Saturday, November 26, 2016

R.I.P. Robert Vaughn #2

I was going through some old sketchbooks last week & found this drawing from 2011.  What's weird about it is, I drew it almost five years to the day of Robert Vaughn's passing (I was off by one day).  The yellow triangle in this picture is the identification badge that U. N. C. L. E. agents would wear to gain entry to various organization headquarters located across the globe.  Vaughn's character, Napoleon Solo, always wore the number 11, the same month & date of his death, which is weird too.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

R.I.P. Robert Vaughn

A fine actor with a distinguished career, Robert Vaughn will best be remembered as cool super-spy Napoleon Solo from sixties mega-hit The Man From U. N. C. L. E. .  America's answer to the espionage craze started by Ian Fleming (who actually named Vaughn's character),  The Man From U. N. C. L. E. ran for four years on NBC & also benefitted from a massively successful merchandising campaign.  If you have never seen the show, I highly recommend it.  The first season is in black & white, is serious in tone, & is shot in the style of movies of the day, making it stand out from most sixties television.  The following seasons are in color and shift to a more tongue in cheek approach, but the program is still enjoyable.  I met Robert Vaughn twice: once briefly in New York City about ten years ago and earlier at a mall in Connecticut in the late eighties.  But, that's a story for another time.  Robert Vaughn was a great actor who had the bulk of his career recorded, so future generations can enjoy and respond to his work.

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