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

Season 1 Episode 1

The Vulcan Affair

Aired Tuesday 8:30 PM Sep 22, 1964 on NBC
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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.


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    Pat Crowley

    Pat Crowley

    Elaine May Donaldson

    Guest Star

    Fritz Weaver

    Fritz Weaver

    Andrew Vulcan

    Guest Star

    William Marshall

    William Marshall


    Guest Star

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • 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.

    • 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.

      • Napoleon: No no no no no. You see, you're--you're pushing when you should be guiding. Excuse me. You see, it's all in the right hand, like this, flat. Palm beneath your partner's right shoulder blade, arm rigid, and then when you turn, she follows. Thus. Oh, by the way, I'm cutting in.

      • Elaine May: Well, I do admire him and I don't believe all those terrible things you've told me about him. He just isn't like that.
        Napoleon: Elaine, if that blood you washed off my face doesn't impress you, then I would suggest that you go down to the river tomorrow and watch them fish out what's left of my car.

      • Napoleon: Are you afraid?
        Elaine May: Of course I'm afraid.
        Napoleon: But not of Vulcan. She's the one you're afraid of, isn't she? Look at how well she wears the clothes. The jewels. She mixes with important people. She enjoys meeting them. The excitement of a Washington party. But Elaine Donaldson has no place here, has she? You have to go home, back to being an ordinary housewife. You're afraid that when the time comes, you won't be able to walk away from what you see in that mirror.

      • Napoleon: And you must have been patient, Mr. Ashumen, to have posed as a patriot all those years while you set your country up for THRUSH to take over.
        Ashumen: THRUSH is my country.

      • Napoleon: Sorry.
        Elaine May: Oh, you were very clear about the risks involved. I understood them and I accepted them. You mustn't blame yourself.
        Napoleon: Of course I don't blame myself. It had to be done.

    • 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.

      • The theatrical version is entitled To Trap A Spy. Leo G. Carrol plays U.N.C.L.E. Chief Mr. Waverly in the TV version but in the movie the character's name is changed to Mr. Allison and is played by Will Kuluva.

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