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'Slick like Rick'.. Robert Vaughn R.I.P.

At random moments when I wax lyrical with my antidotes of metaphoric 'cult diction', you will see sometimes I'll refer to something I'm doing on my own as being 'Napoleon Solo'. No prizes for guessing it was inspired by other than the late actor Robert Vaughn's side kick character, to his Man From U.N.C.L.E agent partner Illya Kuryakin. As a kid growing up in the mid 1960's and 1970's I was a huge fan of Man From U.N.C.L.E with its cool funky jazz theme tune. Robert Vaughn was the epitome of 'Cool Like That' like Digable Planet, in his slick suits and always had a variety of the most intriguing facial expressions (especially the Elvis Presley pout trout), when he acted. Also known for his character as the nervous drunk gunman Lee in The Magnificent Seven, he was also a guest star on occasion in episodes of Columbo. Just one more thing..In recent years he was remembered for being the respected elder con man in the BBC series 'The Hustle' as a loveable father figure rouge Albert Stroller. Sad to hear of his passing aged 83. 'Another One Bites The Dust' like Queen.

Television Programme: The Man from U.N.C.L.E. with Robert Vaughn as Napoleon Solo. THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. -- Pictured: Robert Vaughn as Napoleon Solo, circa 1965.  (Photo by NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)


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