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

The Virtue Affair - S2-E11

Continuity mistake: While he's running through the woods with his hands cuffed behind him, Illya's sleeves alternate, between shots, from pushed up above his elbows to pulled all the way down to his wrists. (00:26:50)

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The Yo-Ho-Ho and a Bottle of Rum Affair - S3-E19

Revealing mistake: The ship is supposedly pitching heavily in stormy seas. But because the tilting effect is merely the camera moving, the whiskey bottle, glass and other items on Captain Morton's desk don't slide or fall off. In fact, they don't move at all. (00:23:15)

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The Deadly Goddess Affair - S2-E17

Continuity mistake: Malik begins peeling an orange with his dagger as Hubris threatens to brainwash Solo. But when the shot cuts, he starts peeling the same orange all over again. (00:25:50)

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The Bridge of Lions Affair (2) - S2-E21

Continuity mistake: At the end of Part 1, Sir Norman enters the rejuvenation device and immediately gets younger. As Part 2 begins, however, he emerges from the machine looking the same, and Dr. Gritsky says that his rejuvenation will occur gradually over the next few days. (00:03:30)

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The Minus-X Affair - S2-E29

Other mistake: Waverly asks Illya to move the map on the display screen more to the left. Illya touches a button, and the map moves - to the right. (00:15:50)

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The Yo-Ho-Ho and a Bottle of Rum Affair - S3-E19

Factual error: The intro screen says we're in Hong Kong as a ship with Illya trapped aboard steams out of the harbor. We then cut to an exterior shot of the ship departing what we've just been told is Hong Kong - with, unmistakably, the Golden Gate Bridge in the background. (00:05:25)

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The Adriatic Express Affair - S2-E13

Revealing mistake: When his body is lying in the baggage car, the "dead" chauffeur's eyelids twitch. (00:23:40)

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The Deadly Quest Affair - S4-E8

Revealing mistake: A large piece of the drinking glass Illya smashes has already fallen out before he breaks it. (00:19:40)

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The My Friend, the Gorilla Affair - S3-E14

Continuity mistake: Prince Khufu is holding his seal of office medallion in one hand, showing it to Illya. But in the very next cut, his hands are on his cloak instead and the medallion is again hanging around his neck. (00:00:45)

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The Matterhorn Affair - S3-E24

Continuity mistake: Marvin has a homing-pigeon hat. When he's pushed off the precipice, his hat falls off. After a shot of his sister screaming, we cut back to Marvin still falling, and his hat is back on, falling off again. But it's somehow back on his head yet again when he's rescued a few scenes later. (00:38:45 - 00:40:10)

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The Deadly Smorgasbord Affair - S3-E18

Continuity mistake: Dr. Nillson's suspended animation device is said to freeze only living matter. But when it's accidentally set off and freezes the dancing teenagers, it stops the record player, too. And when the teens are re-animated, so is the music. (00:04:15)

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The Pieces of Fate Affair - S3-E23

Continuity mistake: The establishing shot is of the real NBC Studios in Burbank, and the sign touts "KNBC-4," also the real Los Angeles NBC affiliate. But when we cut to a scene supposedly inside the studio, the call letters on the talk show host's desk are those of the fictional station KFLO. (00:00:05)

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The Survival School Affair - S4-E10

Continuity mistake: Cutter demonstrates the loop-tightening garrote by pulling on it until it's a tiny 1-inch circle. But when Illya picks it up in the next shot, it's returned itself to its original 6-inch loop size. (00:05:05)

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The Deadly Goddess Affair - S2-E17

Factual error: Solo's communicator starts transmitting all by itself. He's bound and tied when Illya calls, but somehow the "ring tone" stops and the frequency opens, allowing Illya to hear what the bad guys are saying, all while the unanswered and untouched device is still in Solo's pocket. (00:27:55)

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The Bridge of Lions Affair (2) - S2-E21

Factual error: Dr. Gritsky over-rejuvenates himself at the end and turns into a young boy - who for some inexplicable reason still has the adult doctor's mustache. (00:47:00)

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The Suburbia Affair - S3-E17

Factual error: Betsy orders and picks up the rare drug for Willoby at the pharmacy, without a doctor's prescription and without identifying who it's for. Even in the 1960s, FDA laws weren't that lax. No pharmacist would have filled such an order. (00:23:20)

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The Hula Doll Affair - S3-E22

Visible crew/equipment: When Illya, outside in front of the skyscraper office building, stands beside the cab talking on his communicator, the boom mike is visible over his head throughout the shot. (00:40:00)

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The Pop Art Affair - S3-E6

Continuity mistake: Sylvia is carrying her huge "opus" sculpture out of the art gallery. In the next cut, though, we see a full shot of her showing both her hands empty: she's not holding the sculpture. Next shot, she has it back in her hands again. (00:24:25)

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The Sort of Do-It-Yourself Dreadful Affair - S3-E2

Revealing mistake: Thrush's android army is composed of dozens of identical robot women. The first 6 we see (from behind) do have identical heights, shapes, clothes and wigs. But we then see shots of girls with varying shapes and hair lengths, capped by a far-too-close angle on their obvious (and very bad) rubber masks. (00:42:00 - 00:44:50)

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The Napoleon's Tomb Affair - S3-E20

Continuity mistake: The buildings visible from Tunick's hotel suite balcony are completely different at night from those that were showing during the day. (00:17:45 - 00:30:30)

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Napoleon Solo: My name is Napoleon Solo. I'm an enforcement agent in Section Two here. That's operations and enforcement.
Illya Kuryakin: I am Illya Kuryakin. I am also an enforcement agent. Like my friend Napoleon, I go and I do whatever I am told to by our chief.
Alexander Waverly: Hmm? Oh, yes. Alexander Waverly. Number One in Section One. In charge of this, our New York headquarters. It's from here that I send these young men on their various missions.

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Trivia: "The Man From U.N.C.L.E.'s" original working title was "Solo," and its lead character was named for a spy with a minor role in one of Ian Fleming's early Bond novels. U.N.C.L.E. producer Norman Felton had a handshake agreement with Fleming to use the name and to develop "Solo" as a TV spy series. But the Bond film franchise had other ideas, reneged on the agreement on Fleming's behalf, and sued, forcing the title change. Felton prevailed only in retaining the character's name: Napoleon Solo.

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