The Man from U.N.C.L.E.: Season 1, Episode 7

The Giuoco Piano Affair (10 Nov. 1964)

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Solo and Kuryakin pursue Gervaise Ravel and Harold Bufferton, the surviving conspirators of The Quadripartite Affair. To draw them out of hiding, Solo will use Marion Raven as bait and ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
John Van Dreelen ...
James Frawley ...
Lieutenant Manuera
Jon Silo ...
Alfonso Figueroa
Martin Garralaga ...
Ship's Officer
Norman Felton ...
Chess Player
Sam Rolfe ...
Joseph Calvelli ...
Inebriate (as Dick Donner)


Solo and Kuryakin pursue Gervaise Ravel and Harold Bufferton, the surviving conspirators of The Quadripartite Affair. To draw them out of hiding, Solo will use Marion Raven as bait and utilize a variation of the Guioco Piano chess gambit to make the operation a success. Written by Bill Koenig

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10 November 1964 (USA)  »

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Jill Ireland was at one point going to become a recurring guest-star, with her character Marion becoming Ilya's girlfriend. This idea was dropped, although Ireland (real-life wife of series star David McCallum would rather appear again in different roles. See more »


In an early scene on the Andes mountainside, an U.N.C.L.E. agent stops near the top on the side of the mountain and takes refuse under an overhanging rock that creates a natural alcove to cover him as he uses his radio to report his status. When a helicopter circles above him, the camera point of view from the helicopter shows him sitting on the open field at the top of the mountain above that overhanging rock. A second later, after a rocket is launched from the helicopter at the agent, the next camera angle miraculously shows the agent now back at the alcove below the overhanging rock when the rocket strikes the ground. The strike causes an avalanche which buries the agent in the alcove on the mountainside, beneath the overhanging rock. See more »


Marion Raven: [to Napoleon Solo] Don't you stand there looking so innocent; you're nothing but a whirling mess of plots and schemes.
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During the closing credits, Norman Felton's producing credit appears over an image of his cameo in the episode. See more »

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THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. – The Giuoco Piano Affair – 1964

This is the seventh episode of 1964 to 1968 spy series, THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. The series ran for a total of 105 episodes. The first season was filmed in B/W with the remainder shot in colour. Robert Vaughn plays agent Napoleon Solo while David McCallum plays Illya Kuryakin. Leo G Carroll plays Mister Waverly, the boss of the secret agency known as U.N.C.L.E. (United Network Command for Law & Enforcement) Their main enemy is THRUSH, an organization out to take over the planet.

This one is a continuation of episode 3, The Quadripartie Affair. Anne Frances and John Van Dreelen are the two THRUSH types who had escaped at the end of that episode. The two had then faked their death in a shipwreck in the Med. The two now show up in the Andes Mountains causing no end of trouble. Vaughn, McCallum and guest star, Jill Ireland head south to put the grip on the unsavoury pair.

Francis and her man escape into the hills after setting up a shipboard bomb to take out Agent Vaughn. Vaughn escapes in the nick of time with crooked Policeman, James Frawley in tow. Meanwhile, the villains are chasing Miss Ireland and McCallum through the various hills and valleys.

Vaughn manages to arrive in the nick of time with a group of not so crooked Police, and save the day. THRUSH boss, Van Dreelen is killed and his partner, Anne Francis is slapped in cuffs for a long stay in prison.

The director is again Richard Donner.

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