The young British star was dubbed the 'Blond Beatle' in the Sixties, for his floppy fringe and boyish good looks but also his alarming effect on young women, who would mob department stores and climb through lavatory windows to get at him. It also turned its stars into two of the biggest international pin-ups in screen history. Bronson took Mc Callum to the studio restaurant at MGM and introduced him to Norman Felton, the show's producer: Felton cast him as Kuryakin. E started, his reputation as a sex symbol cemented even as his wife was being unfaithful.The recent release of director Guy Ritchie's million blockbuster film version of The Man From U. Robert Vaughn played suave, immaculately-suited American agent Napoleon Solo — a name dreamt up by Ian Fleming while the James Bond creator was briefly attached to the project. What Mc Callum didn't realise, however, was that Bronson was having an affair with his wife, Jill. Mc Callum travelled with Vaughn across the world as ambassadors for the series.
Often, they were looking for more than an autograph.
Mc Callum says he revelled in those years of global adulation. Katherine [his wife] and I never had any secrets from each other, and I imagine Robert and Linda [Vaughn's wife] are the same.'At the height of the Cold War, the idea of a Russian agent working with the Americans to fight international crime didn't go down well with a humour-deficient Kremlin.
He left school at age 18 and was conscripted, joining the 3rd Battalion the Middlesex Regiment, which was seconded to the Royal West African Frontier Force. Affair", complete with "chapter titles", the word "affair" in the title, the phrase "Open Channel D", and similar scene transitions.
Early roles included a juvenile delinquent in Violent Playground (1957), an outlaw in Robbery Under Arms, (1957) and as junior RMS Titanic radio operator Harold Bride in A Night to Remember (1958). In an interview for a retrospective television special, David Mc Callum told of a visit to the White House during which, while he was being escorted to meet the U. president, a Secret Service agent told him, "You're the reason I got this job." Mc Callum never quite repeated the popular success he had gained as Kuryakin until NCIS, though he did become a familiar face on British television in such shows as Colditz (1972–74), Kidnapped (1978), and ITV's science-fiction series Sapphire & Steel (1979–82) opposite Joanna Lumley. Mc Callum appeared on stage in Australia in Run for Your Wife (1987–88), and the production toured the country.
Early in the Second World War, he was evacuated back to Scotland, where he lived with his mother at Gartocharn by Loch Lomond.
Also involved in local amateur drama, at age 17, he appeared as Oberon in an open-air production of A Midsummer Night's Dream with the Play and Pageant Union.Jason, who was adopted, died from an accidental drug overdose in 1989.He has been married to Katherine Carpenter since 1967. Mc Callum and his wife are active in charitable organisations that support the United States Marine Corps: Katherine's father was a Marine who served in the Battle of Iwo Jima, and her brother lost his life in the Vietnam War.It might have sounded like standard crystal-ball flattery. has — as happens with so many lacklustre remakes of cherished classics — served only to remind us of the glories of the original. E (United Network Command for Law and Enforcement) was an enigmatic Russian, Illya Kuryakin, played by Mc Callum in a trademark black turtleneck jumper. 'I have met a number of gay men who said they were quite enamoured of Illya Kuryakin. Mc Callum went on to star in the BBC series Colditz, and with Joanna Lumley in the Eighties ITV sci-fi series Sapphire & Steel. The son of two classical musicians (his violinist father led the London Philharmonic), Glasgow-born Mc Callum chose acting over music, attending RADA in the same class as Joan Collins.But decades later, his mother would remind him of this encounter as he was mobbed by screaming female fans from Tallahassee to Tokyo, swamped under the biggest fan mail any actor has received in the history of MGM Studios. The show, screened from 1964-68, drew half of America's television audience whenever it was on; in the UK, it was required viewing on BBC1 on Thursday afternoons. It was a wonderful irony that while Vaughn was an inveterate womaniser whose on-screen character always got the girl, it was the more reserved Mc Callum who became U. He still turns out as medical examiner 'Ducky' Mallard in U. He and his first wife, English actress Jill Ireland, moved to Hollywood with their three children in the early Sixties when he was cast as Judas Iscariot in The Greatest Story Ever Told.Hero worship even led to a record, Love Ya, Illya, performed by Alma Cogan under the name Angela and the Fans, which was a pirate radio hit in Britain in 1966. Since 2003 Mc Callum has starred in the CBS television series NCIS as Dr. Armed Forces medical examiner, featured a presentation comparing the real-life work of the Armed Forces Medical Examiner staff with that of the fictional naval investigators appearing on NCIS. The best known of his pieces today is "The Edge", which was sampled by Dr. Mc Callum's version of "The Edge" appears on the soundtrack to the 2017 film Baby Driver. However, Mc Callum conducted, and contributed several original compositions of his own, over the course of four LPs. On Open Channel D, Mc Callum did sing on the first four tracks, "Communication", "House on Breckenridge Lane", "In the Garden, Under the Tree" (the theme song from the film Three Bites of the Apple) and "My Carousel". The narrative is set in New York and London and centres on a young actor who tries to foil a murder.