A good friend of mine gave me some of her old Films in Review magazines and to my delight, I found this interview with Leonard Nimoy in one of the issues! He discusses directing Star Trek III and almost gives away the ending! Alas, the only picture they use her is Nimoy in 1/4 profile, but it’s a good interview and insight into an early directing experience for the actor. (btw, Films in Review actually blasted the movie in the August ’84 edition, (see here) but at least they gave Nimoy a chance to talk nicely about it in the November issue.
So very sad to report the tragic passing of Master Composer James Horner, who was killed in a single engine plane crash in California.
Known for many iconic scores of Hollywood films, Trek fans remember and admire his seafaring, strong and touching score for Star Trek II, The Wrath of Khan, and its follow up themes in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock.
The theme for Kirk and Spock is particularly poignant, (especially when Spock dies) and now sounds all the more sad knowing that we’ll never have another score by Mr. Horner.
James explains the score of Star Trek II, The Wrath of Khan here, and the themes of Khan, the Enterprise, and the bond between Kirk and Spock:
Mr. Horner also composed soaring themes for so many memorable movies, among them Titanic, Avatar, Field of Dreams, Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind, Braveheart, Glory, and countless others.
The movies have lost a great maestro. I add my deepest sympathy to his family and friends. May the magnificence of his music bring you comfort at this sad time. I invite you take a little time today and listen to the work and empathy that are so magical here. Here are several of his memorable soundtracks:
Kaliedescope of Mathmatics from A Beautiful Mind totally sounds like my butterfly brain: https://youtu.be/mZI3VWSu0nM
The beautiful theme to Cocoon https://youtu.be/AmpLx6UcynY
The soaring theme to Glory (hearing this now makes me very sad)
Rest in Peace, Mr. Horner. Your music belongs to the ages.
TOS Trek fan Spockboy has made many funny and marvelously intricate TOS video in the past and here’s his latest Sepia Trek (Episode 1) He and his crew do a fantastic job here and re-imagines the plot of The Search for Spock as both in the original series and as a silent movie. It’s brilliant, as usual, and also a touching tribute for Leonard Nimoy <3 Note the tiny details, like how the Constellation ‘Crew’ had their insignias all modified to match Commodore Decker’s. and fans of the first Science Fiction movie ever made, Melies Trip to the Moon (1902)will appreciate a particular reference… The blending of old and new footage is seamless, and just wonderful.
The whole idea of remaking Trek episodes as sepia silents opens a a universe of funny possibilities — Thanks to Spockboy (Paul) for letting me know about this, and lets hope this is the first of many ‘silent’ episodes!
Of course, Star Trek did not make its debut until September 8, 1966, but Leonard Nimoy has been playing Mr. Spock since filming the pilot of The Cage in 1964!
Leonard, Congratulations on embodying and evolving such a charming, cool, lovable, and enduring character for all these years. The world is a happier place because of Mr. Spock! Spock will endure forever. Thank you, and may you and he truly Live Long and Prosper! 😀