Gerry Anderson, R.I.P.

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  • boo 26 Dec 2012 16:21:00 12,715 posts
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    A legend has passed away.

    RIP.
  • MrTomFTW Best Moderator, 2015 26 Dec 2012 16:26:48 45,140 posts
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    I thought he had died years ago.

    Edited by MrTomFTW at 16:27:09 26-12-2012
  • smoothpete 26 Dec 2012 16:38:55 33,419 posts
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    Shame. I grew up on Stingray and Captain Scarlet. :(
  • Kostabi 26 Dec 2012 16:43:29 5,782 posts
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    Thunderbirds is, was and always will be my favourite TV show from my childhood.

    RIP Gerry. :(
  • ZuluHero 26 Dec 2012 16:44:13 5,213 posts
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    aww.. They should give him a space burial like Gene Roddenberry.

    Wikipedia tells me they're planning another mission to launch more of his (GR) ashes with his wife in 2014, they should get Gerry Anderson a ticket for that. Great man, Great legacy.
  • colinmac 26 Dec 2012 16:51:41 759 posts
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    I'm sad. I've loved all his works at some point. I'm 45 and still love a good Eagle Transporter model !
  • Psychotext 26 Dec 2012 17:13:02 60,419 posts
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    Was watching the BBC "who died in 2012" slideshow and couldn't help thinking to myself at the time that the 26th was probably too early to do one without potentially missing someone else that's famous. :(
  • Dirtbox Best Forumite, 2015 26 Dec 2012 17:28:14 87,456 posts
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    Going to watch some Terrahawks and Space Precinct in remembrance.
  • Whizzo 26 Dec 2012 17:29:14 44,697 posts
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    Sad to hear the news, my childhood would certainly have been less fun without Gerry's creations influencing it so much.

    :-(
  • thelzdking 26 Dec 2012 17:52:53 5,125 posts
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    :(
  • Lt_Drebin 26 Dec 2012 18:20:36 261 posts
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    2012 has not been a good one for many of the people who defined my childhood. RIP Gerry.
  • Sid-Nice 26 Dec 2012 18:20:53 15,848 posts
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    F.A.B.
  • DFawkes Friendliest Forumite, 2015 26 Dec 2012 18:22:35 29,120 posts
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    :( I was just watching Thunderbirds this morning (probably just as he passed away in fact) and was hoping he might re-acquire the right and do something new with it, like he did with Captain Scarlet. Such a real shame, he's responsible for many generations worth of joy.

    RIP, Gerry, Spectrum will never really be green again without you.
  • kickerconspiracy 26 Dec 2012 18:22:38 494 posts
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    I remember loving Terrahawks as a kid, but when I tried to sit through an episode of Thunderbirds a few years ago I was bored to tears.
  • Scimarad 26 Dec 2012 18:35:05 9,076 posts
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    Really sad news:(

    A lot of his vehicles still look extremely cool, especially the eagles and those interceptors from Captain Scarlet.
  • Deleted user 26 December 2012 18:47:54
    Captain Scarlet was the shit.

    R.I.P.
  • Ged42 26 Dec 2012 18:50:59 7,985 posts
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    Very sad to hear this, Thunderbirds was my favorite show as a kid.

    FAB sir. :(
  • SBfistfun 26 Dec 2012 20:35:10 174 posts
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    R.I.P
  • FatPablo 26 Dec 2012 20:47:13 16 posts
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    Loved Captain Scarlet when i was growing up.

    R.I.P you Legend
  • neilka 26 Dec 2012 21:47:45 18,742 posts
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    His family were worried that there might be some special conditions in his will but surprisingly there were no strings attached.
  • RichieTenenbaum 26 Dec 2012 21:56:13 2,336 posts
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    neilka wrote:
    His family were worried that there might be some special conditions in his will but surprisingly there were no strings attached.
    no

    Not to Gerry Anderson.
  • Dirtbox Best Forumite, 2015 26 Dec 2012 22:25:12 87,456 posts
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  • spamdangled 27 Dec 2012 06:13:25 29,860 posts
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    An absolute legend who will be sorely missed for both his imagination and his pioneering puppetry work.

    If he wasn't American, he would have been a prime contender for a knighthood.
  • Trowel 27 Dec 2012 08:12:57 20,444 posts
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    Grew up with Thunderbirds and Terrahawks, but for me Captain Scarlett and Stingray were his best - Marina is right up there for strange schoolboy crushes

    Heard he was passed over for the Moonraker screenplay - now that would have been interesting.

    darkmorgado wrote:
    If he wasn't American, he would have been a prime contender for a knighthood.
    Err, he wasn't American (and had an MBE).
  • Deleted user 27 December 2012 10:02:35
    colinmac wrote:


    I'm sad. I've loved all his works at some point. I'm 45 and still love a good Eagle Transporter model !
    RIP Gerry! :(

    Well, I'm 43 and I still have my Eagle Spaceship that I got back in the 1970's :D Space 1999 is my favourite tv show ever :) (season 1 was the best!)
  • sport 27 Dec 2012 10:08:10 13,627 posts
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    I remember watching Stingray on a 8mm projector at my cousins house - bloody loved it!

    RIP Gerry
  • _Price_ 27 Dec 2012 10:26:17 3,071 posts
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    R.I.P. Gerry.

    Stunning collection of shows that made my childhood all the better for watching them. Still catch them on BBC from time to time and can't help but become entranced every single time.

    F.A.B.
  • Razz 27 Dec 2012 10:36:46 63,021 posts
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    RIP :(

    At his funeral, they should tie some strings to his corpse and have him give his own eulogy in oppa puppet style.
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