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

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

88 mistakes in season 3

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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 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 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

Jean G
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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 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 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 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 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

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 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 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 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 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

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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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