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The Complete Book of Gerry Anderson's UFO [Paperback]

Chris Bentley , Ed Bishop
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6 Nov 2003
In September 1970, a new science-fiction series premiered on British television. Inspired by popular interest in sightings of unidentified flying objects, 'UFO' followed the exploits of the top-secret SHADO organisation whose operatives defended the Earth against hostile extra-terrestrial visitors. Headquartered in an underground complex concealed beneath a film studio, with a lunar base and a fleet of sophisticated air, ground and submarine vehicles at their disposal, SHADO waged a covert war against the Aliens - a war in which even the most triumphant victory was often tempered by appalling personal sacrifice.

Fondly remembered for the catsuited, purple-wigged Space Trackers of SHADO Moonbase, state-of-the-art model effects and a career-defining performance by series star Ed Bishop as Commander Ed Straker, 'UFO' was the first live-action television series from producer Gerry Anderson, the creator of 'Thunderbirds', 'Captain Scarlet', 'Fireball XL5' and 'Space:1999'. More than 35 years on, 'UFO' has become a cult TV classic with a devoted following around the world.

'The Complete Book of Gerry Anderson's UFO' is the authorised reference guide to this cult classic television series. This definitive companion tells the full story of the making of the series, presents a comprehensive guide to all 26 TV episodes, and goes 80 feet beneath the Harlington-Straker Film Studios to lift the lid on the top-secret SHADO organisation.

Revised and updated for this hardback edition, the book now includes details of the unfilmed episode 'The Patriot' and plans to remake the series for a 21st century audience, plus an eight-page colour photo section and a new foreword by best-selling author Donald James.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Reynolds & Hearn Ltd (6 Nov 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 190311165X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903111659
  • Product Dimensions: 28 x 21.6 x 0.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 837,918 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chris Bentley is the author of 'The Complete Book of Thunderbirds', 'The Complete Book of Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons' and 'The Complete Gerry Anderson – The Authorised Episode Guide'. He is also the Chairman of Fanderson, the Official Gerry Anderson Appreciation Society.

Donald James is the author of the best-selling novels 'Monstrum', 'The Fortune Teller', 'Vadim' and 'Walking the Shadows', and also 'World's End: A Memoir of a Blitz Childhood'. As a screen-writer, he has written for many TV series including 'Mission: Impossible', 'The Champions', 'The Saint', 'Department S' and 'The Persuaders!' For Gerry Anderson, he scripted episodes of 'Joe 90', 'The Secret Service', 'UFO', 'The Protectors' and 'Space:1999' as well as the feature film 'Doppelganger' (1969). --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A comprehensive guide! 18 Nov 2003
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Anyone that's bought UFO on DVD in the last 18 months should buy this book - if anyone knows this series and the Andersons inside out then it's the author Chris Bentley. They don't make series like this anymore and unfortunately never will again.
The only slight disappointment initially was the lack of colour printing inside (especially as the series had such a high visual impact), however I've heard that this allowed for an increase in the number of pages and therefore you get much more detail (which is fine by me). It's easy to forget just how many people worked behind the scenes on a show such as this (shot on film to a feature film standard), and thankfully there's plenty of information on un-credited cast & crew as well as the many interesting stills taken during filming. In addition, there's pages on pre-production, cast & character biographies, deleted scenes and more. One major oversight is the lack of a pull-out poster of Deborah Grant or Ayshea - but you can't have everything I suppose! :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Comprehensive 11 April 2005
This is the best book I have ever seen written about a television series. Bentley's knowledge of locations used etc is so vast that he must have had access to a lot of original documents. If you are a fan of this fantastic show then your enjoyment of it will be enhanced by reading all the detailed information. This is obviously a labour of love and since the book has not had to appeal to as mixed an age group as the Thunderbirds volume Bentley is able to pitch it at an older fan audience. Particularly useful is all the information about deleted scenes. This gives additional insights into how individual episodes might have turned out. This is an incredibly useful companion to read alongside watching the superb dvd sets.
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5.0 out of 5 stars UFO fans will love this book 14 Sep 2005
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Another brilliant book by Chris Bentley, the complete book of UFO is well written and you will not be able to put it down once you start to read this. Ideally you should read this book and then watch the DVD or video's. Ed Bishop's foreward is a very good insight and informative look into UFO from the actors perspective.
The book then goes into newspaper reports from 1878 to 1970 about UFO's and the Before UFO is a good look at Lew Grade and his biography which includes ATV's history and includes the Anderson's productions. The pre-production, the British MGM and Pinewood Studio's are brilliant and then we have the main cast with their biog's that is excellent and up to date at time of print. Other background information about the TV show is very informative and the photo shots are great. Then comes the Guide to the Episodes which, like other Bentley books, are brilliant but also includes the Location shoots along with the transmission premier and network premier (known as first transmission and UK National transmission on previous books), the notes and oops as well as detail to each episode, are like the Thunderbirds and Captain Scarlet books. It also includes the deleted scenes and actors lines and stage descriptions. The episode orders include the ITC screening along with the USA syndication and Japanese screenings order.
I can say without doubt that you will enjoy this book and if you love UFO, this is a bonus. Brilliant value that you will read over time and again.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great book about a great series 13 Jan 2013
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I was saddened over Christmas to read of the passing of Gerry Anderson, whose name fronted some stunning programmes I and many generations of children around the world grew up watching.

UFO was Anderson's first foray into live action following a successful run of puppet series and it is only now(having watched the series recently on DVD) that I see the adult quality compared to, say, Thunderbirds. As such I would like to use this opportunity to not only review Chris Bentley's book, but the series as a whole.

I recall UFO initially being shown in the Saturday teatime slot on London Weekend Television in 1971 (it clashed with Dr Who on BBC1 for a while!) To me as a 5 year old it was an action series and the scenes of the interceptors launching or the SHADO Mobiles moving through woodland all seemed very real and made a great impression on me. A number of scenes from certain episodes remained with me for years: the Aliens shooting at SHADO troops from behind trees in a pine forest, a frightened Lieutenant Nina Barry crawling through the ducting of a Skydiver and, most vividly, Paul Foster, after having being kidnapped by the Aliens and fitted with one of their space suits, vomitting green liquid out of his lungs as they removed his helmet.

Episode endings were rarely optimistic: whereas on Thunderbirds, there would be some tomfoolery between the Tracey brothers, a typical episode of UFO concluded with a solemn-looking Ed Straker seated behind his desk, contemplating how much more there was learn in the combat against the Aliens. A couple of episodes - A Question of Priorities and Confetti Check AOK - I find disturbing as they illustrate to what extremes Straker was prepared to go for the sake of his job, the price being his family.
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