Monday, 25 February 2013

Something for the Weekend 10

Ok, so I know it's not actually the weekend any more but it was only ever an expression in the first place and what I've found here is a little bit rare and unusual and therefore couldn't possibly wait a moment longer.  Beautiful is it not?
That there image of a Spacemaid (half spacesuit half woman) is, unless I'm very much mistaken, one; Amber Dean Smith. Penthouse Pet of the Year 1966 ...for whatever that's worth in these more enlightened times!

Of course she's posing on the set of Moon Zero Two, the Hammer space western from 1969.  And why wouldn't she be, she was after all in the film as one of J.J. Hubbard's girls, along with Simone Silvera.  Here's the two of them together in an actual image from the movie.
Well Amber and Simone, being models and not actresses procured some further work on and around the set of the film doing photo shoots for any number of products in just about every available outfit, including both versions of the spacesuits.
Now I think that's all kinds of interesting from a commercial point of view as well as simply being rather lovely to look at.  Of course if you want to see more of what they got up to on set after hours you'll have to go off and search the interweb to find the other stills for yourself.  As you'll be well aware, this blog is all about the cultural history of the spacesuit and not about anything else.
Thanks girls.  You were great.

Sunday, 24 February 2013

Sunday, 10 February 2013

Director And His Space Muse 3 (1968)

Jane Fonda and the director Roger Vadim on the set of Barbarella.
This might be considered strange behaviour but he was her husband at the time so that makes it all perfectly acceptable.  This is the shot he was going for I imagine....
...which makes you wonder if he was there all the time, just below frame, gently breathing the aroma of secondary croissant up her helmet in order to inspire the dreamy faraway look he was after.  What a star.

Monday, 4 February 2013

Lockout (2012)

Lockout aka MS One: Maximum Security is a French sci-fi action flick starring Guy Pearce that's supposed to be OK but just a little bit too derivative to win too much praise. Escape from New space, anyone.

Updated to say:  I watched it this week (Feb 2018) and really liked it while it was on but the following morning when I thought about, I felt like I had wasted a bit of my life.  You may feel differently!


Frankenstein Meets the Spacemonster (1965)

Frankenstein Meets the Spacemonster aka Duel of the Space Monsters is supposed to be bad. So bad its good?  I don't know because I've never seen it but if anyone wants to add a quick review to the comments then we'll all be slightly better off for it.

And a coloured still for publicity purposes.

Rocketman (1997)


Escape From Mars (1999)