Friday, December 28, 2012

Behind-The-Scenes Pix #34: UFO

The late producer Gerry Anderson on the set of his first live-action sci-fi television series, UFO, having a very serious (it would appear) conversation with actors Peter Gordeno (SkyDiver One Captian/Sky One pilot Peter Carlin) and Ed Bishop (SHADO Commander Ed Straker).

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  1. Never enough images of Lt Ellis!

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  2. I've seen this pic before, in an issue of a model magazine (the name escapes me now, sadly) and this particular issue was dedicated to UFO.

    @abdul666: Agreed!

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    1. Hi Marc,

      You have a good memory: "Sci-Fi & Fantasy FX", issue #53 (1999), page 18, as part of photo montage "UFO - Behind the Scenes".

      Excellent issue. Helps feed my affection for my favourite Gerry Anderson live-action series (UFO).

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  3. Looks like they're setting up for the scene at the end of the premiere episode, "Identified," where Straker tells Carlin that the alien had organ transplants harvested from Carlin's missing sister. That would be a somber scene indeed.

    Bad decision on Gordeno's part, though. He reportedly quit because he didn't want to be typecast. He definitely wasn't typecast after UFO. In fact, he wasn't cast in much of anything at all after that.

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  4. One wish I ALWAYS had, was like the current deluxe magazines you see in Barnes now, like for DW, Twilight, even Firefly, I WISH they'd have done some deluxe format magazine for 1999 and UFO..

    Just to see all the cool rare photos/promo shots, in a nice slick magazine format..? I know Anderson Productions had their own mag, but I would love to see one on either 1999 or even Larson's original Galactica series. Just so much material out there, which'll never be seen by today's folks. For a while, you couldn't spit without hitting a Trek or SW magazine with lush photos and preproduction art on today's magazine stands.

    Shame our 'other loves' never saw the same treatment.

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    1. While I agree with you on the need for some of this stuff, I'm afraid that dedicated mags for Space:1999, and maybe even the original Battlestar Galactica, would sell poorly.

      The realities of the marketplace are sometimes sobering. I understand the Blu-ray set for the first season of Space:1999 sold 'below expectations'. Same happened for DVD releases of the 1st years of Lost in Space and Happy Days. Nostalgia and fan-bases (most of which are pretty small, really) do not necessarily convert to good sales numbers.

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