Contributed by: The Complete James Bond Movie Encyclopedia by Steven Jay Rubin

The original title of “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” television series, named after one of its principal characters, Napoleon Solo, whose name was penned by Ian Fleming. Threatened with a lawsuit by Eon Productions, which was using the character name Solo in their Goldfinger film, producer Norman Felton changed the TV series’s name.

Compounding the issue at the time was the fact that Ian Fleming was also fighting a lawsuit against Kevin McClory over the rights to Thunderball. Sensing the possibility of a rival Bond in that corner, producers Albert R. Broccoli and Harry Saltzman were ready to protect any element of their series from possible imitators, including the men from U.N.C.L.E.


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