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Napoleon Solo
Napoleon Solo (film)
Status: Alive
Date of birth: March 9, 1929
Birthplace: New York,
United States of America
Nationality: Flag of the United States American
Alias(es): Nickname:

Jack Deveny
Affiliation: Formerly:
United States Army
Played by: Henry Cavill
First appearance: The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
Appears in: 1 film, 1 video game

Napoleon Solo (born March 9, 1929) is a spy who worked for an international espionage organization at the height of the Cold War.


According to the dossiers of members of U.N.C.L.E as shown in the end credits of The Man From U.N.C.L.E (2015) Napoleon Solo was born in New York USA on March 9,1929.

United States Army service[]

Military History: Sergeant US Army, Distinguished service 1945-1952 Draft Board Number: 13096944

Napoleon Solo is noted by Russian handler Oleg as having joined the army at 18 years of age[1], however he actually enlisted at 16 years old[2], presumably having faked his age to join. He served from 1945 until 1952, where he stayed on as part of the occupying force after Hitler's defeat (8 May 1945).

During his stint in the army Napoleon Solo began stealing and selling arts and antiques with great success, continuing his illegal practices after leaving the army. He was so prolific and successful, "4 countries created a special task force with the sole purpose of bringing him to justice". He was eventually caught in June of 1958 [3] and sentenced to 15 years [4] for robbery, handling stolen goods and serial theft of arts and antiquities.

CIA service[]

The CIA, in deference to Solo's skill set and expertise, offered to suspend his sentence in return for his services as an intelligence operative, presumably in mid or late June 1958. He quickly becomes the best in the bureau.

On June 10, 1963, Napoleon gets Gaby Teller out of East Berlin. [5]

U.N.C.L.E. service[]

After their mission in Rome, Napoleon is recruited by Waverly, a British intelligence officer of MI5, to the newly named team U.N.C.L.E. where he along with Gaby Teller and Illya Kuryakin are immediately assigned a new mission in Istanbul. This mission presumably lasts until early September [6]

Skill set:[]

Specialism: Larcenist – class A2, Safe Cracker - Level 9, EX1

Psychological Profile: Gambler – Backgammon (D3 control disorder; APA), serial womanizer

Language Spoken: German, Russian, Italian, Spanish, Japanese

Other Skills / Knowledge: Expert in art and antiquities

Agent Dossier:[]

  1. Name: Napoleon Solo
  2. Date of Birth: 9 MARCH 1929
  3. Place of Birth: New York
  4. Country of Origin: USA
  5. Telephone: XXXX XXXXXXX
  6. Present Address: XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX, New York
  7. Other Addresses for the past 15 years: London, Minnesota, Los Angeles
  8. Agency position: U.N.C.L.E. Operative and Enforcer
  9. Previous Intelligence Experience: N/A
  10. Military History: Sergeant US Army, Distinguished service 1945-1952

Military (???): NONE

Draft Board Number: 13096944

Social Security Number: XXXXXXXXXXXX9821

Permanent Station and Address if now in the Military Service.: N/A

Serial No: 3833


From (yr): 1945

To(yr): 1952

  1. Combat Experience:
  2. Specialism: Larcenist - Class A2, Safe Cracker - Level 9, EX1
  3. Special Skills / Knowledge: Expert in Art & Antiquities, Textiles Connoisseur
  4. Languages Spoken: German, Russian, Italian, Spanish, Japanese.
  5. Psychological Profile: Gambler - Backgammon (D3 control disorder; APA), Serial Womanizer
  6. Other Notes: 15 Years Suspended Sentence for Robbery, Handling stolen goods and serial theft of Arts and Antiquities.
  7. Physical Apperance:

Height: 6'1"

Weight: 203lbs

Eye Color: Blue

Hair Color: Black




Behind the Scenes[]

Napoleon Solo was portrayed by Henry Cavill in The Man from U.N.C.L.E..



  1. "He joined the U.S. army aged 18 and was posted to Europe" -- Oleg, KGB Handler. (Minute mark 9:39)
  2. Dossier lists year of birth as 1929, and enlistment year as 1945.
  3. In the credits, Napoleon's mug shot is dated June 11th, 1958.
  4. End credits lists in the other notes section of Solo's dossier: "15 Years Suspended Sentence for Robbery, Handling stolen goods and serial theft of Arts and Antiquities."
  5. When Napoleon meets his handler, J.F. Kennedy is speaking on TV. We hear the words 'Our commitment to defend Western Europe and West Berlin, for example, stands undiminished [...].' which were extracted from JFK's speech 'A Strategy Of Peace', delivered on June 10, 1963.
  6. The end credits features pictures of the characters post canon, including one of Waverly dated September 1st (presumably, still 1963) and labeled 'Director| Bureau of I... | Department'. Considering the rest of the credits share pictures of the crew in Istanbul, this timeframe sounds like a reasonable assumption.