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Default RIP Matin Landau
by gattispilot 07-17-2017, 12:13 PM

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Old 07-17-2017, 04:57 PM   #3
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Martin Landau (Commander John Koenig in Space: 1999) passed away yesterday at 89. I guess he’d been ill and died in a Los Angeles hospital from complications of his illness. He got his Oscar for playing Bela Lugosi in the 1995 movie Ed Wood but was probably best known for the role of Rollin Hand in the 1960’s TV show Mission Impossible and his run as John Koenig in Space: 1999 from 1975-78. His television and film career ran from the early 1950's to 2017.


Though the series premise of the moon being ejected from it's orbit by massive thermonuclear detonation was a bit much to accept, we enjoyed Space: 1999 for it's permanent lunar base and interesting spacecraft. We pause a moment for John Koenig, Moonbase Alpha's last Commander.

May he rest in peace…

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Here his best known role was Koenig, but even on his older years it was a familiar face in secondary roles.

His work has endured and I guess that's better than having many Oscars!
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If you check the IMDB link, he has two programs in post production and another that was in pre production for 2018! He had career ups and downs (as do we all) but was a gainfully employed actor to his death...
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I just saw him in Cleopatra.
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Old 07-18-2017, 12:23 AM   #7
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As a very young SF fan I loved Space 1999. Later I grew to understand how silly the main plot device of the show was, but I still like the designs of the lunar structures and various space vehicles. The designers and model builders managed to capture a realistic look that seemed to extend the Apollo era technology as well as obviously borrowing from Stanley Kubrick.

And I think it had further influence; the new uniforms introduced in Star Trek: The Motion Picture appear to owe some inspiration to the Moonbase Alpha uniforms.

I recall seeing Landau in lots of things, but Commander Koenig is the character which I most fondly remember.
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