First Man from UNCLE trailer with Henry Cavill is not James Bond, no way, no siree bob

Cavill and Armie Hammer team up for some superspy fun from director Guy Ritchie – and it's nothing like Spectre


James Bond is such a rubbish spy. Not only does every bad guy already know his name, he actually inspires imitators. Hot on the heels of Kingsman: The Secret Service comes another retro-spy thriller, this time based on the classic 1960s series The Man from U.N.C.L.E.


Originally played by Robert Vaughn and David McCallum, Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer star as Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin respectively. The first trailer covers the formation of the Cold War, cross-border, fortuitously-initialled spy agency UNCLE.

In a carefree reworking of the original – which childhood nostalgia tells me was brilliant so let’s not go back and check – agents from America and Russia must team up to take on Nazis with an atom bomb.

As a sign of this international co-operation, everyone has swapped accents. Englishmen Henry Cavill and Jared Harris are putting on their best CIA-merican voices, Armie Hammer has gone Russian to play Illya Kuryakin and Australian Elizabeth Debicki is now German.

Directed by Guy Ritchie, it all looks like an awful lot of fun, a kind of live action Archer.


But will the new Kuryakin be able to drop a beat like the OG spy? We think not.