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 Posted:   Apr 9, 2021 - 7:07 AM   
 By:   Solium   (Member)

So I'm watching Space 1999 and noticed they don't sound British. I know the two main stars are American but the rest of the cast are British, no? And it was filmed in England.

Watch Doctor Who, or any other British Sci Fi and you can easily pick up British dialect. If I didn't know any better I'd say 1999 was a US production, which of course it wasn't.


Solium, that's a good question. But I also have a question as I used to watch this on Saturday afternoons

Now, correct me if I'm wrong but why did they whisper so much? Especially Barbara Bain? Or if not whispering, speak so low?


Haha, good question. She was soft spoken wasn't she? I think they generally spoke in a normal casual volume.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 9, 2021 - 9:23 AM   
 By:   paulhickling   (Member)

That's something that occurred to me from the first time I saw it, the Bain whisper. I never saw the first episode on broadcast as I was in hospital having my tonsils out at the time. But, she spoke with the whisper, and was usually lensed in soft focus for close ups. It always made me feel cold, like she was some sort of ice queen. Frosty.

By the way, favourite episode?

For me it's a tie with Breakaway (that I only saw later on rerun of course) and Dragon's Domain. I love the whole storytelling thing, the classical music, and the only monster in Season 1.

Used to hate The Black Sun, but last time I saw it on Network's lovely Blu ray I quite enjoyed it. Along with the other episodes the nostalgia bug kicked in.

Who knows? Maybe I'll pick up Season 2 in one of Network's sales...

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 9, 2021 - 11:10 AM   
 By:   Nightingale   (Member)

So I'm watching Space 1999 and noticed they don't sound British. I know the two main stars are American but the rest of the cast are British, no? And it was filmed in England.

Watch Doctor Who, or any other British Sci Fi and you can easily pick up British dialect. If I didn't know any better I'd say 1999 was a US production, which of course it wasn't.


Solium, that's a good question. But I also have a question as I used to watch this on Saturday afternoons

Now, correct me if I'm wrong but why did they whisper so much? Especially Barbara Bain? Or if not whispering, speak so low?


Yes, her whisper talk was very annoying.

 
 Posted:   Apr 9, 2021 - 12:26 PM   
 By:   Solium   (Member)

So I'm watching Space 1999 and noticed they don't sound British. I know the two main stars are American but the rest of the cast are British, no? And it was filmed in England.

Watch Doctor Who, or any other British Sci Fi and you can easily pick up British dialect. If I didn't know any better I'd say 1999 was a US production, which of course it wasn't.


Solium, that's a good question. But I also have a question as I used to watch this on Saturday afternoons

Now, correct me if I'm wrong but why did they whisper so much? Especially Barbara Bain? Or if not whispering, speak so low?


Yes, her whisper talk was very annoying.


Maybe they thought she sounded more like a serious analytical science lady.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 10, 2021 - 7:54 AM   
 By:   paulhickling   (Member)

Well I could be wrong without checking, but didn't her close ups have that soft focus look many Hollywood leading ladies had in classic 40s/50s movies? So it would seem to me to be one of those cosmetic things Bain herself might have requested. As I say, made her sound and look freezing.

 
 Posted:   Apr 10, 2021 - 1:36 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

Well I could be wrong without checking, but didn't her close ups have that soft focus look many Hollywood leading ladies had in classic 40s/50s movies? So it would seem to me to be one of those cosmetic things Bain herself might have requested. As I say, made her sound and look freezing.

Yes I seem to remember that as well during season two. Here are also some recollections from Catherine Schell, about her time on the series.

https://catacombs.space1999.net/press/wrefpcs1993.html

 
 Posted:   Apr 10, 2021 - 3:20 PM   
 By:   Advise & Consent   (Member)

Well I could be wrong without checking, but didn't her close ups have that soft focus look many Hollywood leading ladies had in classic 40s/50s movies? So it would seem to me to be one of those cosmetic things Bain herself might have requested. As I say, made her sound and look freezing.

Yes I seem to remember that as well during season two. Here are also some recollections from Catherine Schell, about her time on the series.

https://catacombs.space1999.net/press/wrefpcs1993.html


Thanks for info Mr. Johnson.

Catherine Schell was a spectacular beauty, somewhat downplayed for the part. I also recall that the producers had another (absolutely) breathtaking actress in mind for the Maya role. There was one picture of her in an issue of Starlog, but I don't think I've ever seen her name anywhere. Does anyone have any info about her?

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 10, 2021 - 5:58 PM   
 By:   ZardozSpeaks   (Member)


Catherine Schell was a spectacular beauty, somewhat downplayed for the part. I also recall that the producers had another (absolutely) breathtaking actress in mind for the Maya role. There was one picture of her in an issue of Starlog, but I don't think I've ever seen her name anywhere. Does anyone have any info about her?


Teresa Graves is the only name I've read about; purportedly, 40 screen tests were done by the time C. Schell got the role.

 
 Posted:   Apr 10, 2021 - 7:08 PM   
 By:   Advise & Consent   (Member)


Catherine Schell was a spectacular beauty, somewhat downplayed for the part. I also recall that the producers had another (absolutely) breathtaking actress in mind for the Maya role. There was one picture of her in an issue of Starlog, but I don't think I've ever seen her name anywhere. Does anyone have any info about her?


Teresa Graves is the only name I've read about; purportedly, 40 screen tests were done by the time C. Schell got the role.



Yep. That wasn't the photo in Starlog, but that is her. Gerry Anderson described her as having very fine features. I would also add that she was stunning.

Thanks for the info, Mr. Zardoz.

 
 Posted:   Apr 10, 2021 - 8:29 PM   
 By:   Solium   (Member)

Well I could be wrong without checking, but didn't her close ups have that soft focus look many Hollywood leading ladies had in classic 40s/50s movies? So it would seem to me to be one of those cosmetic things Bain herself might have requested. As I say, made her sound and look freezing.

Yes I seem to remember that as well during season two. Here are also some recollections from Catherine Schell, about her time on the series.

https://catacombs.space1999.net/press/wrefpcs1993.html


They did that soft glow, sparkly eyes for romantic scenes in Star Trek TOS.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 11, 2021 - 7:14 AM   
 By:   paulhickling   (Member)

Strange that magazine interview. Because TV Zone was run by Doctor Who fans (and featured it prominently), so I wonder why they didn't ask her about her guest role, alongside Julian Glover, in a well loved Who serial with Tom Baker, City of Death..

Anyway Guardians of Piri does show Schell at her very attractive self so all is not lost on the show. And the better season to boot! I always did think she was made to look frumpy as Maya. Now we know why. At least it's a compliment (backhanded perhaps), that she thought she was so good looking, and then getting her part in Season 2 based on her capabilities as a actor.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 11, 2021 - 4:31 PM   
 By:   razorback64   (Member)

Nick Tate is Australian and you have that episode where he is showing a young boy how to throw a Boomerang.

 
 Posted:   Apr 12, 2021 - 5:55 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

Sylvia Anderson talks Space:1999 at the 6:20 mark.

 
 Posted:   Apr 12, 2021 - 8:15 AM   
 By:   Jehannum   (Member)


Catherine Schell was a spectacular beauty, somewhat downplayed for the part.


I read that that was down to Barbara Bain, who didn't want to be outshone by Schell in a costume similar to the one she wore in the first series.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 13, 2021 - 10:52 AM   
 By:   paulhickling   (Member)


Catherine Schell was a spectacular beauty, somewhat downplayed for the part.


I read that that was down to Barbara Bain, who didn't want to be outshone by Schell in a costume similar to the one she wore in the first series.


Now that I can understand, because she looks a scorcher in that. But to make SO much more frumpy?

 
 Posted:   Apr 14, 2021 - 6:00 AM   
 By:   Solium   (Member)


Catherine Schell was a spectacular beauty, somewhat downplayed for the part.



The sideburns didn't help.

 
 Posted:   Apr 17, 2021 - 12:05 PM   
 By:   Solium   (Member)

Sybil Danning joined the cast of Space:1999!

 
 Posted:   Apr 19, 2021 - 3:21 PM   
 By:   Warlok   (Member)

Carter did... he kind of talked Britstralian, didn't he?

smile

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 20, 2021 - 11:25 AM   
 By:   paulhickling   (Member)

Carter did... he kind of talked Britstralian, didn't he?

smile


Yep.

 
 Posted:   Apr 20, 2021 - 3:31 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

Carter did... he kind of talked Britstralian, didn't he?

smile


Yep.


Nick Tate had an American accent for Into Infinity/The Day After Tomorrow.

 
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