The success and longevity of Star Trek was constructed on the muse of a friendship between two very totally different beings; Captain Kirk and Spock, and by extension – William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy. However Shatner and Nimoy didn’t first meet one another on the bridge of the USS Enterprise, they’d truly beforehand labored collectively in one other iconic Nineteen Sixties TV sequence.
Two years earlier than the unique Star Trek sequence started in 1966, Shatner and Nimoy each appeared within the spy sequence The Man from UNCLE. The sequence starred Robert Vaughn as American Napoleon Solo and Russian David McCallum as Ilya Kuryakin. In the same vein to different 60s TV reveals like The Saint, The Avengers, and The Prisoner, in addition to clearly the primary James Bond films – The Man from UNCLE featured trendy and attractive secret brokers through the ongoing Chilly Struggle.
Shatner and Nimoy each appeared in season 1, episode 9, ‘The Mission Strigas Affair’ (1964). Their characters have been from reverse sides of the Iron Curtain, with Nimoy enjoying the villain, and Shatner enjoying a reluctant UNCLE recruit.
The Man from UNCLE was tailored into an excellent, however sadly ignored, 2015 Man Ritchie film, with Henry Cavill enjoying Napoleon Solo and Armie Hammer enjoying Ilya Kuryakin.
Shatner and Nimoy began as rivals, grew to become shut associates, however then have been torn asunder as soon as extra just some years earlier than Nimoy died. Shatner wrote a e-book referred to as Leonard: My Fifty-12 months Friendship with a Outstanding Man, printed in 2016, however claimed he didn’t know why they stopped speaking in 2011. Regardless of this, each actors (and their iconic characters) are an limitless supply of fascination – and it’s very enjoyable to seeing them sharing a display screen earlier than Star Trek.
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