Gerry Anderson has passed away

Discussion in 'Science Fiction & Fantasy' started by lennier1, Dec 26, 2012.

  1. lennier1

    lennier1 Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    May 3, 2004

    It's a sad day when the world loses such an inspiring visionary.
    May he rest in peace!
  2. Captain Dago

    Captain Dago Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Jul 5, 2004
    The Emerald City, aka The Promised Land
    Very sad news. Captain Scarlet and Thunderbirds were a huge part of my childhood.
  3. Relayer1

    Relayer1 Vice Admiral Admiral

    Aug 21, 2011
    The Black Country, England
    There goes another piece of my childhood.

    Very sad - RIP Gerry.

    And thank you...
    Last edited: Dec 26, 2012
  4. DWF

    DWF Admiral Admiral

    May 19, 2001
    Columbus, Ohio
    He was a true giant in the world of science fiction, I loved Space:1999. :(
  5. DalekJim

    DalekJim Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Jun 22, 2009
    Great Britain
    A true visionary and hero of mine. Sad news.
  6. Cutter John

    Cutter John Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    I just saw this on a BBC news site. What a loss for us older fans who remember his shows. :(
  7. The Wormhole

    The Wormhole Admiral Admiral

    Jul 23, 2001
    Damn. Although I'm too young to have been around when his shows first aired, reruns of Thunderbirds were on TV during my childhood years. In fact, the early 90s there was something of a Thunderbirds revival with episodes released on VHS and new toys released (die-cast metal "dinkies" of the Thunderbirds and action figures of the characters). I seem to remember his other shows being showsn in early 90s as well, like Captain Scarlet and Stingray, though those didn't catch on as much as Thunderbirds.

  8. Saga

    Saga Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Sep 6, 2008
    i grew up watching reruns of Stingray, Captain Scarlet and Space: 1999 on the Sci Fi ch. RIP.
  9. SeerSGB

    SeerSGB Admiral Admiral

    Oct 13, 2003
    RIP Leonard Nimoy
    RIP Gerry. Sci-Fi has lost another great.
  10. cylkoth

    cylkoth Commodore Commodore

    Jan 16, 2003
    Sad news indeed. RIP Gerry.
  11. The Squire of Gothos

    The Squire of Gothos Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Jun 24, 2001
    Northern Ireland
    Shame to hear that. Time to unseal my complete box set of Space 1999 in memorial.
  12. Flibble

    Flibble Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Aug 24, 2003
    RIP. I have some great childhood memories because of the characters that he gave us.
  13. Starkers

    Starkers Admiral Admiral

    Apr 22, 2001
    Behind Enemy Lines
    Such a shame, and a great pity his final years were blighted by dementia :( he managed to help front the Memory Walks run by the Alzheimer's Society over the summer, so he was doing things almost to the end.

    Saw him at an event at the National space Centre in Leicester a couple of years ago, he seemed somewhat confused but this made more sense when his condition was revealed a few months later.
  14. Australis

    Australis Writer Admiral

    Mar 12, 2005
    I was never one much for Thunderbirds (simply didn't show where I lived) and Space: 1999 (wonky science), but...

    Growing up in country NSW, miles from anywhere, a whole world opened up with Supercar, Stingray, Fireball XL5, Captain Scarlet, Joe 90, the Secret Service, and a little later UFO. To say he was a huge influence on my imagination is a wild understatement. To say that I looked forward to what was coming next from him, the same. I had a Stingray annual in the mid 60s that I read and reread until it literally fell to bits.

    To say that I am sad today is well short of the mark. :(
    Last edited: Dec 27, 2012
  15. Andrew_Kearley

    Andrew_Kearley Captain Captain

    Jan 13, 2007
    Moonbase Alpha
    Such sad news. I don't think there are any sci-fi fans (certainly not in Britain) who weren't aware of Mr Anderson and the shows his team created. Colourful, innovative and visually impressive, pioneering in terms of effects and filming techniques - but in addition to all the impressive hardware and action adventure, the puppet shows were often whimsical, silly and delightfully bonkers, which gave them appeal across all age groups. Also produced two of the greatest adult sci-fi shows ever (certainly in my all-time top 5): "UFO" and "Space: 1999".

    It is an impressive body of work that will stand as his lasting monument. I think it's fair to say that he was the most famous tv producer ever, in terms of being identified with his work. There are plenty of producers known for one or two great hits, but Gerry is unique in that his entire output is synonymous with his name. The "Gerry Anderson production" seems like a genre of its own. And that's a fantastic legacy.

    RIP Gerry.
  16. Lieut. Arex

    Lieut. Arex Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    May 18, 2001
    Nav console
    Sadnews recently Ive been rewatching and enjoyingFO
  17. Galileo7

    Galileo7 Commodore Commodore

    Sep 19, 2010
    east coast U.S.
    Sad news, Gerry Anderson's Thunderbirds, UFO and especially Space:1999 were a huge part of my childhood. He will be missed, but never forgotten.:wah:
  18. Dac

    Dac Commodore Commodore

    Aug 9, 2005
    The Essex wastes...
    Damn. This has really hit me the more I look back on his shows. I grew up in the early/mid 90s watching reruns and playing with the toys of everything I could get my hands on - Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet and Stingray mainly. Almost everything he was involved with had a quality to it to some degree. Yes, even Space Precinct and New Captain Scarlet had their moments.

    It's terribly sad to live in a world where we'll no longer look forward to a new Gerry Anderson project :(
  19. Saul

    Saul Vice Admiral Admiral

    Dec 27, 2002
    He knew how to make very entertaining shows. It's a shame he didn't get to make he proposed new Thunderbird series he had been mentioning for years, I guess his condition put a stop to him working on it.
  20. Marc

    Marc Fleet Admiral Admiral

    Nov 14, 2003
    An Aussie in Canukistan
    Read at one point he was trying to bring Thunderbirds back to tv via cgi as was done a few years back with Captain Scarlet but I guess that will never happen.

    Never into real saw any of his early shows but watched thunderbirds and can remember space:1999 on it's first run on Australian tv.

    Might have even scene them before seeing Star Trek :).

    Was 14 at the time but was miffed at Terrahawks being pre-empted after the loss of the Challenger (my first encounter with media regurgitation in story coverage).