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on 14 November 2007
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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VINE VOICEon 28 April 2003
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 appears 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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on 19 June 1999
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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on 9 January 2014
"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. This meant that the book was focused on a lot of the backroom and business issues rather than on cast escapades and other potentially interesting personal stories.

An interesting observation I had in regards to Shatner's relationship with his cast mates is that when he commented on the various issues between them I found that he managed to avoid actually placing blame. He simply acknowledges the state of affairs and moves on which isn't something you see in today's world which is full of twitter spats etc. I am sure some people would still have rather seen him delve into a fiery blame game here but personally I found it all very tactful and was happy that he kept away from it.

Overall I think Shatner really did put his heart into writing this and whilst there are some elements of bias here and there due to people remembering things differently I still felt it was a reasonable attempt at some form of neutrality when you consider his close involvement with what went on. Other than that it was quite simply an interesting, entertaining and fun read that should appeal to most fans of Star Trek.
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These memoires of William Shatner have been co-written with Chris Kreski, but it is not clear where one ends and the other begins. There are some poor quality illustrations scattered throughout the book - this is a review of the paperback edition - and there is, unfortunately, no index.

There are eleven chapters, which take us through each of the films, one by one, chapter by chapter. But first Shatner fills in what happened between the end of the original series and the filming of the first motion picture. This was a low point for Shatner personally: he was unemployed, going through a divorce, and even homeless. He was initially hostile to Star Trek conventions but came to realise through the syndication on US TV how popular the series had become.

With regard to the films themselves, I consider the first to be - by far - the best, so I was disappointed to learn Shatner's view that, "while visually stunning, [it] was also deathly slow." But at least Shatner confirms why I did not rate `Star Trek IV', which was intentionally "light, enjoyable and full of comic moments." The chapter on `Star Trek V' is notably longer, since Shatner directed it, and we learn that as early as `Star Trek VI', the idea was being mooted of introducing Kirk, Spock, Bones, et al before the `Five-Year Mission'. By the time `Star Trek VII' (`Generations') was filmed, Shatner relates how "I found myself feeling as if I were now a great star in somebody else's how. The bridge was no longer mine."

The style of Shatner's book is similar to that of his memoires concerning the original series. He interweaves his own story with contributions from other cast members, screenwriters, directors, and producers. These contributions are done in the style of an interview, as if he is relaying word for word what others have said on tape. It all fits snugly together and the result is a sense of reading a documentary script.

Shatner has no shame in showing off his `divo' airs, and he openly admits to him and Nimoy colluding and playing games with the studio prior to renewal of contracts. Indeed, Shatner seems to tell it how it is, including Leonard Nimoy's fallout with paramount and with Roddenberry. But, then, Roddenberry seems to have fallen out with everybody at some stage.

This, then, is a well-written and insightful look from Shatner's angle into the origins and production of the first seven Star Trek motion pictures. In the book's epilogue Kirk, sorry Shatner, ponders whether he will ever again play the role: "for now, for the foreseeable film future, and perhaps forever, Captain James Tiberius Kirk is quite simply dead, buried under six feet of dry red sand on Veridian Three." And there, indeed, he remains to this day.
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Starting.... "This is William Shatner, and these are... my Star Trek... Movie... Memories..." I knew this was going to be a classic audio book.
Actually, when one of my friends told me about "Star Trek, Movie Memories" I was a little dubious... but this really is one of the most truely amusing Audio Books I have ever heard!
Basically the deep theatrical tones of William Shatner, take you through his book on the background of the Star Trek movie franchise, from 'The Motion Picture' to 'Generations'.... It it a great insight to Shatner's view of Star Trek (if a little warped!).
Sometimes you begin to think that Shatner's grip on reality is tenuous at best - at his classic quote of him being in the best physical shape of his life for 'Generations', had me laughing out loud. But his insights to studio politics, personal clashes between Roddenberry and everyone else, and creaky special effects are enlightening.
If you are a Trekkie, avid or just interested - this is well worth the money. Pity it's not on CD...
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on 9 November 1998
Having recently watched all seven of the Star Trek movies which still feature the original cast (all over again), I was very grateful for this very candid and thoroughly entertaining book about their making. It is full of great anecdotes and one or two stories which made me laugh so hard, I had a hard time trying to breathe. A great sequel to Star Trek Memories and an absolute must for all fans of the original series and the movies.
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on 2 November 1997
A sequel to his book "Star Trek Memories" Shatner does it again! His bright insights of his career as Captain Kirk carried me strait through the book, with hardly the need to stop. A must read by ANY Star Trek Fan!
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on 2 May 2015
Just love Mr Shatner anyway and this did not fail to disapoint.
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on 20 July 2015
another fantastic read, i couldnt put it down.
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