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To Trap a Spy (1964)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Adventure, Drama | 1964 (Hong Kong)
The pilot for the TV series "The Man From U.N.C.L.E.," re-edited and released to theaters as a feature.

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Don Medford

Writer:

Sam Rolfe
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Cast

Cast overview:
Robert Vaughn ... Napoleon Solo (archive footage)
Luciana Paluzzi ... Angela (archive footage)
Pat Crowley ... Elaine May Bender Donaldson (archive footage) (as Patricia Crowley)
Fritz Weaver ... Andrew Vulcan (archive footage)
William Marshall ... Sekue Ashumen (archive footage)
Will Kuluva ... Mr. Allison (archive footage)
David McCallum ... Illya Kuryakin (archive footage)
Ivan Dixon ... Jean Francis Soumarin (archive footage)
Victoria Shaw ... Gracie Ladovan (archive footage)
Eric Berry Eric Berry ... Alfred Ghist (archive footage)
Miguel Ángel Landa Miguel Ángel Landa ... Lancer (archive footage) (as Miguel Landa)
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U.N.C.L.E. discovers that Wasp killer Andrew Vulcan plans to assassinate a visiting African leader, Premier Ashumen, while he's on a tour of Vulcan's factory. Napoleon Solo enlists the help of Vulcan's old girlfriend, Elaine May Donaldson, who pretends to be a rich widow and gets closer to Vulcan, trying to find out if her old friend really is the bad man that Solo says he is. At the same time, she also enjoys the life of luxury and wealth and finds it hard to accept that she has to go back to boring married life after the operation is over. The film is made from the first season episodes "The Vulcan Affair" (09/22/64) and "The Four Steps Affair" (02/22/65) from The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Written by Daniel Bolton <klsdb4@cynergy.com.au>

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Your Favorite UNCLEs Have a Date With Danger!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1964 (Hong Kong) See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

At the time this episode was made, there was a question as to what the name of the enemy spy agency would be. For this film version, Robert Vaughn dubbed the word 'WASP' for all characters, but later, it was discovered that that was the name of the hero agency in the other TV series 'Stingray,' so the name THRUSH was used in the TV pilot. See more »

Quotes

Angela: Now what would you like me to change into?
Napoleon Solo: Anything, but a boy.
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Alternate Versions

The film was re-edited from the pilot episode of the TV series "The Man from U.N.C.L.E.". For the TV version, broadcast as "The Vulcan Affair", all of Will Kuluva's scenes as Mr. Allison were cut and reshot when it was decided to replace him with Leo G. Carroll as Mr. Waverly. But his scenes were left intact in To Trap a Spy. As this film version of the TV pilot was being prepared, there was legal wrangling over the use of the name THRUSH for the enemy organization. As a result, the word WASP is overdubbed in the theatrical version whenever THRUSH is mentioned. See more »

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Spun-off from The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964) See more »

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"One of the best UNCLE movies."
25 February 2005 | by jamesraeburn2003See all my reviews

Top UNCLE agent Napoleon Solo (Robert Vaughn) is assigned to prevent THRUSH hit-man Andrew Vulcan (Fritz Weaver) from assassinating Premier Ashumen (William Marshall), the leader of a primitive African nation who is visiting the States on a tour of Vulcan's factory. Solo enlists the help of Vulcan's former girlfriend Elaine May Donaldson (Patricia Crowley) and plants her as a rich widow in order to get close to Vulcan and prove to her that he is the evil doer that Solo says he is.

The Man From UNCLE was such a cult success in the UK that eight feature length films (made up of previously unaired episodes) were released in cinemas with virtually the British box office in mind. TO TRAP A SPY was the first film in the series and it is actually an extended version of the pilot episode, THE VULCAN AFFAIR (First aired: 22/09/1964), with extra footage that was considered too "adult" for television. Other changes were made such as in the TV version, THRUSH were the enemy organisation, but in the film they were renamed WASP. Also in the film, actor Will Kuluva plays UNCLE chief Mr Allison, whereas in the TV episode, Leo G Carroll played Mr Waverley and would do so for the remainder of the series.

To Trap A Spy stands as one of the best feature length outings from the TV series even though David McCallam fans will be disappointed as Illya Kuriyakin only appears in two scenes early on. Robert Vaughn is outstanding as Napoleon Solo portraying him as a super suave playboy and interestingly Luciana Paluzzi turns up as a beautiful THRUSH villain who attempts to seduce Solo to his death would later play much the same role in the Bond spectacular Thunderball. The plot may be thin but it is the nostalgia value that holds this film up after nearly forty years since it was first released.

Followed by: The Spy With My Face*, One Spy Too Many*, One Of Our Spies Is Missing, The Spy In The Green Hat (all 1966), The Karate Killers*, The Helicopter Spies* (both 1967) and How To Steal The World* (1968). The titles marked with an asterisk have now been released on DVD in the UK as a box set.


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