A diplomat seeks to heighten tensions between East and West. UNCLE is to neutralize him but not, Waverly says, in a way he becomes a "cause celebre." Solo and Kuryakin devise a con game ...
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A diplomat seeks to heighten tensions between East and West. UNCLE is to neutralize him but not, Waverly says, in a way he becomes a "cause celebre." Solo and Kuryakin devise a con game with a false secret (dubbed Project Strigas) and recruit a talented engineer who abruptly quit a lucrative job to start his own business. Written by
Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner played together in this show just prior to starting the original Star Trek series. Additionally, Joseph Sargent directed an early Trek episode, "The Corbomite Maneuver." See more »
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Great Episode with Shatner and Nimoy as Guest Stars
THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. The Project Strigas Affair 1964
This is the ninth 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.
Uncle needs to set up an East Bloc diplomat, Werner Klemperer. Klemperer is causing tensions to mount between the west and east with his warmongering speeches. UNCLE is to eliminate the man without making him a hero. They need to discredit him with his government.
Agents Napoleon Solo (Robert Vaughn) and Illya Kuryakin (David McCallum) are given the assignment. The UNCLE agents come up with a bait and switch plan. They bring in a pair of civilians to help with the plot. The civilians, William Shatner and Peggy Ann Garner are a couple running a small pest control outfit. UNCLE offers to pay off all their debts for their help.
Shatner, a trained chemical engineer is to pretend to be a top man for a secret nerve gas project for the U.S. UNCLE baits the trap with some dropped info on the project and Klemperer bites. A big intelligence coup would move him up in the politburo back home. He has his own agents bait a trap to grab Shatner. They offer the man 100,000 in cash. Shatner plays it cool and asks for 2 million. This suggests to the East Bloc outfit that it must be important.
UNCLE then has McCallum, in disguise as a Secret Service man from Klemperer's own government, stir the pot a bit. Klemperer cannot resist the lure of a big score and dives in. The deal is made to give Shatner the cash for the secret of the "Strigas Project". It is a gas that will put an opposing army to sleep for 48 hours. Then the U.S. could move in and take control without massive casualties.
A monkey wrench though is thrown into the machinery just as the deal is closed. Klemperer's aide, Leonard Nimoy, decides to check out matters on his own. He discovers that McCallum is a fake. He arrives at the exchange site in time to queer the trade.
Needless to say UNCLE has a backup plan. Klemperer is soon convinced that McCallum is really a plant from a political rival back in the home country. Klemperer makes the trade, the cash for the formula and the site of the factory producing the gas. He fires off the documents to the home country. He tells his wife, Narda Onyx, that they will be going home as heroes.
The next day, Nimoy informs the smiling Klemperer that he has indeed been recalled. But it is to be shot! The formula he paid for is nothing but how to make floor wax. He is accused of stealing the million bucks he gave to Shatner for the papers.
A pretty entertaining episode with just the right amount of humour mixed with the action. It is interesting to see Shatner and Nimoy on the screen at the same time here. They of course both hit it big with STAR TREK, two years later. Klemperer is of course known for his role on the long running 60's series, HOGAN'S HEROES.
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