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Star Trek Movie Memories [Mass Market Paperback]

William Shatner
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31 Dec 1995
The sequel to the bestselling "Star Trek Memories," documenting in deliciously lurid and candid detail all the behind-the-scenes shenanigans in the making of the six Star Trek movies, with on-the-scene reporting from the set of the seventh in which...Kirk dies! "Star Trek Movie Memories" recounts all the chaos, creative turmoil, backstage politics, power plays and production nightmares that permeated every one of the six "Star Trek" movies, including the accumulated grudges that haven't yet mellowed with the passage of time. And the stories... Nicholas Meyer writing the script for "Star Trek" II in twelve days... Kirstie Alley doing her Leonard Nimoy imitation in an audition... How Kirk's love interest in "Star Trek" IV began as a role for Eddie Murphy, and you can imagine the rest (or maybe not). With stories and quotes from the principles that have never before been uttered in public, this will deliver a truly unprecedented behind-the-scenes view of the Trek films that will amaze even the most avid Trekker. And on top of it all, the hardcover will be published in time for the seventh film, which will present the perfect opportunity to tie the old crew and stars including Robert Wise, Ricardo Montalban, Christopher Lloyd, Christopher Plummer, Christian Slater to Patrick Stewart and the cast of "The Next Generation." The torch will be passed, and William Shatner will tell us all about how it feels as his character is killed off in the film's finale.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd; Reprint edition (31 Dec 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061093297
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061093296
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.7 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,487,599 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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William Shatner picks up where he left off in 'Star Trek Memories' and advances at warp speed from 1969 to the present, relating in explicit detail what went into making all of the six 'classic' Star Trek movies, plus the most recent film, 'Star Trek: Generations'.

Writing with the same informative and entertaining flair, Shatner discloses all the chaos, creative turmoil, backstage politics, and production mishaps that permeated every one of the movies. And with the same unflinching candor, he reveals the accumulated grudges that haven't yet mellowed with the passage of time.

Brimming with anecdotes, fascinating trivia, and never-before-seen photos, 'Star Trek Memories' will provide Trekkers with enough titillating tidbits to chew on well into Stardate 2000

"One of the most amusing exposés to come down the pike in some time"

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About the Author

Starring in seventy-nine episodes and six feature films as Captain James T. Kirk, William Shatner is the leading man in the global cultural phenomenon known as ‘Star Trek’.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Hugely enjoyable, if a little light 14 Nov 2007
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William Shatner is a genuinely funny writer. This book had me laughing out loud on several occassions as I read through his personal Star Trek movie memories, but the book actually doesn't contain all that many of them. Much of the space used is other people being interviewed and talking about their recollections of what went on. The result is less of a Star Trek memoir and more of a very interesting look at the cutthroat movie-making business. As such, this book could be very appealing to any film student/buff as well as Trek fans.

While the book is funny, it is not consistantly so. A lot of it details the arguments and backstabbing that went on behind the scenes. Also, the interviewees are not all that varied and while we hear a good deal from Nick Meyer, Harve Bennet and Leonard Nimoy (whom I never realised was such a tough character!), it is a huge shame that there is nothing from people like DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, Nichelle Nichols and some of the other cast and crew involved on the films.

That's not to say I didn't enjoy reading what is contained in this book very much, but it is a very quick read and leaves you wanting to get into a lot more detail.
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The term memoir is a misnomer. It's more a background history of the Star Trek movies. Shatner and Kreski have spent far too much time delving into the backroom fighting and creative disagreements, and not enough time reminiscing. As a useful study on what actually goes into the making of individual episodes of a major motion picture franchise, this book surely has few equals, and I hope it appears on the shelves of all important film schools. It has indeed been well researched. But really that should be a book with Kreski's name alone on it.
Surely what we want from William Shatner, actor, director and Star Trek star, is more a true memoir of his own personal relationships with the other members of the cast (good or bad), and to recall some of the laughter as well as the tears that took place while they were filming. The most we get of this is the tale of how the only two of the original cast to join Shatner in "Star Trek Generations" were his two greatest critics, Walter Koenig and James Doohan, and how Shatner, attempting to rebuild bridges, eventually persuaded them to pose for a photo, all holding hands. Koenig remarked that "a photo of the three of *us* holding hands must be worth at least $500, fifteen hundred if it was signed." Apart from that and one story from George Takei about being referred to as "Tiny" in Star Trek III, the rest is all about Harve Bennett, Nicholas Meyer, Leonard Nimoy (with his director and producer hat on) and (via memo) Gene Roddenberry, all of whom ended on very bad terms with each other. As to the cast, Nichelle Nicholls scarcely features at all, and neither does De Forest Kelley.
"Star Trek Memories", this book's predecessor, managed a better mix of stories from behind and in front of the camera, although in fairness there is already an inherent romanticism about the 1960s television industry which was to that book's advantage. "Movie Memories" generally leaves one with a nasty taste in the mouth.
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Where do I begin? Before reading this book I merely thought of Shatner as an arrogant, ungrateful upstart who did not appreciate the full impact of his wonderful role on Star Trek. After reading this book I have come to realise that Shatner is Kirk, just as all the other characters on the Enterprise are exaggerated reflections of the actors which played them.
One thing that always baffled me was how Shatner could so easily give up the greatest, most popular and televised role in history, spanning over thirty years. This book explains his struggle to control the character and at the same time his sense of loss at finally killing him off.
Perhaps it was Shatner himself that made Star Trek what it is today.
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By Killie
"Star Trek Movie Memories" is pretty much William Shatner and Chris Kreski's sequel to their earlier memoirs book, "Star Trek Memories". However whilst "Star Trek Memories" focused on the creation, production and reception of the original series, this book looks at what happened after the series was cancelled and how the various Star Trek movies came to be.

The book basically chronicles the production of the first seven Trek movies right up until Shatner has to face Kirk's death in Generations. It provides an insider's perspective of the moviemaking process including the rather intriguing thought processes of the studios etc. Shatner personalises it all though by providing the odd funny story and behind the scenes antics that I will be trying to spot when I next watch the movies.

As someone who was born in the 1980's it was the Star Trek movies that actually ignited my love for the franchise and so I was looking forward to delving into this book. So maybe there is some bias in the fact that I did enjoy this book more, but I do think the book seemed a little bit deeper, probably because Shatner's memories of this period were much fresher.

As with the previous book, Shatner's humour is evident throughout and I feel that he managed to keep his ego under reasonable control. In fact the only really Shatner centric element of the book is in regards to his touring across the country after the original series was cancelled and I actually found it rather interesting anyway. However once again we don't get much from the other cast members in terms of interviews and opinions which I assume is due to some of the issues that they have with each other.
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