The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

The Vulcan Affair

Season 1, Ep 1, Aired 9/22/64
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  • Episode Description
  • The Technological Hierarchy for the Removal of Undesirables and the Subjugation of Humanity (THRUSH) launches an attack on the New York headquarters of the United Network Command for Law-Enforcement (U.N.C.L.E.) in order to kill Alexander Waverly, head of the agency. But the THRUSH agents are caught when they try to enter the headquarters building. The assassination attempt was made because Waverly has become aware of the plot by THRUSH murderer Andrew Vulcan to murder a visiting dignitary, Premier Ashumen of Natumba. To stop him, top U.N.C.L.E. agent Napoleon Solo is sent to prevent any harm coming to the African leader.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Pat Crowley

    Elaine May Donaldson

  • Fritz Weaver

    Andrew Vulcan

  • William Marshall


  • Ivan Dixon

    Jean Francis Soumarin

  • Victoria Shaw

    Gracie Ladovan

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (10)

    • Waverly: Their idea was to prevent me from acting on some new information we just received. Here. You can have the information. Then THRUSH can try and kill you for awhile.

    • Napoleon: Now, uh, whatever happened to red lipsticks? You know, this is a fraud against men.
      Female Passenger: Why? Under the new lipsticks are the same old lips.
      Napoleon: Well, that's a comfort.

    • Reverend Anderson: All I can say to you is that the Bishop asked me to vouch for Mr. Solo. In all conscience, the best I can do is vouch for the Bishop.

    • Napoleon: As of now, you are Elaine Van Avery of Northridge, Oklahoma.
      Elaine May: Well, what's wrong with being just me?
      Napoleon: Well, because, it will help if you're a little more important than you.

    • Napoleon: Well, you musn't forget. I've told you about the organization we're dealing with. They kill people the way people kill flies. A careless flick of the wrist, a reflex action.

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    Notes (6)

    • Solo was named by Ian Fleming, one of the consultants when this series was being planned, and he borrowed the name from a character (a gangster) of his James Bond novel Goldfinger. Luciana Paluzzi (Angela) was Fiona Volpe in the James Bond film Thunderball (1965). And in a very minor appearance (a pair of shots only), as a goon in the Vulcan facility who faces Solo, we see Richard Kiel (uncredited), later famous as deadly "Jaws" in James Bond movies The Spy Who Loved Me (1975) and Moonraker (1977).

    • Filmed: November 20-22, 26-27, 29, 1963; additional footage March 31, April 1-2, 1964.

    • Production # for feature version, To Trap a Spy, #6006.

    • Formerly "The Vulcan Files".

    • The movie is an edited and expanded version of the original pilot. Rumor has it that after viewing the pilot an executive said "Go ahead, but lose the guy with the K name." He meant Kuryakin (McCallum), but it was Will Kuluva who got the axe. The rest, as they say, is history.

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    Trivia (2)

    • When Waverly hands Napoleon the file on Vulcan, they're standing in a corridor. However, in the next closeup shot of the file, a telephone is visible behind the file, as if someone were holding it just above a desk.

    • In the movie version Thrush is called 'Wasp' but is clearly dubbed over.

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