In the pilot episode, UNCLE agent Napoleon Solo is assigned to foil an assassination plot by Thrush. The criminal organization's target is a delegation from the newly independent African ...
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In the pilot episode, UNCLE agent Napoleon Solo is assigned to foil an assassination plot by Thrush. The criminal organization's target is a delegation from the newly independent African nation, Western Natumba. The plot is under the supervision of Andrew Vulcan, a U.S. industrialist secretly working for Thrush. Solo recruits an old flame of Vulcan's as part of his plan. Written by
There was a dispute over what the name of the villainous spy agency would be. The original name was THRUSH, but it was felt that this was too close to the name of the Russian spy agency SMERSH, so the studio ordered a name change for the film version. Hence, the name was replaced by "WASP" for the film version, and Robert Vaughn dubbed the word into the dialogue for all characters. The name THRUSH, was used for the rest of the series, though. See more »
We don't know. THRUSH might be a man. Or a woman. Or a committee that heads a secret, international organization-very powerful, very wealthy. THRUSH has no allegiance to any country nor to any ideal. It will embark upon any undertaking it may decide is in its own interest. And when THRUSH succeeds, many, many people pay a terrible price.
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I just saw this episode on cable, it was the pilot for the show. Interestingly the show was called "Solo" at the beginning of this episode. They must have subsequently renamed it "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." Leo G. Carroll did not appear in this episode. The head of U.N.C.L.E. was called Mr. Allison in this episode and was played by Will Kuluva. I notice that it notes "scenes deleted" next to his name on the "Vulcan Affair" page, but the version I saw did have Mr. Kuluva's scenes in it. David McCallum's Ilya character had a very small role in this episode. I also noticed that this episode included the scene with Solo getting shot at while behind a piece of bulletproof glass. They used this in the intro to the show in later episodes.
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