Item description for My Fab Years! Sylvia Anderson by Sylvia Anderson...
Hermes Press proudly announces the publication of the definitive behind-the-scenes history of the great British sci-fi television series and movies of the late 1950s, 1960s and 1970s: Supercar, Fireball XL5, Stingray, Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet, Secret Service, Joe 90, Doppelganger, UFO and Space: 1999 from their co-creator, Sylvia Anderson. Packed full of behind-the-scenes photographs depicting the daily nuts-and-bolts of these productions, Anderson details everything fans of these great shows want to know. This book contains page after page of memorable stories and anecdotes about Anderson's involvement with these ground-breaking sci-fi television shows and films. Containing over 200 rarely seen photographs with detailed remembrances of what made these ground-breaking shows so memorable. Also available in a hardcover edition (1-932563-92-X, $49.99).
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 12" Height: 12" Weight: 2.95 lbs.
Release Date Aug 15, 2007
Publisher Hermes Press
ISBN 1932563911 ISBN13 9781932563917
Reviews - What do customers think about My Fab Years! Sylvia Anderson?
This Book is Also FAB Sep 28, 2007
Great book and interesting to see what Sylvia's view of the whole Anderson Empire was as it was all happening. Her contribution to all the great shows from "Twizzle" to "Space:1999" was considerable and she is often forgotten while eclipsed by the shadow of her ex-husband, Gerry Anderson. The book is large and contains many rare photos of the people who made Thunderbirds go as well as all the other Supermarionation programs most of us grew up with.
Must-have for fans of the Anderson shows Aug 18, 2007
The highlight of this book is the great (and plentiful) behind-the-scenes photos, mostly in b/w that tell the story of the Andersons' company and the production of their timeless shows.
There is not a whole lot of technical detail regarding the production that hasn't already been revealed by earlier books and websites. What this book does cover in some depth, however, is the extended afterlife and public attention that shows like Thunderbirds have attained - testament to the great care lavished on the original productions.
The only serious criticism of this book is the occasional lapse in proof-reading. Ed White on Gemini made the first spacewalk during the Thunderbirds production timeframe, it was Armstrong on Apollo that was the first moonwalker, long after Thunderbirds was completed. The model that Sylvia is standing next to on page 32 is Thunderbird 3, not TB1.
Buy it for the pictures and the unique perspective of someone who is very proud of her accomplishments in family entertainment, and rightly so. The techniques and innovation pioneered by the Andersons and their talented crew have been emulated, but seldom matched in the thirty-some years since their heyday.