There is still an on-going debate about the identity of this character who was in the film Thunderbird 6. The codename “Black Phantom” was used to identify him, and director David Lane joked that the "Black Phantom" is the "son of the Hood". – Since the Hood was supposedly killed off in the previous film; Thunderbirds Are Go. Sylvia Anderson also stated that the "Black Phantom" is a different character, who also got killed off.Although many fans have noted that the Hood had faced such seemingly certain-death situations before and always survived.Ultimately, re-wigging an already made puppet would have saved the production team some money. And at the same time would provoke debate amongst the fans about the true identity of the character, and the ultimate fate of the Hood. [Which is still going on today] Friends of mine like Cooky, who assert that the new series is a continuation of the old one abet set a couple of years down the line, would simply say that he did survive. To just become even more twisted than ever…One thing is for certain, there are not many TV programmes made for Children over fifty years ago that are back in production, are still talked about now, and influenced, and continue to influence the Film producers of today and tomorrow.Gerry & Sylvia Anderson together with their fantastically talented team created an absolute masterpiece. I’m proud to have been there at the very beginning as a five year old, watching the flickering images from TWW on a Black and White TV set, as the crew and passengers of the Fireflash are saved from deranged a Techo-Terrorist by International Rescue.
Superb Bill. You really know your stuff when it comes to Gerry Anderson. So the character on the cover could be the Black Phantom. Fascinating.
Oh yes Woodsy; that character is the “Black Phantom” without a doubt.When I first saw the film, I thought that is was the Hood, who had undergone plastic surgery, due the injuries he received after Parker had shot up his HeliJet in Thunderbirds Are Go, and we all thought he’d been bumped off!But then again I was still a kid at the time… Interesting isn’t it, how a Childs simple understanding is completely different to what appears to be the convoluted plot line to the creators of a film!Similarly, when I watched the Prisoner, the whole thing was no mystery to me; “Number 6” was “Danger Man” – and he resigned… He knew “Too Much” and during the course of the series they tried to find out if he would betray the Secret Service. He of course was trying to escape or frustrate his captors as he didn’t know whose side they were on. In the end, we find out it’s our lot, and he convinces them he can be trusted, so they let him go!That is how it appeared to me as an eight-year-old. Even today, it still works for me, although that is not what Patrick McGoohan intended. I suspect Prisoner Fans would go into meltdown at that explanation, but as I said, I was only eight at the time.Recently me and Mrs Ev~ have been watching “The Champions” on a Friday Evening, and I’m looking forward to seeing the episode “Project Zero” as it was originally written for Danger Man. So it’ll be, spot the substitute character for John Drake when we do watch it.Have a good one Woodsy, and I loved the current show, you’ve been described to me as “The Hairy Bikers of Specialist Antique Collecting!” – You certainly have a winner there.
Thanks for the kind words Bill. I do hope that you will be back on the radio soon. Your'e cult TV knowledge is also spot-on and an added bonus is your good memory. I can't recall detail of TV shows, just the odd theme tune, the basic premise and what the main characters looked like. That's it! Oddly enough, I found a pic of my family and me at Part Meirion in the late Sixties. I have an idea we even went on a beach there. Is that possible?
Hi Woodsy, barking like a dog at the moment and scaring Ralphy the Kitten witless! - Port Merion is one of those enigmatic places which I've visited several times.Indeed it does have a beach although I've never walked on it. It looks like the tide comes right in to the Sea Wall, although whenever I was there the tide was out. Something that is strange is that on camera the external shots look like they could accommodate the internal sets; until you get close up. In reality the inside of many of the buildings are tiny.Port Meirion is essentially a massive hotel, and an expensive one too.Apparently you can check out any time you like but you can never leave! - Be Seeing You!
isn't there also a range of crockery related to Port Meirion as well Bill? Hope your throat feels better.