evocative. I suppose it seems like a decadent scene I’m describing. But I was too young to have experienced any decadence, then. I might have been smoking when I conceived it, but not when I wrote. It was influenced by books, not drugs.”

Illya
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What’s in a name?

We all know that Ian Fleming came up with the name, Napoleon Solo, and some of us probably know that Sam Rolfe loved the movie Never on Sunday, which starred Melina Mercouri as “a carefree Greek sex worker” called Illya (she even starred in the Broadway musical version of the film, which was called Illya Darling). But what about Kuryakin? Well, the Greek title for the film was Pote tin Kyriaki, Kyriaki meaning Sunday.

So, NS was named by a master of the spy genre, while IK was named after a Greek prostitute and the holy day of the week. Sounds about right, huh?
Illya
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Who said that? Quotes 6-10

Which character said it, in which episode?

6. “I hope I’m not interrupting anything.”

7. “I’m dying of acute dullness.”

8. “I’d like to hear your story. Anytime.”

9. “As any girl can testify, boys gets everywhere.”

10. “It’s amazing how quickly a girl can take her clothes off. And how long it takes to put them on again.”
Illya
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Who’s for a spot of daydreaming?

This song was No 1 in the US in December 1967, staying at the top of the chart for four weeks. It reached No 5 in the UK. Songwriter John Stewart wrote it as the third in a trilogy of songs about suburban life, recalling, "I remember... thinking, ‘What a wasted day — all I’ve done is daydream’.” Daydreaming turned out to be very profitable for him, though, didn’t it? Not such a waste of time, after all.

Illya
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Who said that? Quotes 11-15

Which character said it? In which episode?

11. “My instinctive dislike for that young man is growing into a sincere and honest hatred.”

12. “I hate to trouble you with trivia but I think I’m about to get killed and it struck me that perhaps you might want to say goodbye.”

13. “In the absence of efficiency, we’re compelled to resort to charm.”

14. “I see you’ve come to rescue me.”

15. “There go our Sundays.”
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Who said that? Quotes 16-20

Which character said it? In which episode?

16. “No man is free who has to work for a living, but I am available.”

17. “Oh you are so cute. You know what I’m going to do? I’m just going to love you to death.”

18. “Your suffering distresses me, but not very much.”

19. “Really ***, your friend is much too grim.”

20. “It is inevitable. A man must die a little every day.”