9 things you need to know about trailblazing TV series The Man from Uncle

9 things you need to know about trailblazing TV series The Man from Uncle
The Man from Uncle review: A fizzy antidote to 007

Suave spy caper The Man From Uncle opens this week, revamping the cult '60s TV series and bringing it to the big screen for the first time in nearly 50 years. If you've never seen the original show or its eight movie spin-offs, here's your handy guide to get you up to speed...

1. The Man From Uncle was created by James Bond's Ian Fleming... sort of

The original idea to make a television series about a suave, sophisticated spy who travelled the world fighting villainy came from producer Norman Felton. He was interested in presenting each episode from the point of view of an innocent person - say, a housewife or a farmer - who find themselves drawn into an adventure beyond their wildest dreams.

In 1962, Felton pitched the idea to none other than James Bond creator Ian Fleming; based not
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