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Originally, nothing. But the creators/writers were pressed to come up with something. The result of their efforts:
The United Network Command for Law and Enforcement.
By the time the first episode aired on 22-September-64, this appeared in the end titles:
"We wish to thank the United Network Command for Law and Enforcement without whose assistance this program would not be possible.''Originally it was supposed to be UNITED NATIONS COMMAND FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT from a suggestion by Ian Fleming but they could not get permission to use it, so they changed it to UNITED NETWORK.
In the series, the organization was merely called Thrush. Ace paperbacks, which published a series of paperback novels based on the show, had one installment in which Thrush stood for The Technological Hierarchy for the Removal of Undesirables and the Subjugation of Humanity. This is very popular with long-time fans of the shows, who have adopted it as "canon" or at least near-canon.
He is the number one of Section Two, operations and enforcement.
The answer isn't an easy one. Norman Felton, the producer who originated the project, worked up a memo about the lead character (initially named Edgar Solo). Ian Fleming, the author of the James Bond novels, was briefly involved in the project and contributed some ideas. The actual script for the pilot episode was written by Sam Rolfe. Rolfe received the credit, "The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Developed by Sam Rolfe." No specific creator credit was given. In 1983, when the TV-movie "The Return of the Man From U.N.C.L.E." was made it carried two credits shown separately. One was "Based on the television series presented by Norman Felton" and "Based on the television series developed by Sam Rolfe."
The version shown to network executives was titled "Solo." The name was changed to "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." before the first episode aired on Sept. 22, 1964.
The producers of the James Bond movies claimed the TV show infringed on their upcoming 007 film "Goldfinger," which featured a minor villain named Solo. The case was settled out of court, with the TV show taking the name "The Man From U.N.C.L.E."
The main headquarters shown the most is in New York City, "somewhere in the East Forties." The front for the agent's entrance is Del Floria's tailor shop. In development notes, there are details about other entrances but Del Floria's is the main one we actually see. Other U.N.C.L.E. offices are shown during the series. There are five major regional headquarters, of which New York is one. Another, shown in the fourth-season episode "The Summit-Five Affair" is in Berlin.
An annual gathering of the leaders of the five regional headquarters where communications codes are exchanged and other important business conducted?
He is the number one of U.N.C.L.E.'s Section One, and chief of the New York regional office. Based on "The Summit-Five Affair," it appears he is the most senior of the five regional chiefs and, at the very least, first among equals.
The number two of Section Two of U.N.C.L.E. He is seen very little in the first episode and not at all in the second. Starting with "The Quadripartite Affair," he begins to get more screen time. He works primarily, but not exclusively, with Napoleon Solo.
In the pilot episode, it's a designation for a woman communications officer who keeps in contact with Napoleon Solo as he carries out his assignment. After that, it is a frequency for U.N.C.L.E. communication devices. It is not the only communications channel, but the one most frequently referenced, usually at the start of a transmission. "Open Chanel D," is what an agent often says when starting such a transmission.
In the first season, the primary device was disguised to look like a pack of cigarettes. Starting in the second season, the main device was made to look like a fountain pen, although the cigarette-pack device can still be seen as late as "The Cherry Blossom Affair" in season two.
The U.N.C.L.E. Special is a handgun that includes attachments that converts the weapon into a semi-automatic weapon. Initially, the U.N.C.L.E. Special was based on a Mauser pistol. The Mauser version can be seen in The Iowa-Scuba Affair (second episode of the series) and The Brain-Killer Affair (23rd episode but one of the earliest to be filmed). But the attachments made the pistol seem too small. Later (during the first season), a Walther P-38 became the basis for the U.N.C.L.E. Special and this version was used for the remainder of the show.
Not many. Gervaise Ravel and Harold Bufferton were the agents' primary foes in two first-season episodes (the story was originally devised as a two-part episode but instead was presented as two related, but separate stories). Dr. Egret, a Thrush master of disguise, appeared in two first-season episodes. And G. Emory Partridge (George Sanders) appeared in first- and second-season stories. For the most part, however, the U.N.C.L.E. agents lacked an arch-enemy.
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