Hot damn, the ’60s were just full of great Secret Agent shows and movies.  From James Bond to Man from U.N.C.L.E. to Honey West to Jonny Quest to Get Smart, you couldn’t turn the TV dial without finding some sort of Russian spy trying to rule the world (damn Russians).  Today, our favorite blond spy, Illya Kuryakin makes a small cameo via Bud’s black turtleneck.

Edit: I forget not everyone here was alive and watching ’60s TV.  Some of you were alive, but can’t remember the ’60s. So, here’s Illya Kuryakin and the Man from U.N.C.L.E. logo from the TV series.

Spies with Turtlenecks Rule

Quickie story. As a kid, cutting off cereal box tops and mailing them in for some sort of offer was like a crack cocaine habit to me.  I *had* to eat all those boxes of cereal so I could get the tops off and mail them in.  I was King at this. Forget the cereal now, but they offered a Spy Kit, complete with utility belt!  It had the crappiest accessories when it showed up.  I finger printed my Grandfather and he had blue ink on his fingers for weeks.  My Dad eventually threw the belt away as I slept with it on for weeks.

Speaking of spies… if you’re not watching “Archer” on the FX network, you are missing a HUGE pile of laughs and some of the best ’60s/’70s references  you’ll find on TV today.  Archer is a direct take-off of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. from Archer’s suits to his black turtlenecks.  Best damn show on TV, animated or otherwise, these days.  Never miss it and I wet my pants every time.  Go. Watch. Now.

Johnny Rivers’ “Secret Agent Man” was on the charts at the pinnacle of the spy business on TV in the USA in the ’60s.  The UK’s “Danger Man” became “Secret Agent Man” here in the USA.  And it featured Patrick McGoohan as secret agent John Drake.  I am also a “Saint” fan with Roger Moore.  To me, Moore was more Bond then Connery, but I’ll get my head bit off by the Connery fans out there, but hey, it’s my opinion.