[identity profile] rallamajoop.livejournal.com posting in [community profile] mfuwss
So, a little while back I made a post here about my efforts to track down the original production notes for the UNCLE show. I'd found Napoleon and Illya's bios online, but only fragments of Mr. Waverly's, or the surrounding notes about the world of the show. Folks helpfully suggested I might find the parts I was looking for in the old yahoo groups or the Facebook group, which I tried without success -- then largely by accident stumbled onto an auction for a copy of the original promotional pressbook for the series with high-quality scans of several pages, and by trying a matching-image-search on that I found another site with low-res scans of yet more pages from the pressbook, and...

[breathes] Well, long story short, I found the complete text of Mr. Waverly's original bio! And like Napoleon's and Illya's, it hints at a whole bunch of stuff that never made it to the screen. As per previous discussions, it's debatable how much of these bios still count as 'canon' at this point, but are generally still a fascinating read. Transcript under the cut. Just to have them all in one place, I've copied Napoleon's and Illya's over as well.

There are a number of other interesting pages in the pressbook, which hint at episodes which were pitched but never filmed, or ultimately filmed under different names. Also, it seems that not only Heather McNabb but also Grace Lee as Wanda Mae Kim, an East-Asian receptionist, were supposed to be recurring characters on the show, though neither character actually appeared more than a handful of times in early episodes.


Mr. Waverly

Mr. Waverly, one of the men at the peak of U.N.C.L.E.’s organizational structure, has a poor memory when it comes to names and other trivia. So he talks around them and other unimportant details-pausing, hesitating and “harrumphing” his way through certain sentences, when conversation of some sort seems necessary. Though he may forget the names of the operatives facing him, Waverly is nonetheless fully aware of the dangers involved in the situations into which he is placing them. One might get the impression that he understates the missions at hand (and perhaps he does), but those who know him well realize that he has analyzed the facts thoroughly before assigning each and every agent to his particular job.

A seedy man, standing out in stark contrast to the sleek, twentieth-centurishness of the organization of which he is a guiding force, Mr. Waverly handles a pipe incessantly but never smokes one. He also is quite good in a fight, although a casual observer wouldn’t know this to look at him. And when the fight is over, Waverly quickly returns to his work and the vital matters at hand, leaving others to argue about who did what in battle. The issue of his life or death leaves him unmoved; a duel, once ended, is done with, and nothing to sit around and talk about.

Mr. Waverly tolerates Solo’s girl friends. But not with the best of grace. He would prefer his favorite agent spend more time improving his mind (although Solo’s mind seems to be agile enough for whatever the occasion demands). Mr. Waverly also has a habit of turning up in odd, out-of-the-way places, if only to spot-check his agents while they are on assignments. So it is not inconceivable that Solo, dangling from a pipe in a sewer pending the return of a homicide-minded enemy, might look down to discover tweedy-jacketed, baggy-trousered Mr. Waverly, standing ankle-deep in water, “tsk-tsking” up at him.




Napoleon Solo

Napoleon Solo, one of U.N.C.L.E.’s top agents, is dashing, sophisticated – with an easygoing manner and a quick smile. He maintains a small apartment in a new luxury building overlooking the East River. It is definitely bachelory in appearance, with a somewhat coppery kitchen (he cooks) and a constant semi-rumpled air. The decor has a nautical flavor, reflecting Solo’s love for the sea and possibly a hangover from his service days as commander of a corvette in the Royal Canadian Navy.

Solo owns a 30-foot sloop, harbored in a marina out on Long Island, and has all the snobbish prejudices which men of “sail” hold for the “powerboat dilettante.” Other than this mild form of bigotry, he rather tends to view all men as equals, unless their behavior (as opposed to backgrounds) proves them otherwise.

Solo is equally democratic in his attitude toward women, except when he adopts the Orwellian theorem in relation to the more attractive ones: “some are more equal than others…” He has been in love…a number of times (Or did he really know these romantic involvements were merely brief encounters?)

In college Solo was a philosophy major, a language minor. He made the swimming and lacrosse teams: never joined a fraternity.

Those who know Solo nonprofessionally believe that he is working for “…one of those nonprofit organizations, like a foundation or something.” They are aware that his job frequently takes him out of town and, judging from the appearance he sometimes presents on his return, believe that “poor Solo must be accident prone.”

“Poor Solo” is, of course, quite the reverse of “accident prone.” He is more than capable of taking care of himself: calm, quick-thinking, well-trained, ingenious, coldly calculating when the cards are stacked challengingly against him. His mind is as great an ally to him as the specially designed U.N.C.L.E. weapon he always carries. Automatic, pistol-like in appearance and encased in a holster, it has an ingenious stock and a long barrel, and gives devastating and compact fire to a single man.

Although Solo makes no high-blown moral statements about his work, nor his reasons for engaging in it, viewers will sense that he only can give himself with total dedication to a “cause” that he believes to be right. It also will be readily apparent to them that he derives extreme satisfaction from the destruction of evil.




Illya Kuryakin

An agent in Solo’s section, Illya is something of an enigma. He is clever, physically adept, a good man to have at one’s side in a tight spot. But he is a lone wolf, introverted, not at all gregarious. Like a machine that has been fashioned for a specific purpose, nothing seems to exist for him but the task to be performed. He does his job. Like Solo, he doesn’t discuss it with others.

Of Russian origin, Illya has worked behind the Iron Curtain (as have many of U.N.C.L.E.’s agents) and in other areas that are closed to most Westerners-sometimes with, and sometimes without, the knowledge and consent of the authorities. He knows the rule that applies in extremely sensitive and secretive cases of the latter type. It’s easy to remember: the devil take the man who is caught.

Illya maintains an austere apartment in the same building as Solo, the only man who has been able to get close enough to him to discover his secret love of jazz and the carefully guarded collection of records hidden away in a secret compartment under his bed. Strange? But the world, of course, is full of strange and curious things.

Date: 2016-07-31 04:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lindafishes8.livejournal.com
You've uncovered a treasure trove of information here! Have you considered adding it to the UNCLE Bible? It would be easy for us to consult it whenever we need it. Good Job!

Date: 2016-08-01 02:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lindafishes8.livejournal.com
Yes, it's a pdf format. There are several people in LJ who have worked on the Bible: CWWalker aka st crispins, leetheT, LaHCararbelle, Charlie Kirby aka spikesgirl, kleenexwoman and elmey. Elmey's chapter "UNCLE on the Web" seems the appropriate place for your web sources to go. If you would contact st crispins, she would be able to tell you if it's possible to add your info or even do it herself. http://st-crispins.livejournal.com/

Date: 2016-08-01 04:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lindafishes8.livejournal.com
I understand. Would it be OK with you if I inquired about placing your web into into the Bible or an addendum perhaps? I've been thinking about it and am now wondering if the production notes are considered proper canon. I will pose this question to the Bible's writers and see what they say, if it's alright with you.

Date: 2016-08-03 07:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lindafishes8.livejournal.com
I remember seeing the UNCLE set blueprints. Weren't they in Heitland's book? I copied them for future reference.

I agree about newly found materials being placed in a separate file. I'll see what the Bible writers have to say. This isn't something I'd be capable of doing myself. I found a book on the history of MGM studios with the layout of the lots. It showed which house interiors were used for filming specific episodes and also what other films were shot on the same sets.

I bought a few scripts from the show and it was fun to read what was changed or never made it into the finished eps.

DId you know that the University of Iowa's library has a huge MFU collection that was donated by David McCallum's fan club president? I'd love to get my hands on some of Feldon's note. Come to think of it, I know someone who met and was a friend of Norman. I wonder if she has any inside info???

Let me get back to you on this after I speak with a few people.

(University of Georgia in the Ukraine) *chuckle" The MFU screen writers were quite the bunch.

Linda

Date: 2016-08-04 09:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lindafishes8.livejournal.com
Hi! I purchased 4 scripts: The Children's Day Affair, The Arabian Affair, The Birds and the Bees Affair, and The Cotton Candy Affair. The Cotton Candy Affair was never filmed, of course, supposedly it was slated as a fourth season show. I spoke with Spilesgirl (Uncle Charlie) about their authenticity and she believes they are copies of original scripts. I suppose it's possible that someone was trying to make some extra cash and made these up as a hoax, but why? They were only $14 or so. I chose the first three as they are fav. eps. of mine. In Children's Day, instead of bread dough, the two bakery girls were supposed to cover Illya's head with taffy. (Think of the mess!) "Naughty Boy" was supposed to be a hissing snake. We can see that Mother Fear feeds it bird seed though the box is blacked out. A last minute change? There is slightly different dialogue and lines deleted in all of them. I've enjoyed reading through them and even if they not copies of originals, they're entertaining.

I contacted the U of Iowa to see if any material is available online. Nope! Unless you go to the library, none of it is accessible. Seems they are more of a museum than a library.

The person I know who met and was a friend of Norman Feldon is Lisa Madden. She edits, produces, and sells the fanzine "Kuryakin Files," and luckily for me she lives closeby. She's been to Media West with other fans and fan writers and sells the fanzine there. I went to her home to pick up the latest Files copy (One of my stories is in it) and got to sit and talk with her. She's very nice and I plan on getting together with her again soon. I need to get a list of questions.

St Crispens is a go-to person for MFU info but I only know her from LJ. She's very approachable, but does teach at a college and so is rather busy.

I am still a little amazed that the "University of Georgia in the Ukraine" doesn't seem to have been flagged as total geography 101 fail years ago in this fandom. All that handwringing over Illya's name and Russian/Ukrainian heritage, and a non-existent university slips straight through the cracks. I've really got to ask what Russian fandom made of it one of these days...

I joined the Russian fansite "cousins" and they are all very nice. We've corresponded through the site. I recced stories and asked for opinions. They feel Illya would not drink vodka the way our fandom believes. They complained it was a stereotype and he'd drink other booze as well. They believe he would never swear, and most certainly never lived in a daccha. Of course his name is wrong also. It should have been Ilya Nickailovetch not Illya Nickovetch. Please excuse my spelling here, I'm not Russian. Anyway, you can join the fan site if you wish. I have to use my window translator and a lot of words don't translate well. here's the address- http://rumuncle.diary.ru/

I haven't PMed Elmey yet. I was told she was the driving force behind the MFU Bible. I see what she has to say and get back to you.

Linda



Date: 2016-08-05 09:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lindafishes8.livejournal.com
Hi again.

I wanted to give you an update. I contacted Elmey and referred her to your post and our conversations in MFUWSS.

Elmey agrees that your new info should go into The MFU Bible and she'll talk with Carabele who would have to do the formatting/reformatting. Elemy said the Bible needs updating anyway as some of the web links are dead or changed. She asked it you and I are thinking about doing an article with the new material? or just incorporating it into an existing article? She also said it might be worth soliciting more suggestions for additions and improvements while we're at it and put out a real second edition.

I'm not certain I'm up for writing an article but if you are interested, I'll let her know. My writing skills are fine for fanfiction. An article for the Bible is a whole other ballgame. The new info would be coming from what you found anyway. I just don't want to see it lost. Elmey idea about soliciting suggestions sounds great. What do you think?

Date: 2016-08-14 07:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lindafishes8.livejournal.com
That's great! I perused your journal page and can see that writing for the Bible is right up your alley. I'm glad Elmey followed through. I was wondering what happened and am eager to read your new fic. ;D

Date: 2016-07-31 05:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] laurose8.livejournal.com
This is great! Thank you very much.

I particularly like knowing it's canon the agents live in the same building. That bit about where Ilya keeps his records is fine, and so is the end of the Waverly section.

Date: 2016-08-14 07:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lindafishes8.livejournal.com
I forgot about responding to this earlier. There was a discussion about the canon in LJ that our agents lived in the same building. Most writer's have them living in separate buildings. For the sake of security, they would have to move from time to time as THRUSH would be monitoring their movements, right? Also, if all of UNCLE's Sect. two's lived in the same building, a centrally placed bomb (or rocket?) could wipe them all out at once.

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