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Thu Dec 27, 2012, 03:31 AM

Gerry Anderson, Thunderbirds creator, dies

Source: BBC

Gerry Anderson, the creator of hit TV shows including Thunderbirds, Stingray and Joe 90, has died at the age of 83.

He also created Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons and his puppet superheroes fired the imaginations of millions of young viewers in the 1960s and '70s.

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His other creations included UFO, Space: 1999, Supercar and Fireball XL5.

Actor Brian Blessed, who worked with Anderson on shows including The Day After Tomorrow and Space 1999, told BBC News: "I think a light has gone out in the universe.

"He had a great sense of humour. He wasn't childish but child-like and he had a tremendous love of the universe and astronomy and scientists.

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Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-20845407

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Reply Gerry Anderson, Thunderbirds creator, dies (Original post)
bananas Dec 2012 OP
Historic NY Dec 2012 #1
uh clem Dec 2012 #17
BumRushDaShow Dec 2012 #2
htuttle Dec 2012 #3
Newsjock Dec 2012 #10
progressoid Dec 2012 #15
htuttle Dec 2012 #22
Cooley Hurd Dec 2012 #4
The Straight Story Dec 2012 #6
dickthegrouch Dec 2012 #33
randome Dec 2012 #12
calimary Dec 2012 #26
LastLiberal in PalmSprings Dec 2012 #5
dixiegrrrrl Dec 2012 #7
bedazzled Dec 2012 #24
dixiegrrrrl Dec 2012 #25
bedazzled Dec 2012 #27
dixiegrrrrl Dec 2012 #28
bedazzled Dec 2012 #32
kooljerk666 Dec 2012 #8
MindPilot Dec 2012 #9
AngryAmish Dec 2012 #11
tabasco Dec 2012 #21
riverbendviewgal Dec 2012 #13
They_Live Dec 2012 #14
Posteritatis Dec 2012 #16
louis-t Dec 2012 #20
ThoughtCriminal Dec 2012 #30
dickthegrouch Dec 2012 #18
Historic NY Dec 2012 #29
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Third Doctor Dec 2012 #23
Rex Dec 2012 #31

Response to bananas (Original post)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 05:20 AM

1. I loved watching it especially when I saw a wire holding up ...

a space ship. It was great early sleepy head / rainy day TV.

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Response to Historic NY (Reply #1)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 01:27 PM

17. Supercar...

...was my favorite. I recently bought a die cast model of it. Just as cool as it ever was.

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Response to bananas (Original post)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 06:40 AM

2. Loved those shows

Especially Captain Scarlet, which is what I primarily remember them showing here locally. Quintessential '60s. LOL

R.I.P. and thanks for providing some fun watching during my childhood!

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Response to bananas (Original post)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 07:14 AM

3. UFO was my favorite

If you get a chance to watch them, pay attention to the costumes and sets. Classic 60's Futurism. Lucite desks, purple metallic hair -- pretty much how I imagined the future would be when I was a kid.

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Response to htuttle (Reply #3)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 09:53 AM

10. One of the best opening titles EVAR

Here's the first 14 minutes of the series premiere. Gonna miss you, Gerry, and it's too bad that you won't be able to see the finished "UFO" big-budget movie that supposedly is still coming sometime next year.

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Response to Newsjock (Reply #10)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 11:37 AM

15. I loved that theme song!

And the rest too...

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Response to Newsjock (Reply #10)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 05:52 PM

22. In the future, we will all wear turtlenecks and Nehru jackets

...or shiny metallic suits.

Seriously, check out lamps and chairs and things. Amazing set design, for its time.

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Response to bananas (Original post)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 07:29 AM

4. Space 1999 was a great show!!

Martin Landau, Barbara Bain and Barry Morse. I loved it!

Cross gently, Gerry.

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Reply #4)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 08:30 AM

6. First Episode:

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Response to The Straight Story (Reply #6)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 12:22 PM

33. I'd never seen that episode, thank you /nt

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Reply #4)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 10:13 AM

12. It was dumb. But I loved it too!

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Reply #4)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 08:52 PM

26. Schlocky, but I loved it, too!

Lots of people bailing on us before the new year.

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Response to bananas (Original post)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 08:18 AM

5. I have just started watching "Thunderbirds" on Netflix

My introduction to Gerry Anderson was "Fireball XL5" (I even had a model of the rocket) and "Supercar." Both shows used a process dubbed "Supermarionation."

Trivia: The sons -- Scott, Alan, Virgil, Gordon and John -- were named after the Mercury astornauts. The main characters' appearances were modelled after prominent actors. Jeff Tracy was modelled after Lorne Greene of Bonanza fame, Alan after Robert Reed, Scott after Sean Connery, and John after both Adam Faith and Charlton Heston. And "F-A-B" -- meaning "message received and understood" -- did not stand for anything. It was just supposed to sound hip.

I first saw "Thunderbirds" in 2004 as a live action B-film, directed by "Number One" himself, Jonathan Frakes. It's been fun to start watching the original 1960's versions again.

FAB, Gerry Anderson.

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Response to bananas (Original post)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 08:37 AM

7. I have no clue as any of these shows.

Obviously during one of my "no tv" decades.
But I do know who Brian Blessed is, strangely enough.

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Reply #7)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 07:41 PM

24. i know him from blackadder I - he was the adder's dad

i think he was in I Claudius also.

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Response to bedazzled (Reply #24)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 08:47 PM

25. Good catch..he was Augustus, I believe.

Mr Dixie turned me on to Black Adder, Hugh Laurie, Stephen Fry
( Fry's audio book reading of Harry Potter is marvelous)
and Brian Blessed, plus
Red Green, the silly canadian show.

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Reply #25)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 09:50 PM

27. i've heard that the british audio of the harry potter books is great

i adore the american versions, by jim dale, so i'd probably like them, too.

i love the elizabethan adder the best -- richard III is great, also.

i haven't caught up with red green - my husband likes him too. i should try
and line that up.

my husband also turned me onto red dwarf, which is probably my favorite
britcom. i am crazy about chris barrie, for some reason. i think he's
absolutely adorable.

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Response to bedazzled (Reply #27)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 10:07 PM

28. I salute your good taste!

Had forgotten about Red Dwarf.
He had them all on VHS.....so now I gift him the dvd versions for Christmas and etc.

And..Ab Fab?

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Reply #28)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 09:48 AM

32. ab fab's awesome - how about are you being served!

the list is endless. we mostly watch british tv now. i love dr. who.
especially the one with david tennent (sigh)

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Response to bananas (Original post)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 09:10 AM

8. I was watching Capt Scarlet yesterday...................

 

.........and was wondering how he was. I was born in 1961 so all his shows are a part of
my childhood.

On Capt Scarlet DVD1 ep "The Mysterons" he did a commentary & was very interesting.

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Response to bananas (Original post)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 09:43 AM

9. "Anything can happen in the next half-hour!"

That was the intro to Stingray.

I recall an interview with Gerry wherein he described the early days of lo-tech, low-budget production in an unheated warehouse where it was difficult to keep the water from freezing and the puppeteers up on the catwalk would be overcome by the smoke from all the pyrotechnics. Anglia Television was going head to head with the BBC and Terry Nation's Dr Who.

Sometime between the first and second season of Stingray, Styrofoam became available. That represented a major developmental milestone in Gerry's life, and the show; they no longer had to use coal to simulate rocks.

I still have a mad preteen crush on Lady Penelope (and her car)

F-A-B Gerry, you were a good teacher.

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Response to bananas (Original post)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 09:59 AM

11. "Tough Enough" also gets my toes a tappin'

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Response to AngryAmish (Reply #11)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 04:04 PM

21. Conservatives

aren't very good at humor.

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Response to bananas (Original post)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 10:41 AM

13. many fond memories

Watching the thunderbirds. 1999 and UFO with my son when he Was a boy. We had great visions of a great possible future. It amazing now all still.love them. RIP Gerry and thanks for the memories.

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Response to bananas (Original post)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 11:02 AM

14. Anderson had a unique talent, and will be missed.

I noticed that in his live action series, the actors often moved just like Gerry's marionettes. Watch for it. Dedication to his craft and vision.

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Response to bananas (Original post)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 11:38 AM

16. I stumbled across Fireball XL5 a few years ago and am oddly fond of it. (nt)

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Response to Posteritatis (Reply #16)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 01:55 PM

20. XL5 was a favorite at our house.

Loved the theme song. Kind of like The Ventures meet Lulu.

We watched Space: 1999 and Supercar also. We imitated the voices on Supercar for years after. Not familiar with the others.

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Response to Posteritatis (Reply #16)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 11:13 PM

30. I wish I was a spaceman...



My DX and I used to watch a Fireball XL-5 episode as a "short" before Babylon-5 or MST3K. Good times.

Truthfully, it was very cheesy, but great fun.

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Response to bananas (Original post)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 01:32 PM

18. Thunderbirds and UFO were my favorites

But I always missed the last 10 minutes of UFO because the TV store I worked in Saturdays closed at 5:30 and the program ran until 5:45

I had to use my imagination and ask friends at school on Monday to see if I was anywhere close.

Virgil was my favorite Thunderbird Pilot, but I identified most closely with Alan, all alone on T5. I often felt like Alan as a teen with few friends and a definite scientific geeky part to my makeup in a very rural area.

Thanks for some wonderful fantasies and RIP, Gerry

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Response to dickthegrouch (Reply #18)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 10:16 PM

29. Thunderbirds Are Go!!!!

RIP

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Response to bananas (Original post)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 01:46 PM

19. I remember "Thunderbirds" growing up as a kid. . .

. . .and my favorite characters were Lady Penelope (Sylvia Anderson, Gerry's wife) and her chauffeur, bodyguard, expert burglar/safe-cracker Aloysius Parker (David Graham).

F-A-B, Gerry Anderson.

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Response to bananas (Original post)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 06:31 PM

23. Damn, I hate to hear that.

I really like his work.

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Response to bananas (Original post)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 11:20 PM

31. Space 1999.

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