Thunderbirds Are Go, the Andersons' first of two Thunderbirds movies, is a real treat for any Project SWORD fan simply because the star of the film is Zero-X. WOTAN recently gave me the DVD version, which I watched this week. With its brilliant effects, fantastic imagery and superb musical score, here are a few other things I noticed about the film.
The Zero-X appears in a Newspaper in the movie [top], which is an artist's impression. Comparing it with Derek Medding's original concept painting [bottom; looked on by Sylvia Anderson] its clear that they are the same. It does feel only right that a film about Zero-X should include it's origin like this and it was a nice touch by the Director David Lane. I wonder what happened to the painting?
When the MEV is trundling round Mars and fighting rock snakes it deploys a machine gun from it's roof [bottom]. As soon as I saw it I thought of the Action Man machine gun I had as a kid [top]. Comparing the two there are some similarities but they're not the same. Presumably the movie gun was made by the prop department.
Finally, we have the rocket pockets of Thunderbird 3 [top] and the Zero-X escape pod [bottom]. I'm sure I've read somewhere that these are parts from an old vacuum cleaner but I can't find any reference to it. Does any one else know about this?
WOTAN's DVD includes a film commentary by Sylvia Anderson and David Lane, which I'm going to listen to next. Maybe they'll shed some more light on Thunderbirds Are Go. If you haven't watched this movie yet then I can wholeheartedly recommend it.