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Guy Ritchie has another classic double act in his sights. After a few unsuccessful retreads of his London gangster schtick – Revolver, Rockandrolla – he managed to regain his movie-making mojo with two installments of Shelock Holmes, which combined his trademark ear for back-alley menace and London East-End dialogue with a mass-market, big-budget storyline.

He has now attempted the same with the ’60s cult TV show The Man From UNCLE, which originally paired Robert Vaughan’s Napoleon Solo with David McCullum’s Ilya Kuryakin. In 2015, Ritchie is using Henry Cavill, last seen as Superman in Man of Steel, as the film’s square-jawed focal point.

Cavill shows us a different sort of heroic range as the super smooth CIA agent Solo, who, at the height of the Cold War, must join forces with the KGB when a shadowy new threat to the world emerges. Armie Hammer plays his across-the-Iron-Curtain collaborator as the pair wisecrack their way to the location of a vanished German scientist.

As with all Ritchie efforts, it works best when it doesn’t take itself too seriously. And a cameo from David Beckham, as with Vinnie Jones in Ritchie’s debut Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, certainly helps that.

Check out the first trailer below:

Man from UNCLE is out in cinemas on August 20. 

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