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05 June 2014 @ 09:14 pm
Fifty years on.  
(cross-posted to the mfu_canteen, where yesterday was Why I Still Love The Man From UNCLE Day)

I fell in love with Illya Kuryakin on the back seat of my father's station wagon in the late sixties.

My family and I were on our twice-yearly trip to visit my father's family, a trip of about 540 miles' length. Usually we drove through the night, and my sister and I would sleep on a mattress laid out in the back, but on this occasion we'd left in the early hours of the morning and most of the drive was to be in daylight. At our first stop for petrol, mum let us choose a book each from the revolving paperback stand in the petrol station, so we'd have something to read on the trip. If memory serves I was all of eight years old but I wanted "The Doomsday Affair" and fell promptly in love. I acted out Illya, lying helplessly drugged on the floor of that VW, and roped my sister into being Napoleon and coming to the eventual rescue. That was the best road trip ever! After that I was hooked.
Hard to believe it's been 50 years since the birth of the show.
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Trepkostrepkos on June 5th, 2014 04:13 pm (UTC)
I remember reading "The Radioactive Camel Affair" as a kid. I think someone get electrodes attached to them ...
miwahni: MFU What did you say lovermiwahni on June 5th, 2014 08:33 pm (UTC)
I only have two of the books (three, if you count the final unpublished one) and that wasn't one of them, sorry, so I can't confirm. It sure sounds like something that would happen in the MFU universe though. :-)
Strike while the irony is hot: [EMATE] HUGS DIPS TWIRLSdraycevixen on June 5th, 2014 05:32 pm (UTC)

With your track record, I'm surprised the slash didn't hit you earlier. *g*
miwahni: MFU Missed itmiwahni on June 5th, 2014 08:34 pm (UTC)
Slow starter, that's me! :-D
moonlightmead on June 6th, 2014 10:44 pm (UTC)
I'm going to have to track down some MFU programmes to watch. I have only the vaguest memories of it and it has not been repeated for ages and ages. I suspect I missed out.

We used to be given books for long journeys too (although our 'long' is not quite your 'long'..). Ah, sisters roping each other into playing characters in each other's favourite stories - happy memories!

There's a great PR Zed Man From UNCLE vid (gen), 'Moscow Drug Club'. I'm not sure whether it's on YouTube or not, but it's certainly on her website: email her for the password - lots of goodies there!
miwahni: MFU  Fascinatingmiwahni on June 7th, 2014 08:43 am (UTC)
It was a great show, for its time. If you do hunt it down try to avoid the third series, which was a lot more lightweight than the others.

PR Zed is a great vidder and that one's a good example of her work. I love her Pros vids too.

My sister and I spent our childhoods playing in each other's fandoms. She loved The Champions while I wanted to play Star Trek most of the time. When I was able to rope her into that, she wanted to be Captain Kirk - which suited me fine, because I was desperately in love with Mr Spock!

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miwahni: MFU  Fascinatingmiwahni on June 8th, 2014 07:51 am (UTC)
and while those 50 years seem to have flown by, I sure feel every one of them. ;) Oh I hear you, I do! Getting out of bed in the morning is always fun... and then I remind myself that at least I CAN get out of bed.

So many stories around the show, and how fen first came to watch. Amazing that fifty years later we're still talking about it.
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miwahni: MFU What did you say lovermiwahni on June 9th, 2014 11:15 am (UTC)
*grins* That book has been on my amazon wishlist since 13th August last year - sooner or later it will work its way to the top.

Yeah, I'm unsure about the movie, too. I saw what happened with the Starsky and Hutch movie, where it was played for laughs - and there have been other absolute disasters. Plus I'm not *quite* ready to see other actors playing Napoleon and Illya. I do hope it is successful commercially, though - just think, in another fifty years' time there could be a whole bunch of other fans reminiscing about the anniversary of the movie.
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miwahni: S&H Tomatomiwahni on June 10th, 2014 10:26 am (UTC)
The Starsky and Hutch movie was actually a lot of fun - provided you could forget it was supposed to be Starsky and Hutch, and just enjoy it for its comedic value.

Finding the "Return" movie in the video store is what brought me back to MFU fandom, in 2003. So while it has its faults, I'm also glad it was made.
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miwahni: MFU Keep Calm Open Channel Dmiwahni on June 10th, 2014 08:35 pm (UTC)
Works for me!