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

The Quadripartite Affair - S1-E3

Plot hole: Solo blows open the ceiling vent of Illya and Marion's cell, and she stands on Illya's shoulders until Solo can reach her and pull her out. This leaves Illya with nothing/no one to stand on, no way to reach the vent and no apparent way out of the cell. But he's out just the same in the next scene, with no explanation as to how. (00:42:40)

Jean G

The Four-Steps Affair - S1-E21

Revealing mistake: Solo is driving on a country road through a wooded area with no street lights. So what are all those bright round lights reflecting on the hood and windshield of his car? UFOs? (00:10:10)

Jean G

The King of Knaves Affair - S1-E13

Revealing mistake: Illya's stunt double during the balcony fight is painfully obvious: his face and bad wig are visible throughout the scene. (00:18:15)

Jean G

The Quadripartite Affair - S1-E3

Revealing mistake: The Thrush guard Solo & Illya toss over the bridge railing during their escape from the compound is a little too obviously a dummy. (00:44:05)

Jean G

The Deadly Decoy Affair - S1-E15

Continuity mistake: In the intro, Illya gets into the car and as he's talking to Solo, finishes the last of his breakfast donut in close-up. When we cut to a two-shot, he finishes the donut all over again. (00:03:40)

Jean G

The Neptune Affair - S1-E11

Revealing mistake: Every time the villains' deadly gas, "hydro," is mentioned, the word is badly and very obviously dubbed in, and doesn't match what the actors' lips are saying. This occurred because the original name used, "freon," turned out to be an existing (and patented) refrigerant gas, so the name had to be changed to avoid a trademark lawsuit. (00:28:45)

Jean G

The King of Diamonds Affair - S2-E25

Continuity mistake: Stock footage strikes again. Delgado's plane changes from a blue and white 1960s aircraft to a 1950s-style silver prop job when it lands. (00:32:30 - 00:37:35)

Jean G

The King of Knaves Affair - S1-E13

Factual error: Supposedly engraved on a ceremonial sword is the wrong date - 1443 - for the fall of Constantinople. That happened in 1453. (00:33:15)

Jean G

The Project Strigas Affair - S1-E9

Continuity mistake: When Danfield opens the briefcase, the bundles of money inside are disarrayed, and he jumbles them further. A few shots later, though he hasn't touched them again, they've straightened themselves into nice, neat piles. (00:29:45)

Jean G

The Foreign Legion Affair - S2-E22

Continuity mistake: When Solo begins trying to seduce the dancing girl with the line, "We shall taste paradise," he's standing at least a foot away from her. But in the very next shot, they're suddenly in a clinch: her hands are on his cheeks and they're about to kiss. (00:29:15)

Jean G

The Deadly Decoy Affair - S1-E15

Continuity mistake: The gas-spewing suitcase that Solo tosses off the stopped train is gone a minute later when Stryker and Miss Parsons jump to the ground. (00:23:50)

Jean G

The Secret Sceptre Affair - S1-E19

Continuity mistake: Solo, Illya and Zia get out of the car and run into the woods, leaving the rear passenger-side door standing open. When they return, the door has somehow closed itself. (00:36:30)

Jean G

The Yellow Scarf Affair - S1-E17

Plot hole: The typewriter case containing the secret plans is said to be boobytrapped with nitroglycerine. If dropped, says the Thrush agent, it "could blow us all up." Yet it survives a plane crash intact and is later wielded as a club several times in the cavern fight scene, and somehow it never explodes. (00:43:05)

Jean G

The Fiddlesticks Affair - S1-E16

Continuity mistake: In the opening scene, the camouflage make-up smeared on Illya's face is completely different in close-up than it is in full shot. (00:02:15)

Jean G

The Apple A Day Affair - S3-E27

Revealing mistake: Gardner and Illya are chained to a mine shaft post and the Thrush bad guys trigger a cave-in to seal them in. As the debris falls, you can see the entire "stone" wall behind them rock and wobble flimsily from side to side. (00:23:50)

Jean G

The Four-Steps Affair - S1-E21

Continuity mistake: In Waverly's office at the beginning, the contemplative Illya's hand is draped over his glasses salute-fashion in wide shot. But in close-up, it's suddenly curled into a fist at the side of his head. Next shot, he's "saluting" again. (00:06:50)

Jean G

The Green Opal Affair - S1-E6

Continuity mistake: Aboard the yacht, Solo tucks his gun into his waistband. Next shot, as he takes cash out of the box, the gun has disappeared. It reappears in the shot after that.

Jean G

The Green Opal Affair - S1-E6

Continuity mistake: In Waverly's office, Illya hones his combat skills by swinging at a suspended wooden block with a baseball bat. When the alarm goes off, Illya puts the bat down on the table, and he and Solo rush to the computer console. In the next, reverse angle shot, the block is still hanging from the ceiling, but the baseball bat has vanished from the table.

Jean G

The Neptune Affair - S1-E11

Revealing mistake: Here, in the opening scenes at U.N.C.L.E. headquarters, as well as in a number of other first season episodes, the unmarried Illya is inexplicably wearing a wedding ring. (00:02:35)

Jean G

The Giuoco Piano Affair - S1-E7

Revealing mistake: When they're fleeing down the side of the mountain, Illya and Marion gain a sudden 25 lbs. each, thanks to the use of two very conspicuous stunt doubles. (00:39:40)

Jean G

The Quadripartite Affair - S1-E3

Revealing mistake: At the very end, in Waverly's office, the boom shadow is prominently visible on the door. (00:46:20)

Jean G

The Deadly Goddess Affair - S2-E17

Continuity mistake: At the end, Solo and Illya are sitting at a small bistro table as the captured bad guys are marched past them. Solo wears a green fez, and between shots, Illya suddenly acquires a red one. It wasn't in his hands or on the table before that: it just seems to appear on his head out of nowhere. (00:48:35)

Jean G

The Deadly Goddess Affair - S2-E17

Continuity mistake: When Hubris and his henchmen confront Narouz, three of the men change positions instantly when the shot cuts to a closer angle. A few shots later, Malik instantly "jumps" from behind Hubris to a spot right beside him. (00:20:05)

Jean G

The Four-Steps Affair - S1-E21

Continuity mistake: At the end, Solo & Illya land the helicopter on top of the furniture van. But after the shot of them in the cockpit bumping to a landing, a wide shot shows the copter still hovering in the air above the van. Cut back to them in the cockpit and they're landed again; back to the wide shot, still in the air. (00:44:35)

Jean G

The Re-Collector's Affair - S2-E6

Factual error: Posing as an art collector, Solo tells the Re-collectors that he owned a valuable painting looted 20 years ago by the Nazis during the war. Improbable at best, and oddly, they don't seem at all curious as to how the 30-something Solo might have afforded such a treasure when he'd have been 12-15 years old at the time. (00:08:45)

Jean G

The Brain-Killer Affair - S1-E23

Revealing mistake: Solo pushes the chief from Calcutta's wheelchair into an elevator in UNCLE headquarters. The floor going into the lift, however, is visibly solid, with no break to allow for a real elevator's movement. (00:14:55)

Jean G

The King of Diamonds Affair - S2-E25

Continuity mistake: At the end, Mr. Waverly puts his newspaper down on the table and prepares to get up. When the shot cuts to a longer view, he puts the paper down again before rising. (00:48:05)

Jean G

The King of Diamonds Affair - S2-E25

Continuity mistake: Delgado's plane makes a bumpy landing (without a runway) and skids to a stop in the Brazilian jungle, surrounded by palm trees. But when everyone gets off, the plane is suddenly parked in the midst of an industrial compound with buildings all around it, and no palm trees in sight. (00:37:45)

Jean G

The King of Knaves Affair - S1-E13

Factual error: For a supposed language expert, Illya speaks very poor German. Entering the night club, he introduces himself with the line, "Ich bin Herr Strickland." That's terrible grammar. It should be, "Ich heisse Herr Strickland." (00:10:00)

Jean G

The Bow-Wow Affair - S1-E20

Visible crew/equipment: In the woods in the dead of night, Illya opens his car door and captures the reflection of the big round studio light illuminating the scene. (00:35:45)

Jean G
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The Alexander the Greater Affair (1) - S2-E1

Character mistake: When Alexander organizes the human chess game in his courtyard, the "pieces" stand the wrong way on the board, with a dark square in the lower right hand corner. That corner is always a light square. (00:22:50)

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The Girls of Nazarone Affair - S1-E28

Plot hole: Illya dives into the pool to rescue Solo and Lavinia, who've been tied to mattresses and left to drown. Somehow, Illya divines that Solo will be able to free himself. He swims to Lavinia and cuts her free while Solo is still sinking, then heads for the ladder without looking back. Fortunately, his psychic powers are on target: an untied Solo soon appears, swimming free, behind him. (00:38:10)

Jean G

The Pop Art Affair - S3-E6

Factual error: Ole and all the Thrush baddies call the missing chemical component a "catalyzer," repeating the term throughout the episode. This was a scriptwriter's error, which only David McCallum, to his credit, corrected: he had Illya say "catalyst," which is what the writer meant. "Catalyzer" isn't a word. (00:10:45)

Jean G

The Super-Colossal Affair - S3-E4

Plot hole: Bound and chained, Illya is dropped into a huge vat of wet plaster. Yet he's able to miraculously produce a 5-foot-long straw from somewhere (where was he hiding that?) to breathe through while the plaster dries around him. (00:36:45)

Jean G

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

Continuity mistake: The bullet holes Solo puts in the attacking robot's chest disappear and reappear several times between shots as it pursues him. (00:02:15)

Jean G

The Deadly Toys Affair - S2-E9

Plot hole: Solo hopes that Elfie can fly the helicopter they're about to escape in. Why? It's a standard-issue helicopter: nothing special. Did both he and Illya, who've flown many 'copters in previous episodes, suddenly forget how? (00:46:50)

Jean G

The Master's Touch Affair - S4-E6

Continuity mistake: As he's sprawled unconscious on the floor of Valendros' cell, the position of Illya's arm keeps changing between shots. (00:19:10)

Jean G

The Concrete Overcoat Affair (1) - S3-E11

Continuity mistake: Solo and Illya, chasing a Thrush agent, are driving a white Dodge. When their car overturns, it not only turns blue, it changes into another model of car altogether. (00:02:35)

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The Deadly Toys Affair - S2-E9

Continuity mistake: The remote-controlled model plane with the explosive on board keeps changing colors between shots. It's yellow and blue at first, then yellow and red, and in one shot, it's red and white. (00:12:30)

Jean G

The Tigers are Coming Affair - S2-E8

Revealing mistake: The underwater bomb, according to the bad guys' dialogue, is supposed to be triggered by a boat hitting a tripwire strung between two buoys. But it explodes when the boat is still several feet away from the buoys. (00:44:30)

Jean G

The Never-Never Affair - S1-E25

Plot hole: Mr. Varner spots Illya down the street and says, "I think he's another U.N.C.L.E. agent." His uncertainty is odd: he helped identify and chase Illya earlier in the episode, so he already knew to be fact what he only "thinks" in this later scene. (00:38:35)

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The Concrete Overcoat Affair (1) - S3-E11

Continuity mistake: The recuperating Solo has a towel on his forehead. But as he's telling Pia his name, the towel disappears between shots. (00:19:20)

Jean G

The Deadly Decoy Affair - S1-E15

Continuity mistake: When he's on the hospital gurney, Stryker's hands are extended over his head in one shot, and in the very next, they're tucked down under the covers. (00:43:55)

Jean G

The Round Table Affair - S2-E27

Factual error: Artie refers to Illya as "an American citizen abroad," and Illya agrees, apparently forgetting that he isn't. (He's a Russian citizen.). (00:03:00)

Jean G

The Waverly Ring Affair - S2-E19

Visible crew/equipment: When Solo enters the scanning room, the shadow of the boom assembly sweeps down the wall on the right side of the door. (00:07:40)

Jean G

The Adriatic Express Affair - S2-E13

Continuity mistake: In all the interior shots, the overnight express train is fully booked and crowded with people. But in the exterior shots, we're shown a train with all the lights on inside - and not a single person aboard. (00:44:35)

Jean G

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

Revealing mistake: Illya's car collides with Madame de Sala's. But it's very obvious that the cars don't actually strike each other, and later shots of her vehicle show no damage at all where it was supposedly hit. (00:26:00)

Jean G

The Prince of Darkness Affair (1) - S4-E4

Factual error: Solo is supposedly in Iran, yet there are scores of women in the crowd wearing skimpy, sleeveless tops and mini-skirts. Even in the Shah's Westernized Iran of the 1960s, this was still a Muslim country. Women (including tourists) were not permitted to appear in public without "modestly" covering their arms and legs. (00:11:00)

Jean G

The Seven Wonders of the World Affair (1) - S4-E15

Revealing mistake: Illya flies a helicopter to the Himalayas in search of Solo, and at the same time, Kingsley's men are loading an unconscious Solo into another copter. Not only do the two helicopters look suspiciously similar - they have the exact same registration number: N73959. (00:44:40 - 00:46:30)

Jean G

The Arabian Affair - S2-E7

Factual error: Thrush lands a rather large private jet right next to its secret lab. In the Arabian desert. In the sand. Without a runway. (00:39:20)

Jean G

The Brain-Killer Affair - S1-E23

Continuity mistake: In the stairwell, Illya shoots the second Thrush gunman one time. When the man starts to fall, there are no holes or marks at all on his white jacket. A few seconds later, as he finishes falling down the stairs, three bullet holes suddenly appear in his coat, even though Illya only shot him once. (00:42:00)

Jean G

The Matterhorn Affair - S3-E24

Continuity mistake: Illya slams the door on the approaching gunman and holds it with his foot until the lock is turned, then lowers his leg. Cut to a wider shot, and he takes his foot off the door all over again. (00:35:45)

Jean G

The It's All Greek to Me Affair - S3-E21

Continuity mistake: The table with the code papers resting on it is smashed during the fight in the final act. Yet, when the fight is nearly over, the table has restored itself with the papers still on it, only to be squashed all over again. (00:45:00 - 00:47:05)

Jean G

The Test Tube Killer Affair - S4-E2

Revealing mistake: The stolen green sedan has normal windows in exterior shots. But in all the closer views (shot in-studio and processed with rear-screen projection), the car has no glass in its windshield. (00:41:00)

Jean G

The Birds and the Bees Affair - S2-E18

Visible crew/equipment: The shadow of someone who's not in the shot intrudes on the right side of the screen as Solo exits the communications room and enters the corridor. (00:02:15)

Jean G

The Very Important Zombie Affair - S2-E15

Visible crew/equipment: Captain Ramirez's car has a flat on a dirt road in the middle of the jungle. But on his car door, there's a clear reflection of a big square studio reflector and four klieg lights. (00:23:00)

Jean G

The Five Daughters Affair (2) - S3-E29

Factual error: Somehow, Thrush lands its big jumbo jet at the polar ice cap. In the snow. Without a runway. (00:33:05)

Jean G

The Virtue Affair - S2-E11

Continuity mistake: Solo's white gloves are on, off, and on again between takes as he and Albert run from the courtyard, search for the control room, and then finally go back for Illya. (00:44:15)

Jean G

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

Continuity mistake: The ship we see steaming out of Hong Kong (with Illya aboard) is shown later out on the open sea - only it's not the same ship. The first was painted black: the ship we see later is white. (00:05:25 - 00:08:30)

Jean G

The Alexander the Greater Affair (1) - S2-E1

Plot hole: Bad guys tie lousy knots. Solo's bonds at the end are so loose that he easily slips his feet free to stop the swinging blade. And the rope across his chest does nothing to pinion his elbows or lower arms. He could have reached up with his hands to catch the blade at any time. (00:44:30)

Jean G

The Deadly Quest Affair - S4-E8

Continuity mistake: Solo and Sheila are against a brick wall with a pipe just behind them as Karmak's leopard approaches. There's a long shot of them edging away to the left, away from the pipe. But in the next close-up, they're back at the same spot with the pipe behind them again. (00:41:55)

Jean G

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

Visible crew/equipment: During his fistfight with the burly body guard outside Sir Norman's estate, Illya's stunt double's face is visible in profile. (00:40:15)

Jean G

The Take Me to Your Leader Affair - S3-E16

Continuity mistake: Illya's shirt tail is hanging out when he heads for the window to use his home-made slingshot, but has tucked itself back in a few shots later, when he climbs out the window. (00:39:15)

Jean G

The Pop Art Affair - S3-E6

Continuity mistake: The Thrush assassins have an armed golf cart (with a machine gun that handily spews both flames and bullets at the same time). When the cart overturns, the two men fall into a sand trap and tumble several feet away from the vehicle. In the very next shot, they're lying right beside the cart again. (00:02:40)

Jean G

The Cap and Gown Affair - S3-E30

Continuity mistake: Solo picks up a book, The History of Pacifism, and shows it to Illya, holding it at the bottom. Cut to a close-up insert and his fingers have instantly migrated up to the middle of the book. Cut back to the wider shot, and he's no longer holding the book at all. It's back on the table. (00:19:10)

Jean G

The Cap and Gown Affair - S3-E30

Factual error: The jailed student protestors are dancing in their cell to a jazzy tune. But they have no radio or record player - just one guy with a guitar. They seem to have conjured the accompanying saxophone, jazz clarinets and percussion section out of thin air. (00:11:00)

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The Waverly Ring Affair - S2-E19

Continuity mistake: In close-up, Illya is covering the phone receiver with his left hand, but drops the hand to his side when he tells the operator, "Never mind." There's an immediate cut to a wider angle, and his left hand is suddenly back on the receiver in the same position as before. (00:24:00)

Jean G

The Monks of St. Thomas Affair - S3-E5

Factual error: Illya leaps onto the rope in the monastery tower, causing the bell to ring. After sliding down the rope to the floor, he then identifies the tone as "B Major 7th." But the musically-literate Illya should know better. B Major 7th is a chord (B, D-sharp, F-sharp, A-sharp), not a single note. (00:41:45)

Jean G

The THRUSH Roulette Affair - S4-E7

Continuity mistake: In close-up, the brainwashed Illya holds the Luger at an angle, close to his face. But when the shot cuts, he's suddenly holding it straight and much lower, level with his chest. Next close-up, it's back in the original position again. (00:40:10)

Jean G

The Test Tube Killer Affair - S4-E2

Continuity mistake: Greg pulls Christine into the alley. When he says, "It's no good," he's standing squarely face-to-face with her. But in the very next shot, he's moved to a side-on position with his head turned toward her. (00:30:55)

Jean G

The Test Tube Killer Affair - S4-E2

Continuity mistake: The positions of the fencing school students supposedly standing still behind Greg change constantly between shots as the instructor addresses them. (00:06:00)

Jean G

The Dippy Blonde Affair - S2-E16

Continuity mistake: Pendleton swallows a suicide capsule and collapses at the interrogation table face down between two file folders. But when the shot cuts to a different angle, his head has instantly moved several inches to the right and is resting in the middle of one of the folders instead of in between them. (00:17:00)

Jean G

The 'J' for Judas Affair - S4-E3

Continuity mistake: In the intro, Illya shows Solo an automatic rifle he's retrieved after the shoot-out in the mausoleum. In full shot, he's holding his U.N.C.L.E. Special pistol in his right hand as he points to the logo on the rifle's stock. In the close-up insert of his hand, the Special disappears. (00:02:50)

Jean G

The Prince of Darkness Affair (2) - S4-E5

Continuity mistake: Events in the opening recap here differ from those in the previous episode. At the end of part 1, Solo climbs the boat ladder with his hands still tied, loses balance and falls back to the deck. In part 2's recap, he gets his hands free immediately, and never climbs the ladder. (00:03:15)

Jean G

The Concrete Overcoat Affair (2) - S3-E12

Revealing mistake: Solo's boat is blown up by Strago's new superweapon. But stock footage used for the explosion is a little too obvious: the picture abruptly changes from color to black-and-white. (00:14:30)

Jean G

The Galatea Affair - S3-E3

Factual error: Mark Slate's hidden spy camera sure is sophisticated. It cuts to close-ups, pans, zooms, and even edits the live picture, all by itself. (00:05:15)

Jean G

The Tigers are Coming Affair - S2-E8

Continuity mistake: The gag covering Suzanne's mouth changes position (the patterns on the cloth have shifted) when she gets up to kick the bad guys off the dock into the water. (00:44:40)

Jean G

The Never-Never Affair - S1-E25

Revealing mistake: U.N.C.L.E. headquarters must be full of elevators that don't go anywhere. When Mandy enters Solo's elevator car, she crosses a solid threshold with no break in the floor. (00:10:35)

Jean G

The See-Paris-and-Die Affair - S1-E22

Other mistake: Solo seems to forget just who called whom when he calls Illya on the communicator. After Illya picks up, Solo answers as though Illya had called him instead. (00:32:40)

Jean G

The Her Master's Voice Affair - S3-E1

Continuity mistake: When the taxi leaves the airport, it's a 1965 Ford. When next seen en route, it's a 1958 model with really big tail fins. When it arrives at the house, it's a '65 again, with no tail fins. (00:20:30)

Jean G

The Master's Touch Affair - S4-E6

Revealing mistake: Solo's little red sports car has an intact windshield in the studio processed shots (done indoors with rear-screen projection). But in all the outdoor shots of the car, the windshield is, for some strange reason, missing entirely. (00:24:20)

Jean G

The Round Table Affair - S2-E27

Visible crew/equipment: As the bus door is pulled shut at the end, the glass in its window captures the reflection of a big round studio light. (00:45:10)

Jean G

The Waverly Ring Affair - S2-E19

Plot hole: Waverly installs the explosive ring on Solo's finger and arms it, then says, "No one is to know you've been issued a priority ring." Odd command. It's a huge and conspicuous gold and red ring that he can't take off, and everyone at U.N.C.L.E. knows what it is. So how can Solo possibly keep it a secret? (00:07:25)

Jean G

The Children's Day Affair - S2-E12

Continuity mistake: The glass in the windshield of Solo and Illya's car is there, then not there, then there again and so on, depending on whether the shot is actually outdoors or processed in studio. (00:00:30)

Jean G

The THRUSH Roulette Affair - S4-E7

Visible crew/equipment: When Solo and Coleman call Monica from the hotel, the shadow of the entire boom mike assembly is bobbing up and down on the wall above and behind them. (00:25:10)

Jean G

The Birds and the Bees Affair - S2-E18

Continuity mistake: A swarm of bees blackens the windshield of Solo & Illya's car. We see them in all the interior shots, but every time it cuts to an exterior view, the windshield is perfectly clear. (00:04:15)

Jean G

The Dippy Blonde Affair - S2-E16

Visible crew/equipment: While Solo is reading Jojo's arrest record to her, the shadow of a film crew member's hand moves on the wall at the lower left of the screen. (00:14:15)

Jean G

The Very Important Zombie Affair - S2-E15

Visible crew/equipment: When Solo and Illya move across the room to answer the door, the shadow of the boom can be seen moving in the mirror on the left. (00:13:05)

Jean G

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

Revealing mistake: MGM often recycled props from its earlier films. Here, the head of Robby the Robot from "Forbidden Planet" is used as part of the rejuvenation machine. (00:33:30)

Jean G

The Ultimate Computer Affair - S2-E3

Continuity mistake: When Cervantes shoots Rodriguez, a shell casing from his gun lands on the metal storage container beside him. But in the next shot of him, it's disappeared. (00:31:25)

Jean G

The Candidate's Wife Affair - S3-E8

Continuity mistake: Fairbanks fires at the intruders from the doorway of his house. In the next shot, however, he's leaped forward several feet and is now firing from behind a large chair. (00:39:00)

Jean G

The 'J' for Judas Affair - S4-E3

Factual error: Apparently, U.N.C.L.E. bullets can do 180s. Illya fires at the fleeing Thrush limo from behind, and without hitting any of its other (closed) windows, somehow puts two bullets through the car's front windshield. (00:48:20)

Jean G

The Waverly Ring Affair - S2-E19

Visible crew/equipment: After George's hypnosis and brainwashing are complete, the boom slips into the shot at the upper right corner of the screen. (00:12:10)

Jean G

The Virtue Affair - S2-E11

Continuity mistake: When Illya and Vogler practice shooting arrows at the "No Hunting" sign, the "I" is completely there one moment, then acquires a huge white chip in its base without being hit by an arrow. A few shots later, it's intact again. (00:19:00)

Jean G

The 'J' for Judas Affair - S4-E3

Continuity mistake: At the airfield, Illya stands near a bright red fuel truck marked "FLAMMABLE." Every time the shot changes, his position shifts from standing to the right of the final E to blocking it altogether. (00:23:35)

Jean G

The Off Broadway Affair - S3-E10

Plot hole: U.N.C.L.E.'s pen communicators worked much like modern cell phones: when one agent called another, they "rang" with a 2-tone signal. For some reason in this episode, Solo's pen, which isn't on an open circuit, transmits Illya's voice without ringing first. It signals normally a few scenes later, though. (00:27:55 - 00:34:15)

Jean G

The King of Diamonds Affair - S2-E25

Continuity mistake: Illya removes his shoes, leaves them on the ground and climbs the guard tower barefooted. But in the following shots, his shoes have reappeared on his feet. (00:42:50)

Jean G

The My Friend, the Gorilla Affair - S3-E14

Continuity mistake: The giant (and obviously fake) spider is beside Marsha, crawling toward her extended right hand when Illya tells her to freeze. But when he clobbers the foam-rubber menace in the next shot, he attacks the grass behind her. And her right hand, stretched out on the grass when he said "Freeze," has instantaneously moved to her lap between takes. (00:29:05)

Jean G

The Deep Six Affair - S4-E14

Continuity mistake: The black Cadillac that pulls up to the guard house is a standard 60s Caddy with 4 doors, 2 bench seats and 4 passengers that we can see. But in the interior shot, there are 7 passengers sitting in a limo-sized Cadillac with a 3rd bench seat and 6 doors. (00:38:20)

Jean G

The Maze Affair - S4-E13

Continuity mistake: The antenna on the radio Solo steals from Febray keeps changing lengths between shots, even though he hasn't touched it. (00:44:20)

Jean G

The Moonglow Affair - S2-E23

Visible crew/equipment: During Arthur's argument with his sister over the guest list, the boom shadow moves across the wall at the upper left of the screen. (00:13:45)

Jean G

The Prince of Darkness Affair (2) - S4-E5

Revealing mistake: The same extra - a lady in a green dress - who passed Solo twice in Part 1, is sitting behind Illya in the theatre here in Part 2. This lady certainly gets around. (00:26:15)

Jean G

The Seven Wonders of the World Affair (2) - S4-E16

Visible crew/equipment: When Solo is being marched out to face the firing squad, the shadows of the camera crew are captured twice on the white pillars surrounding Kingsley's swimming pool. (00:20:15)

Jean G

The Galatea Affair - S3-E3

Plot hole: Thrush is so efficient. They divine exactly what Rosy will be wearing on the day they plan to switch her with her double, and they duplicate every last stitch - long before they've ever seen her. (00:18:20 - 00:19:25)

Jean G

The Jingle Bells Affair - S3-E15

Plot hole: Koz tells the sick boy's mother that his own son had the same illness. How does he know? There are no visible symptoms, and no one has told him what disease the boy has. (00:34:00)

Jean G

The Deadly Goddess Affair - S2-E17

Visible crew/equipment: When Hubris and his henchmen leave Narouz's bistro, the boom shadow is lurking on the block wall at the lower right. (00:20:45)

Jean G

The Dippy Blonde Affair - S2-E16

Revealing mistake: In the opening sequence, stock footage re-used from the first season has the peculiar result of turning a brief part of the otherwise all-color episode black-and-white. (00:00:20)

Jean G

The Adriatic Express Affair - S2-E13

Continuity mistake: Solo & Illya are locked in a cell in the windowless baggage car. But all of the exterior shots of the train show it hauling only window-lined passenger cars, and no baggage car at all. (00:44:30)

Jean G

The 'J' for Judas Affair - S4-E3

Revealing mistake: During the foot-chase through Tenza HQ, the Thrush gunman, with Illya in hot pursuit, races around a hallway corner. As Illya runs into the shot, the gunman's shadow reappears on the back wall, revealing the fact that the actor has stopped and is standing back there. Next shot, though, he's running down another corridor and through a door. (00:14:35)

Jean G

The Her Master's Voice Affair - S3-E1

Revealing mistake: During the fight with the phony delivery men, Illya's stunt double is easily identifiable by the fact that his wig is a completely different shade of blond that doesn't match Illya's hair at all. (00:20:30)

Jean G

The Prince of Darkness Affair (1) - S4-E4

Continuity mistake: When Solo and Illya explore the ruined African village, Solo's collar and tie are open and loose in close-ups, but buttoned and pulled up tight in full shots. (00:01:30)

Jean G

The Prince of Darkness Affair (1) - S4-E4

Revealing mistake: While Solo is on the phone at the airport, the same female extra passes him twice. Both times, she's wearing the same green dress, but the second time, her hair is re-styled and she's carrying a different suitcase. (00:11:10)

Jean G

The Ultimate Computer Affair - S2-E3

Revealing mistake: In the underground corridor, Illya knocks out a Thrush guard and then sits down to wait for Solo to turn off the electric beam blocking the way inside. Behind him, the "unconscious" guard moves his foot. (00:29:05)

Jean G

The Alexander the Greater Affair (1) - S2-E1

Continuity mistake: Parviz starts the blade swinging while he's standing directly behind it. In the very next shot, he instantly "jumps" to a position on one side instead. Probably a wise move. We're just not sure how he did it so fast. (00:44:10)

Jean G

The Take Me to Your Leader Affair - S3-E16

Plot hole: Coco asks Illya if he knew she was going to be kidnapped, and he says "At that point, I didn't even know you existed." Strange answer. He and Solo met her outside the observatory several minutes before the kidnapping, so he did know she existed. (00:20:30)

Jean G
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The Yukon Affair - S2-E14

Continuity mistake: When Victoria orders everyone to put up their hands, Illya's left coat sleeve is covering his watch in full shots, but is several inches lower, exposing the watch, in all the close-ups. (00:45:15)

Jean G

The Girls of Nazarone Affair - S1-E28

Continuity mistake: In the hotel room, Solo gives Lavinia Brown one of his cards. She's holding it in her left hand and gesturing with it as she talks to him. But when the camera angle changes slightly, the card suddenly vanishes. (00:18:25)

Jean G

The Summit-Five Affair - S4-E1

Audio problem: When Helga tries to slam the door and shouts, "Get away from me," her lips aren't moving at all. (00:29:25)

Jean G

The Matterhorn Affair - S3-E24

Continuity mistake: When the bad guys hang Marvin upside down, his tie comes loose and falls over his face. A few shots later, though, it somehow tucks itself back up again, even though his hands are tied and he couldn't have touched it. (00:23:45)

Jean G

The Virtue Affair - S2-E11

Continuity mistake: Vogler paints a target on Illya's shirt back and hunts him. The target remains constant through most of the chase, until a stunt double is brought in for a fight sequence. The double's target has a large "bite" taken out of the bull's eye. The bite goes away after the fight, and Illya's target is whole again. (00:29:20)

Jean G

The Monks of St. Thomas Affair - S3-E5

Factual error: Though he's tied up at the time, Solo somehow calls Illya on the pen communicator in his pocket. This leaves us to wonder just how he managed to uncap the pen, extend the antenna and "dial" the frequency (all of which was always necessary before) without the use of his hands. (00:31:30)

Jean G

The Jingle Bells Affair - S3-E15

Continuity mistake: When the gunmen storm the rescue mission, they enter through a 3-paned glass door with its glass intact. Cut to an interior shot of them coming in, and the glass is now completely broken out. (00:27:25)

Jean G

The Foreign Legion Affair - S2-E22

Continuity mistake: The woman sent to Solo's cell with food has two red jewels hanging from her headband onto her forehead. But after Solo finishes the meal, she suddenly has only one jewel attached to the headband. (00:18:15 - 00:28:10)

Jean G
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The Deadly Toys Affair - S2-E9

Character mistake: Both on the superimposed title of Act II, and at the airport on the large printed sign attached to the animal carrier, the word aardvark is misspelled "aardvaark." (00:17:45 - 00:24:25)

Jean G

The Ultimate Computer Affair - S2-E3

Continuity mistake: The whipped cream covering Salty's arm and hand, as she holds the mini explosive pulled from the dessert, is very thick in the first shot of her, much thinner in the next, thicker again in the next, and almost completely gone in the last shot. (00:42:20 - 00:43:45)

Jean G

The Pop Art Affair - S3-E6

Other mistake: Illya orders an espresso from Fred, the coffee house proprietor, but never pays for it. And Fred doesn't take a bill to his table or speak up when he leaves without paying. (00:10:00)

Jean G

The THRUSH Roulette Affair - S4-E7

Continuity mistake: The dust on Illya's tux lapel cleans itself off between takes when he pulls Monica out of the casino. (00:45:00)

Jean G

The Fiery Angel Affair - S4-E9

Continuity mistake: The framed photo Abaca picks up from the desk isn't the same one he shows Solo in the next shot. It's not even the same size or shape. (00:26:00)

Jean G

The Napoleon's Tomb Affair - S3-E20

Continuity mistake: During his fight with Edgar, Illya is counting aloud, waiting for the sleep dart he stabbed the big man with to take effect. Between his counts of 8 and 9, he instantly moves 3 feet to the left relative to the cardboard boxes stacked in the warehouse. (00:35:50)

Jean G

The Take Me to Your Leader Affair - S3-E16

Continuity mistake: Illya's shoe converts to an improbable electric drill. He inserts a foot-long drill bit (and just where was he hiding that when the baddies searched him?) into the flat of the heel. But when he starts drilling at the bars, the bit is sticking out of the side of the shoe instead. (00:21:15)

Jean G

The Arabian Affair - S2-E7

Continuity mistake: Sophie throws a knife that hits Illya in the front of one leg. But when the camera angle widens, she's standing on a dune behind him, nowhere near the area from which the knife was thrown. (00:04:00)

Jean G

The Very Important Zombie Affair - S2-E15

Continuity mistake: At the end, Illya leans in close to look at the voodoo doll Waverly holds. But when the shot cuts to a wider angle, Illya's suddenly standing up straight and leans in to look at the doll all over again. (00:46:15)

Jean G

The King of Diamonds Affair - S2-E25

Continuity mistake: When Solo and Miss Pogue are trapped in the shipping crate together, his hair combs itself between takes - several times. It's all over his forehead, then is suddenly neatly combed to one side, then is messy again. When the crate is opened, he's well-groomed once more. (00:32:25)

Jean G

The Fiery Angel Affair - S4-E9

Revealing mistake: The white 1967 Plymouth Valiant that's pushed off the cliff suddenly turns into a much older 1950s sedan when it goes over, revealing that the crash is stock footage. (00:40:30)

Jean G

The Fiery Angel Affair - S4-E9

Continuity mistake: Carlos asks Illya if he's an American, and Illya nods in agreement. He's not undercover and has no reason to lie, so maybe he's suffering from temporary amnesia. He's a Russian citizen working for an international organization HQ'd in New York. He lived in the US, but was never an American. (00:04:20)

Jean G

The Matterhorn Affair - S3-E24

Revealing mistake: During the fight in the cemetery, Illya's stunt double's face is fully visible several times. (00:42:50)

Jean G

The Nowhere Affair - S2-E24

Continuity mistake: Langolius' cigarette in the long black holder disappears between takes as he picks up Solo's dossier to examine it. (00:14:15)

Jean G
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The Abominable Snowman Affair - S3-E13

Continuity mistake: The first time we see the tomb being sealed, the bricklayer has built the wall up to shoulder height. When the camera shot reverses angles, the wall is suddenly only waist high. (00:41:15)

Jean G

The Deadly Smorgasbord Affair - S3-E18

Continuity mistake: Inga sure moves fast. She's stretched out on her side on the bed beside Solo, and in the very next shot, she's lying on top of him. (00:08:50)

Jean G

The Napoleon's Tomb Affair - S3-E20

Continuity mistake: Edgar collapses on the warehouse floor next to a large stack of wine boxes. But in the wider shot, as Illya unties Solo, the wine crates have disappeared. (00:36:35)

Jean G

The Five Daughters Affair (2) - S3-E29

Continuity mistake: On the ground, the mini-jet has a large yellow U.N.C.L.E. logo on its nose. In the air, the logo keeps disappearing, and the plane's tail assembly changes configurations. (00:00:10 - 00:01:35)

Jean G

The Concrete Overcoat Affair (2) - S3-E12

Visible crew/equipment: When the captured Illya is brought into Strago's conference room, the boom shadow is lurking on the curved wall over their heads. (00:12:00)

Jean G

The Arabian Affair - S2-E7

Visible crew/equipment: In the sand dune fight in the teaser scene, Illya's stunt double's face is viewable as he jumps on his attacker and rolls down the slope. (00:03:25)

Jean G

The See-Paris-and-Die Affair - S1-E22

Revealing mistake: The stock footage establishing shot of Paris shows a gray, cloudy, overcast day. But in the next shot, on the streets, it's bright and sunny. (00:01:00)

Jean G

The Prince of Darkness Affair (2) - S4-E5

Continuity mistake: Annie's U.N.C.L.E. visitor badge disappears between the hall and the doorway when Illya takes her into the reception room. (00:06:20)

Jean G

The Super-Colossal Affair - S3-E4

Continuity mistake: One of the masked gunmen is suddenly not wearing his mask, then is masked again and back and forth throughout the scuffle-in-the-bedroom scene. (00:19:45)

Jean G

The Jingle Bells Affair - S3-E15

Plot hole: Everyone is suddenly afflicted with a bizarre form of amnesia in this episode. The entire time Solo & Illya are guarding the Russian chairman, they're dealing with language and cultural barriers that shouldn't be there - because no one, including Illya himself, seems to remember the fact that Illya is also Russian. (00:48:50)

Jean G

The Birds and the Bees Affair - S2-E18

Continuity mistake: Mozart and his henchmen invade the honey shop. Illya tosses a chair at them. One man falls. Cut to Illya firing his gun, then back to Mozart - and the man who fell is suddenly in a different place and position on the floor. (00:41:00)

Jean G

The Moonglow Affair - S2-E23

Revealing mistake: Miss Moonglow's lipstick supposedly glows in the dark. But when the lights go out, a badly superimposed special effect causes the glowing lips to remain completely stationary, even when she doesn't. Her head moves, but weirdly, the lips don't. (00:36:20)

Jean G

The Prince of Darkness Affair (1) - S4-E4

Continuity mistake: When Sebastian grabs the prism from the safe, the rope he's just used to suspend himself from the ceiling has become a simple noose, rather than the elaborate harness it had been a few moments earlier. (00:43:35)

Jean G

The Fiddlesticks Affair - S1-E16

Other mistake: In the last scene of the episode, the opening shot is a Boeing 707 in flight. The 707 logo on the tail is backwards. It appears they flipped over a piece of film stock from a shot earlier in the episode, where the same plane was flying in the opposite direction.

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The Test Tube Killer Affair - S4-E2

Continuity mistake: When Greg is preparing to blow up the dam in Athens, he unpacks the items in his suitcase. A pair of red smoke grenades and at least one hand grenade appear in the suitcase out of thin air. (00:45:50)

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The Summit-Five Affair - S4-E1

Audio problem: When Solo & Illya enter the elevator and Solo says, "That's an exciting prospect," his lips aren't moving in sync with the words. (00:09:55)

Jean G

The Tigers are Coming Affair - S2-E8

Continuity mistake: Illya takes off his shoes before swimming across the river, but somehow has them back on again a few shots later. (00:27:45 - 00:29:10)

Jean G

The Her Master's Voice Affair - S3-E1

Continuity mistake: Could this be the affair of the flying saucer and teacup? As Napoleon Solo is having tea with Miss Partridge, he has his teacup in his right hand with the saucer on the table. Mysteriously, in the next shot, the saucer suddenly appears in his left hand, only to find its way back to the table again. Then both teacup and saucer appear in Solo's left hand. Then both find their way back to the table, then back into his left hand again. And it all happens in a span of about 30 seconds. (00:06:50 - 00:07:25)

The Super-Colossal Affair - S3-E4

Continuity mistake: The gangsters' plane, which has two engines on the ground, suddenly has four engines when it's in the air. It also changes colors. (00:40:45 - 00:42:15)

Jean G

The Birds and the Bees Affair - S2-E18

Continuity mistake: As Mozart is forcing Illya to take him into U.N.C.L.E. HQ's basement, Mozart suddenly acquires, between shots, a security badge that wasn't there before. (00:34:45)

Jean G

The Dippy Blonde Affair - S2-E16

Continuity mistake: Jojo shoots Illya, who falls into a pile of garbage cans, overturning a large cardboard box full of paper. When the camera angle changes, the box has not only moved a few feet to one side all by itself, it has also set itself upright again. (00:20:45)

Jean G

The Project Deephole Affair - S2-E26

Visible crew/equipment: When Waverly and Solo walk from the office into the corridor at U.N.C.L.E. HQ, part of the camera rig is showing, moving ahead of them, at the bottom right of the screen. (00:06:45)

Jean G

The Children's Day Affair - S2-E12

Continuity mistake: During the gun battle outside the lodge, the tray full of bread dropped on the lawn moves itself several feet to the right between takes. (00:41:40)

Jean G

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)

Jean G

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)

Jean G

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)

Jean G

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)

Jean G

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)

Jean G

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)

Jean G

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)

Jean G

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)

Jean G

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)

Jean G

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)

Jean G

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)

Jean G

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)

Jean G

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)

Jean G

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)

Jean G

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)

Jean G

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)

Jean G

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)

Jean G

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)

Jean G

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)

Jean G

The THRUSH Roulette Affair - S4-E7

Continuity mistake: Solo leaps from a roof, appears to get shot, and lands on his back with his tie flipped up over his face and his coat hiked up. In the very next shot, though, his tie and coat have both straightened themselves out nicely, and his arms have completely changed positions. (00:42:55)

Jean G

The Adriatic Express Affair - S2-E13

Continuity mistake: The bullet hole in the wall over Solo & Illya's heads disappears after Madame Nemirovitch opens the compartment door. (00:39:00)

Jean G

The King of Diamonds Affair - S2-E25

Revealing mistake: When Solo and Illya, posing as maintenance workers on the London street, are opening the manhole to go underground, two cars - a blue VW hatchback and a white roadster - pass them twice going in opposite directions each time. And while most of the cars are driving appropriately on the left, one pulls up behind them driving on the right (which is to say, wrong) side of the road. (00:13:00)

Jean G

The Take Me to Your Leader Affair - S3-E16

Continuity mistake: In long shot, the helicopter Solo is flying hovers in a cloudless, clear blue sky. In close-ups of him in the cockpit, however, the sky outside the copter's window-bubble is full of clouds. (00:15:05)

Jean G

The Deadly Toys Affair - S2-E9

Continuity mistake: Joanna learns from the hotel waiter that he saw Illya and a chambermaid going into the woods. But she later tells Illya that she saw him leaving with the girl, and goes on to describe the chambermaid - a person she never saw. (00:32:55)

Jean G

The Never-Never Affair - S1-E25

Factual error: Mandy reveals at the end that she's been carrying the microdot hidden inside her contact lens. Ouch. Any foreign object placed inside a contact, especially the hard glass contacts of the 60s, would cause irritation severe enough to make the lens unwearable and the eye very, very red. (00:44:15)

Jean G

The Monks of St. Thomas Affair - S3-E5

Continuity mistake: Illya's grappling hook changes positions on the iron window bars between the time it first attaches and the time he starts to climb the wall. (00:38:15)

Jean G

The Birds and the Bees Affair - S2-E18

Continuity mistake: Tavia writes a receipt and hands it to Mozart. She still has the red pen in her hand until the shot reverses angles. Then the pen instantly jumps from her hand to the counter several inches away. (00:12:00)

Jean G

The Waverly Ring Affair - S2-E19

Visible crew/equipment: When Carla enters Waverly's office, both the boom mike and its shadow are prominently visible at the top of the shot. (00:04:30)

Jean G

The Abominable Snowman Affair - S3-E13

Plot hole: Solo gets a letter from Waverly admitting him to forbidden Chupat. If it's that easy, why doesn't Illya get the same privilege? So that we can see him reduced to the humiliating and pointless ruse of sneaking in wearing an inflated yeti costume. Definitely U.N.C.L.E.'s "jump the shark" episode. (00:01:00)

Jean G

The Abominable Snowman Affair - S3-E13

Continuity mistake: The cinder blocks used to seal the tomb change color. Initially, they're black. But when the wall collapses on the bricklayer, they've turned white. (00:41:00 - 00:45:00)

Jean G

The Seven Wonders of the World Affair (2) - S4-E16

Audio problem: A member of Kingsley's army asks if Solo had a pleasant rest after the captured agent wakes up. But the man's line is partially obliterated by a loud pop and a sound drop-out. (00:13:40)

Jean G

The Five Daughters Affair (1) - S3-E28

Continuity mistake: No one seems to know which daughter is which. Margo is named daughter number 2 in Act II's title, but the dialogue calls her daughter number 1. Act III's title says Imogen is number 3, while the dialogue refers to her as number 2. (00:12:30 - 00:26:45)

Jean G

The My Friend, the Gorilla Affair - S3-E14

Revealing mistake: The snake encountered by the prisoners is initially black with white markings (a stock shot). But when Illya kicks it aside, it has somehow turned solid gray. It's also very obviously made of rubber. (00:07:25)

Jean G

The Virtue Affair - S2-E11

Continuity mistake: The dead guards, who were all over the courtyard after the gun battle, have all disappeared when Solo and Albert return to untie Illya. (00:44:10 - 00:47:30)

Jean G

The Apple A Day Affair - S3-E27

Continuity mistake: Illya changes clothes in mid car-chase. When he and Solo leap into the convertible and drive off, he's wearing a brown leather jacket and jeans. As they race down the road, he's suddenly in a dark blue suit and tie. When they jump out of the car again, he's back in the brown jacket and jeans. (00:45:45)

Jean G

The Hula Doll Affair - S3-E22

Visible crew/equipment: When Solo gets out of the cab in front of Thrush HQ, the taxi's windows catch a perfect reflection of the camera and a studio light as the driver pulls away. (00:14:50)

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The Concrete Overcoat Affair (1) - S3-E11

Continuity mistake: When an undercover Illya carries the wine boxes into Strago's vineyard, the bottom box has a dark brown striation under the word "Chicago." This disappears and reappears, then disappears again as the scene progresses. (00:20:40)

Jean G

The Virtue Affair - S2-E11

Continuity mistake: Solo sneaks down an empty corridor and knocks out the only man guarding the lab door. When the camera angle reverses, there's a second unconscious (or dead) man on the floor behind him. Where'd that guy come from? Solo didn't encounter anyone before the door guard, and there were no bodies already on the floor when he entered the hall. (00:15:05)

Jean G

The Batcave Affair - S2-E28

Visible crew/equipment: When Zark uncovers the caged bat and shows it to Illya, the shadow of the boom mike sweeps across the back wall. (00:33:30)

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

Factual error: While Solo prepares the explosive, Waverly's line to Joanna is, "If you and I are wise like Lot's wife, we'd better not look." The scriptwriter got this backwards. Lot's wife was unwise and did look, and turned into a pillar of salt. (00:41:00)

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The Seven Wonders of the World Affair (2) - S4-E16

Continuity mistake: Solo and Illya watch as the gas chamber is lowered from the ceiling. In front view, they're standing just inches apart. But in all the reverse angles, they're more than a foot from each other. (00:31:10)

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The Seven Wonders of the World Affair (2) - S4-E16

Audio problem: Kingsley is ordering Harmon to go ahead and hold the executions - but his voice is so badly overdubbed that his line is almost unintelligible. (00:23:40)

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The Foxes and Hounds Affair - S2-E4

Visible crew/equipment: In the cell, as the camera pans across to Solo at the door, the shadow of someone's hand slapping a large, rectangular shape can be seen on the wall. (00:34:00)

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The Waverly Ring Affair - S2-E19

Plot hole: U.N.C.L.E.'s yellow badges were worn only inside HQ, and were supposed to set off alarms if you didn't wear one, or if they were taken from the building. But here, Solo passes through security and walks out with his badge still on, and the alarms don't sound. (00:25:55)

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The Fiery Angel Affair - S4-E9

Revealing mistake: When the bull charges Solo, chases him over the gate and then slams its horns into the wood, you can see the stick used to operate the fake bull's head. A large section of it is visible just behind the mock-up's neck. (00:34:45)

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The It's All Greek to Me Affair - S3-E21

Continuity mistake: When Menolakus gets out of his car and tries to move the boulders, the rocks are in a different position than when they first fell across the road. The briefcase he puts down also changes positions between shots. (00:12:25)

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The Yukon Affair - S2-E14

Continuity mistake: During the fight in the secret vault, Illya's boots change color, from black to white (they're suddenly white in the close-up when the bad guy reaches out to trip him) and then back to black again. (00:43:20)

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The Foreign Legion Affair - S2-E22

Other mistake: Aboard the plane in the beginning, Illya calls to report in, and forgets his own secret agent number. He tells the communicator, "This is Number 2 Section 1." This is a little like James Bond suddenly calling himself Double-O-Six. Illya worked for Section 2, and was always Number 2 Section 2. Maybe that's just what happens when you're a TV spy and get hit over the head too many times. (00:03:15)

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The Nowhere Affair - S2-E24

Continuity mistake: The ghost town's saloon is draped with huge spider webs when Solo explores it. But the ghosts obviously have a cleaning service. When Illya arrives later, there's nary a web in sight. (00:02:30 - 00:21:30)

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The Pieces of Fate Affair - S3-E23

Deliberate mistake: Because lawyers for real-life review columnist Judith Merrill were not amused by the parody of her and sued, the name Judith Merle is very obviously dubbed over throughout the episode (and changed in the credits) to Jody Moore. (00:32:50)

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The Never-Never Affair - S1-E25

Revealing mistake: Solo's stunt double's face can be seen several times during the fight scene in the Thrush garage. (00:36:35)

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The Terbuf Affair - S1-E14

Revealing mistake: When Napoleon Solo arrives at the train station, both the name of the newspaper the man in black is holding, and the name on the station sign are backwards. Additionally, as he arrives by train the man in black is on the left side of the shot. After exiting the train, the man in black appears from the right side of the shot. (00:12:35)

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The Project Deephole Affair - S2-E26

Continuity mistake: When Solo is escorting Narcissus downstairs, they go through a door that's hinged on the right and opens inward into the stairwell. Cut to them entering, and the door is now hinged on the opposite side and has opened outward into the hall. (00:42:30)

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

Visible crew/equipment: During the fight aboard the plane, Solo's stunt double's face is fully visible several times. (00:43:30)

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

Other mistake: The title of Act II, "Thrush Flaps It's Wings," is misspelled/mispunctuated. The possessive "its" does not take an apostrophe, so it should read, "Thrush Flaps Its Wings." (00:13:10)

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The Concrete Overcoat Affair (2) - S3-E12

Visible crew/equipment: When Miss Diketon walks in on Strago trying to make time with Pia, the boom shadow is moving on the wall behind his head. (00:10:55)

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The Terbuf Affair - S1-E14

Continuity mistake: As Napoleon Solo arrives by train, he passes two donkey drawn carts and approaches a woman whose sweater collar is overlapped from right to left. In the next shot, showing Solo exit the train, the donkey carts are now to the right and the woman's collar is now overlapped left to right. (00:12:35)

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The Deep Six Affair - S4-E14

Continuity mistake: Morton turns on the gas in the vault by pushing the toggle switch on the wall downward. When he turns it off a few scenes later, he pushes the same switch down again. (00:25:30)

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Show generally

Deliberate mistake: In scenes at U.N.C.L.E. headquarters, the badge on Napoleon's lapel has the number 11 on it instead of the number 2, implying that Napoleon is in the wrong section. This is actually because during filming, Robert Vaughn believed that the number was "2" in Roman numerals (e.g. "II").

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The Maze Affair - S4-E13

Continuity mistake: When Dr. Febray apologizes to Illya for telling Thrush how to repair the molelecutronic gun, Illya's hand disappears from Febray's shoulder between shots, without Illya actually moving it.

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The THRUSH Roulette Affair - S4-E7

Continuity mistake: When the Thrush guards are blocking the exit gate to the private casino, the guard on the left has his hands clasped together in front of him, then training a gun on the casino players. The guard on the right also has his gun in his right hand, which then switches to his left. (00:45:55)

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The THRUSH Roulette Affair - S4-E7

Continuity mistake: When Partridge and Dr. Ieago are watching the brainwashed Illya attempting to kill Napoleon on their television screen, the pair switch places between shots. Dr. Ieago is initially sitting down, with Partridge standing up behind him. Then Partridge is sitting down, with Ieago standing up.

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The Test Tube Killer Affair - S4-E2

Continuity mistake: When Napoleon and Illya are following Christine to find Greg, Napoleon turns on the car radar and turns the knob with his left hand. When the shot cuts, he's now turning the dial knob with his right hand.

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The Test Tube Killer Affair - S4-E2

Audio problem: When Napoleon realizes that the package Christine gives him is actually a bomb, his mouth isn't in sync with the word when he says "Duck, quick." (00:35:15)

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The Test Tube Killer Affair - S4-E2

Revealing mistake: When Napoleon and Illya are on the flight to Austria, Illya receives a call from Mr. Waverly on his communicator. Instead of the pen nib, the gold microphone cap is visibly already in place; Illya takes it out and pretends to turn it over before replacing it. (00:14:00)

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The Summit-Five Affair - S4-E1

Audio problem: When Napoleon and Illya are caught in the steam room, and Illya is trying to pick the door lock, Napoleon's mouth doesn't move in sync with the words when he says, "Make it work. Try forcing it." His mouth then stops moving entirely while he's still talking, and then starts moving again when he stops. (00:40:40)

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The Summit-Five Affair - S4-E1

Continuity mistake: When Mr. Beldon is exposed as the Thrush double agent, the pistol he has trained on Napoleon and Illya switches hands between two consecutive shots. (00:37:35)

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The Summit-Five Affair - S4-E1

Audio problem: When Helga is trying to bargain with Mr. Beldon in exchange for confessing to be the Thrush double agent, Mr. Beldon comments, "We have exactly five minutes before..." A completely different voice has dubbed over the word "five". (00:32:50)

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The Apple A Day Affair - S3-E27

Continuity mistake: When Daddy Jo shoots Napoleon's trousers, the shotgun in Jo's hands changes instantly from resting in his lap to raised, then back to his lap. (00:30:40)

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The Apple A Day Affair - S3-E27

Continuity mistake: In the scene where Col. Picks is talking about the explosive apples being sold to U.N.C.L.E., the knife in his hands stuck in the apple is either held up straight or at a low angle, depending on the shot. (00:05:40)

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The Matterhorn Affair - S3-E24

Continuity mistake: In the first shot of Beirut at the bar in Singapore, he is holding his cigarette in his mouth. In the next shot, the hand holding the cigarette has inexplicably moved about a foot away. (00:00:10)

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The Apple A Day Affair - S3-E27

Continuity mistake: When Napoleon is trying to leave Nina's house, and Daddy Jo shoots the pair of slacks they're holding between them, Napoleon drops the part he's holding, while Nina still has a grip on her end. In the next shot, Nina isn't holding anything, and Napoleon drops his end a second time. (00:30:40)

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The Hot Number Affair - S3-E25

Continuity mistake: When Napoleon enlarges the picture of Ramona wearing the eponymous dress, and notices Buuder's name, the picture he's looking at changes from black and white to color. (00:18:10)

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The Hot Number Affair - S3-E25

Continuity mistake: When Illya escapes from the sack he is trapped in and fights with the Thrush agent, his hair is flattened down like bed hair, but when he jumps over the cutting table, his hair is neatly combed. (00:28:55)

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The Cap and Gown Affair - S3-E30

Continuity mistake: At the end of the episode when Napoleon is talking with Minerva, Minerva's right hand jumps from her sternum to Napoleon's shoulder and back again. (00:47:25)

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The Five Daughters Affair (2) - S3-E29

Continuity mistake: When Sandy is with the Japanese geisha, trying to contact U.N.C.L.E., the geisha has both hands on her telephone. Her right hand then disappears from the phone's microphone. (00:20:50)

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The Apple A Day Affair - S3-E27

Continuity mistake: When Illya is captured by Col. Picks and is being force-fed a piece of apple, Picks' grip on his knife changes back and forth between shots. (00:17:15)

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The Hot Number Affair - S3-E25

Continuity mistake: When Jerry is trying to convince the two Harrys that his dress design is safe, his arms are down by his side, but then inexplicably appear up on his chest. (00:17:10)

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The When in Roma Affair - S3-E26

Audio problem: When Bruno takes Darlene to the dungeon to inject her with the truth serum, she screams quite loudly several times, but it's visible that she's gagged. Even if she was able to scream, it should have been somewhat muffled. (00:42:25)

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The Apple A Day Affair - S3-E27

Continuity mistake: When Sheriff Skully tells Col. Picks that Napoleon and Illya are in town, Picks has a glass of iced tea in his hands. His grip on both the glass and the straws constantly changes back and forth throughout the scene. (00:11:50)

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The Napoleon's Tomb Affair - S3-E20

Continuity mistake: When President Tunick is despairing that Candyce no-showed for their date, the packages in his arms (particularly the red-and-white one and the gold one) shift around between shots. (00:22:10)

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The Napoleon's Tomb Affair - S3-E20

Continuity mistake: When Malanez is explaining how Napoleon's tomb will be moved out of the building once they steal it, he looks at his watch. His right index finger disappears from his jacket cuff between shots. (00:39:15)

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The It's All Greek to Me Affair - S3-E21

Continuity mistake: When Illya contacts Napoleon for the greeting code for his contact in Greece, Napoleon opens the code book twice between shots. (00:01:35)

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The Jingle Bells Affair - S3-E15

Continuity mistake: When Napoleon and Illya enter the Macy's store with the Russian chairman, the woman outside with the Salvation Army is ringing her bell down by her side, but when the shot cuts, the bell is up by her head. (00:09:05)

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The Jingle Bells Affair - S3-E15

Continuity mistake: At the end of the episode, when Mr. Waverly is playing chess with the little boy, his hands are either tented together or not, depending on the shot. (00:46:50)

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The My Friend, the Gorilla Affair - S3-E14

Factual error: When Baby the gorilla walks around, he consistently does so bipedally, like a human. While gorillas can walk that way over short distances when carrying food or when defending themselves, they more commonly move quadrapedally on their knuckles.

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The Concrete Overcoat Affair (1) - S3-E11

Continuity mistake: When Luger is assassinated for compromising Thrush's plans, the amount of liquid in Strago's glass decreases between shots, without Strago actually drinking anything. (00:15:05)

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The Monks of St. Thomas Affair - S3-E5

Visible crew/equipment: When Illya is captured and taken to Abbot Simon, a boom mic dips into the shot over the group's heads. (00:43:10)

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The Super-Colossal Affair - S3-E4

Continuity mistake: When Cariago is on the phone with Uncle Giuliano, Giuliano's phone jumps back and forth from ear to ear, as well as from hand to hand. (00:28:10)

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The Galatea Affair - S3-E3

Continuity mistake: When Rosy knocks Olaf out during his fight with Illya, the position of Olaf's body on top of Illya changes between shots. (00:43:20)

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The Nowhere Affair - S2-E24

Continuity mistake: When Napoleon, suffering from amnesia, finds his U.N.C.L.E. ID card in his jacket pocket, he opens it with one hand, with his other hand on the jacket's coat hanger. In the close-up of the ID card, he's holding it with both hands, then in the following wide shot, he's holding it with one hand again. The wallet also opens horizontally, then vertically, then horizontally again. (00:19:00)

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The Moonglow Affair - S2-E23

Continuity mistake: When Andy shows up in Arthur's office and April tells him to put the radiation machine down, he picks it up off the table, but then in the next shot, it's back down on the table. (00:45:45)

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The Foreign Legion Affair - S2-E22

Audio problem: When the Arabians identify Illya by his picture, Saleem's mouth doesn't move when he says "an U.N.C.L.E. agent." (00:03:00)

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The Bridge of Lions Affair (1) - S2-E20

Continuity mistake: When Napoleon tries to get into Norman Swickert's residence, and the guard outside the gate forcefully turns his car around, Napoleon's hand disappears from the car's steering wheel. (00:25:30)

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The Waverly Ring Affair - S2-E19

Continuity mistake: When Napoleon and Illya are briefing George after he is "brainwashed", Illya is standing up straight in front of George's chair, but then is suddenly leaning forward with his arm on the chair's back. (00:15:00)

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The Virtue Affair - S2-E11

Continuity mistake: When Illya talks with Carl Voegler in the woods, Voegler rests his bow on the ground, gripping it with his right hand and his left arm resting on top. In the next shot, he's gripping the bow with his left hand and his right hand is instantly down by his side. (00:17:55)

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The Children's Day Affair - S2-E12

Continuity mistake: When Napoleon is chained to the table in the train room at the Thrush school, the shackle on the table moves from the bottom of the table closest to Napoleon to the top near the train switches, then back to the bottom near Napoleon. (00:27:45)

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The Children's Day Affair - S2-E12

Continuity mistake: When Napoleon falls into the Thrush trap in the woods, the Thrush students behind him are also simultaneously in Mother Fear's classroom. (00:25:10)

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The Deadly Toys Affair - S2-E9

Continuity mistake: When Illya fights with the Thrush agent on the cliff top, the Thrush agent's hat mysteriously disappears from his head. It's never seen falling off, and he never takes it off since he's occupied with Illya. (00:12:15)

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The Arabian Affair - S2-E7

Continuity mistake: When Illya beats Sulador in their poker fight, the position of the hot portion of Illya's poker changes, relative to Sulador's throat. (00:38:55)

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The Brain-Killer Affair - S1-E23

Continuity mistake: When agent Jason is assembling his gun in the hospital, a piece that he is never seen adding magically appears on the end of the gun barrel. (00:22:50)

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The Deep Six Affair - S4-E14

Continuity mistake: Laura fires at the wall, leaving a bullet hole near Waverly's head. In the next shot, as they're effecting their escape, the bullet hole has disappeared. (00:44:05)

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The Maze Affair - S4-E13

Continuity mistake: Solo and Illya park their big Chrysler convertible in front of Del Floria's and go inside. The shot then cuts to the tailor shop's interior with a view of the street through the window, and the car they just parked out front is nowhere to be seen. (00:00:20)

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The Summit-Five Affair - S4-E1

Continuity mistake: When Napoleon and Illya are trying to escape from the steam room, and Illya accidentally drops the key to the door, Napoleon points to where he thinks the key is with his right hand, with his left hand resting on the bench above him. When they finally find the key, Napoleon's left hand is pointing at its location. (00:40:25)

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The Apple A Day Affair - S3-E27

Continuity mistake: When Napoleon and Illya escape from the mine and chase after the Thrush truck, it is dark outside. For one shot of Napoleon and Illya in their car, it's very obviously daytime behind them. (00:46:20)

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The Alexander the Greater Affair (1) - S2-E1

Audio problem: When Parviz realizes Napoleon stole his gun, his mouth doesn't move when he says "My pistol." (00:20:35)

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The Brain-Killer Affair - S1-E23

Continuity mistake: When Napoleon and Samoy are wondering if Thrush poisoned Waverly in order to deliver him to a specific medical clinic, the mannequin hand Solo has resting on Samoy's shoulder disappears between shots. (00:21:00)

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The Mad, Mad, Tea Party Affair - S1-E18

Revealing mistake: When Riley is trying to escape after being exposed as the saboteur, he shoots a pair of U.N.C.L.E. agents. On the right side of the screen, spent shell casings are very obviously thrown into the shot from off screen. (00:43:40)

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Quotes

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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