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In the very beginning of The Man from U.N.C.L.E we see Napoleon supposedly killing the Red Peril and a rainbow that looks like a lens refraction:

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And then in the very end we see the Red Peril actually killing Alexander Vinciguerra, and again a rainbow, this time looking like an actual rain rainbow:

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To me a rainbow is a metaphor for spring, the good, cheerfulness etc. I mean rainbow always stands for something good and except for these two cases I have not noticed the rainbow anywhere else in the movie thus my question: Is this Guy Ritchie breaking through the fourth wall telling us that these actions were justified? Most importantly what I want to know is how frequent is this technique in cinema? Edit: I found another rainbow in the movie! This one is so fleeting I missed it the first time: we see another 'refraction rainbow' when Red Peril steals the boat from the satellite factory:

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  • Characters break the fourth wall. Not the director. – cde Nov 22 '16 at 18:26
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I don't think that the rainbows were meant to indicate any sort of meaning. Rather, they are lens flares, they either happened organically during filming or were added later on to give the movies a slightly more "rustic" feel.

Lens flares occur when light, usually strong light, hits the lens of the camera at particular angles. Back in the day it was a lot harder to prevent these, but as technology has progressed they have become easier to prevent. It has become a thing to re-add lens flares to make things seem more authentic or older.

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