|Supercar. More fab than a '62 Fairlane|
Anderson's BBC output likely turned up in Canada before it reached America. Fireball XL5 (1962) was more space age and the first sold to a U.S. network (NBC). Stingray (1964) came next and was the first of these in colour. Set in the year 2065, the super sub was featured in 39 episodes. The captain was square-jawed Troy Tempest, modeled after actor James Garner! A mute slave girl named Marina temps Tempest; she was modeled after Brigitte Bardot. Lois Maxwell (Moneypenny in the Bond films) was a voice actress on this series.
The closing theme song, "Aqua Marina," haunts me still. It was bizarre and confusing to hear this quasi-romantic ballad and see Marina jiggling about when you are seven. Go back to the sub! The guys behind the inappropriately racy puppet parody Team America must have been big Stingray fans.
|Stingray chased by sub-gobbling fish|
Sharing in the success of these shows was Anderson's second wife Sylvia, co-creator of Thunderbirds (as well as the voice of Lady Penelope). Their marriage was no longer a go when Gerry announced he was splitting from his wife at the wrap party for the couple's live action series Space 1999 (1975). Way to bring the party down, Gerry!
Karma's a bitch, and Anderson never enjoyed the same success he did in the '60s with his Supermarionation series. He and his creative team provided plenty of thrills for children on both sides of the pond and they all deserve some sort of fly past salute today. Thunderbirds are go!