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The Man From U.N.C.L.E.: The Vulcan Affair

Premiere episode, later released as a TV and theatrical movie entitled To Trap A Spy.

The New York headquarters for The United Network Command for Law and Enforcement (U.N.C.L.E.) is compromised by a team of assassins from U.N.C.L.E.'s arch enemy, THRUSH, in an apparent preemptive stick before attempting to overthrow a new country's leadership.

The pilot and then later movie version would have re-named characters, added or deleted scenes and changes in the plot from this television episode.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x1
Production Number: 1059
Airdate: Tuesday September 22nd, 1964

Director: Don Medford
Writer: Sam Rolfe

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Guest Stars
William MarshallWilliam Marshall
As Ashumen
Eric BerryEric Berry
As Alfred Ghist
Fritz WeaverFritz Weaver
As Andrew Vulcan
Pat CrowleyPat Crowley
As Elaine May Donaldson
Victoria ShawVictoria Shaw
As Gracie Ladovan

Richard KielRichard Kiel
Main Cast
Robert VaughnRobert Vaughn
As Napoleon Solo
David McCallumDavid McCallum
As Illya Kuryakin


Premiere episode, later released as a TV and theatrical movie entitled To Trap A Spy...

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Episode Notes
The Man From U.N.C.L.E. was filmed in Hollywood, California, not New York City. The brown stone buildings of New York's East Side district were actually a studio back lot, with interiors all done in L.A.

On occasion, the show would use stock footage of world locations or custom shoot something in other parts of the country or world. But more than once, if a viewer is careful, the reflection of a palm tree or mountain can be seen in "New York" street windows.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Jerry Goldsmith"Meet Mr. Solo" 
Jerry Goldsmith's"Invaders" theme 

Episode Goofs
A continuity flub is seen when Mr. Waverly hands Napoleon Solo a file. The wide shot shows the file transfer in a hallway vacant of all objects. But in the close-up, when the file is handed off, there's a telephone directly in the background when there was no phone or anything else in the hall.

At the end of the pilot episode, Robert Vaughn speaks directly to the camera, inviting viewers and advertisers to come back each week for more adventures.

In this short clip, Solo mistakenly informs the watcher that the U.N.C.L.E. headquarters is in New York's East Fifties, when in actuality, it's supposed to be the East Forties.

He also introduced actor Will Kuluva, who was to play his boss Mr. Allison. Kuluva would appear in the pilot only, turning over that role to Leo G. Carroll who would be featured as Mr. Waverly throught out the series.

Warning: The Man From U.N.C.L.E. season 1 episode 1 guide may contain spoilers
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