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

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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Jean G

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.

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Jean G

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.

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Jean G

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.

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Skip Lawson

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.

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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.

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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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Mistakes

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.

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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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