|Moon Zero Two : Retrospective .....
Two Copyright Hammer Film Productions &
Warner Bros-Seven Arts
While I watch a lot of shows like 'Star
Trek' and 'Stargate' they aren't really my ideal
form of science fiction. I prefer programs that
feature reasonably realistic space vehicles and
spacesuits, something like the classic '2001 A Space Odyssey' - but including action and explosions
so it isn't so bum-numbingly boring! As a result
the 1970s television series 'Space 1999' is nearly perfect for my tastes, whilst
in the film world 'Moon Zero Two' is
my firm favourite.
Made back in 1969 by the
British horror specialists Hammer, this was their
attempt to cash in on the publics new interest in
space travel caused by the Apollo Moon landings.
The film starred James Olson as a
maverick space pilot caught up in murder and the
illegal plans to crash-land an asteroid on the
far side of the Moon. It was directed by Sir Roy Ward Baker and featured some excellent special
effects by the renowned Les Bowie. However its hard to tell if the film
was trying to be serious or is actually a spoof,
especially after the opening three minute cartoon
credit sequence featuring fighting astronauts!
This was one of the film studios most expensive
projects and was billed as 'the first Space
Western' - unfortunately it wasn't a great
success and Hammer went back to it's more normal