Author Ian Fleming, known for the original “James Bond” spy novels that would inspire the continued series of films that are still being made today, actually contributed to the concepts for the American television series “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” (1964-1968)/ Fleming did this after being approached by the show’s co-creator, Norman Felton. According to the book “The James Bond Films”, Fleming proposed two characters.
The first was the lead character Napoleon Solo (Played by Robert Vaughn) while the second character was April Dancer (Played by Stefanie Powers) who actually was the lead character of a short-lived spin-off, the American spy-fi TV series”The Girl from U.N.C.L.E.” (1966-1967). Dancer was, however, first introduced in “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” during the episode “The Moonglow Affair” (Air Date: February 25, 1966), at first played by actress Mary Ann Mobley before Powers took over in the role for the actual spin-off.
The original title for “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” was actually “Ian Fleming’s Solo”. I guess Fleming was a really strong influence on the show.