The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964–1968)
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In the pilot episode, UNCLE agent Napoleon Solo is assigned to foil an assassination plot by Thrush. The criminal organization's target is a delegation from the newly independent African ... See full summary »


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Episode complete credited cast:
Robert Vaughn ... Napoleon Solo
David McCallum ... Illya Kuryakin
Leo G. Carroll ... Alexander Waverly
Pat Crowley ... Elaine May Donaldson (as Patricia Crowley)
Fritz Weaver ... Andrew Vulcan
William Marshall ... Sekue Ashumen
Ivan Dixon ... Jean Francis Soumarin
Victoria Shaw ... Gracie Ladovan
Rupert Crosse Rupert Crosse ... Nobuk
Mario Siletti Jr. Mario Siletti Jr. ... Del Floria
Eric Berry Eric Berry ... Alfred Ghist


In the pilot episode, UNCLE agent Napoleon Solo is assigned to foil an assassination plot by Thrush. The criminal organization's target is a delegation from the newly independent African nation, Western Natumba. The plot is under the supervision of Andrew Vulcan, a U.S. industrialist secretly working for Thrush. Solo recruits an old flame of Vulcan's as part of his plan. Written by Bill Koenig

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Release Date:

22 September 1964 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


There was a dispute over what the name of the villainous spy agency would be. The original name was THRUSH, but it was felt that this was too close to the name of the Russian spy agency SMERSH, so the studio ordered a name change for the film version. Hence, the name was replaced by "WASP" for the film version, and Robert Vaughn dubbed the word into the dialogue for all characters. The name THRUSH, was used for the rest of the series, though. See more »


At about 41 minutes in Solo kicks the water pipe loose from the coupling. This would be impossible since the pipe it threaded would have to have been unscrewed to remove it. See more »


Napoleon Solo: There's something about that plant, and I've got to find out what it is, tonight. When Vulcan gets back, get him to show you the plant tonight.
Elaine May Bender Donaldson: But he wants to take me to a nightclub,
Napoleon Solo: And you would rather see the plant. Flatter him, admire him and the empire he's built.
Elaine May Bender Donaldson: But I do admire him, and I don't believe all those terrible things you've told me about him. He... he just isn't like that.
Napoleon Solo: Elaine, if that blood you just washed off my face doesn't impress you, then I would suggest you go down ...
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Edited into To Trap a Spy (1964) See more »


Easy to Love
Music by Cole Porter
Performed by orchestra at party
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15 March 2006 | by gdhughes2002See all my reviews

I just saw this episode on cable, it was the pilot for the show. Interestingly the show was called "Solo" at the beginning of this episode. They must have subsequently renamed it "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." Leo G. Carroll did not appear in this episode. The head of U.N.C.L.E. was called Mr. Allison in this episode and was played by Will Kuluva. I notice that it notes "scenes deleted" next to his name on the "Vulcan Affair" page, but the version I saw did have Mr. Kuluva's scenes in it. David McCallum's Ilya character had a very small role in this episode. I also noticed that this episode included the scene with Solo getting shot at while behind a piece of bulletproof glass. They used this in the intro to the show in later episodes.

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