Its a sad Boxing day for me. I had not intended to post on the blog until the end of the week (with a look at some of the films and books Christmas brought me) but I have just heard that one of my favourite film makers and innovators has died. Gerry Anderson died today aged 83 after suffering from some ill health and Alzheimer’s disease as well. Creator of supermarionation and programmes like Thunderbirds and Stingray, including my favourite Captain Scarlet he had a big effect on my childhood and I spent many rainy weekends watching videos (yes, not DVD’s!) and also BBC2 re-runs. Programmes that, in an age before computer animation and digital effects did things that no live action film could hope to emulate on screen.
I wish his family well and its a shame that unlike the Captain, Jerry was not indestructible. Follow the links to learn more and have a look above if you missed the tense and often very violent Captain Scarlet. I have used it many times to inspire wargame scenarios and the like. Honestly to me its one of the best spy genre series ever made.