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

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (1964)

38 mistakes in season 1

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.

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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?

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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 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.

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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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 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.

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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 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."

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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.

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Jean G

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 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.

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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.

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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 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 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.

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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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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.

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Skip Lawson
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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.

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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.

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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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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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