The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964–1968)
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Alexander the Greater Affair: Part One 

A mysterious U.S. industrialist, Mr. Alexander, steals a new type of nerve gas from the U.S. Army. He leaves behind a small tablet with the number eight on it. Solo and Kuryakin investigate... See full summary »


Joseph Sargent


Dean Hargrove, Sam Rolfe (developer)




Episode complete credited cast:
Robert Vaughn ... Napoleon Solo
David McCallum ... Illya Kuryakin
Leo G. Carroll ... Alexander Waverly
Rip Torn ... Alexander
Dorothy Provine ... Tracey Alexander
David Opatoshu ... Mr. Kavon
David Sheiner ... Parviz
Robert Karnes ... Colonel Hawks
Clarke Gordon Clarke Gordon ... Arnold Claxon
Charles Seel ... Harry Baxter
Madge Blake ... Miriam Baxter
James Hong ... Prince Phanong
Donna Michelle Donna Michelle ... Princess Nicole


A mysterious U.S. industrialist, Mr. Alexander, steals a new type of nerve gas from the U.S. Army. He leaves behind a small tablet with the number eight on it. Solo and Kuryakin investigate, with the help of Alexander's ex-wife Tracey, who seeks Alexander to sign her final divorce papers. The trio finds Alexander's parents working like slaves at a Greece rock quarry with the number five painted all around. After freeing the parents (and avoiding Alexander's thugs), they travel to a temple where they are captured by Alexander. It turns out Alexander plans to take over an Asian nation, breaking each of the Ten Commandments along the way. Written by Bill Koenig

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Release Date:

17 September 1965 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


One of the characters is a teacher named "Mr. Kavon." This is probably an in-joke, because there was a popular TV show at the time called Mr. Novak (1963) (Kavon spelled backwards), which was about a teacher. See more »


Illya makes a mistake when talking about the Seventh Commandment. He says the 7th forbids, "coveting thy neighbor's wife." The Seventh is, "Thou shalt not commit adultery," and the Tenth is "Thou shalt not covet...thy neighbor's wife." See more »


Napoleon Solo: So shall it be written. So shall it be done.
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Edited into One Spy Too Many (1966) See more »


The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
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Pretty good, but the silliness is a little painful at times
26 June 2017 | by shaksprynSee all my reviews

There's good and bad in this episode.

Good: this two-part, season two opener is in color, and the DVD print looks sharp and nice. Rip Torn does his usual fine acting job. Dorothy Provine is beautiful and really adorable! Her expert comic timing and flair are a major plus. There seems to have been a big budget for this two-parter; we get some good exterior scenes, and there is some good action.

Now for the bad: In this series especially, there is a fine line between just enough humor to be fun, and a tad too much, making the story go flat and causing the viewer to wince. This episode, for me, goes a bit over that too-much humor line. At times it feels like a "Batman" episode, which is not a good thing! The story drags at times. Bottom line: worth watching, but not among the best episodes.

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