A pioneering legend of fantastic television, Gerry Anderson, died today at the age of 83. His loss is indeed a sad one, as he was responsible for some of the most memorable sci fi television shows of all time. Many of these were made famous by the use of his "Supermarionation", utilizing marionettes and puppetry in place of real actors. Shows such as Thunderbirds, Stingray, Captain Scarlet and Supercar all employed not only this unique approach, but also spectacular vehicle design and model effects. The live action shows he produced are as equally memorable from Space: 1999 to U.F.O., the former of which is a special favorite of mine. Journey to the Far Side of the Sun (a.k.a. Doppleganger) from 1969 was an especially original theatrical film produced by Anderson. His productions also gathered a lot of talent from people like composer Barry Gray to special effects wizard Derek Meddings. Gerry will be sorely missed but, thankfully, his creations are very much timeless in their appeal.
This is what got me into his work as a kid and it never fails to grant me chills.