picture gallery (164)

The planet Saturn - opening scene (screen cap courtesy filmovizia.blogspot.com)

The planet Saturn – opening scene. (screen cap courtesy filmovizia.blogspot.com)

Saturn Survey space station.

Saturn Survey space station.

Saturn Survey space station in orbit around Saturn (screen cap courtesy dimensionfantastica.blogspot.com)

Saturn Survey space station in orbit around Saturn. (screen cap courtesy dimensionfantastica.blogspot.com)

Benson stalks Captain James prior to killing him.

Captain James: “So you blew the mental test huh?” (screen cap courtesy dimensionfantastica.blogspot.com)

Benson activates the surface door emergency release ...

Benson buckles himself in …

Surface door emergency release.

Surface door emergency release.

"You're not gonna appeal are you? I wouldn't recommend it."

“You’re not gonna appeal are you? I wouldn’t recommend it.”

Benson pulls the emergency door release -

Benson pulls the surface door emergency release –

The surface door opens -

The surface door opens  –

James is sucked out into space.

James, now wearing his helmet – is sucked out into space.

The body of Captain James is torn apart as it is ejected out into space. (screen cap courtesy dimensionfantastica.blogspot.com)

Launch pad. (production still)

Launch pad. (production still)

The launch pad crew load cases containing the unassembled Hector aboard Benson’s shuttle. (screen cap courtesy Joshua The Atomic Robot)

Benson’s shuttle prepares for launch (please note: this lobby card is incorrectly captioned. The shuttle launches from the space station and not the Earth as stated).

Benson boards the shuttle. (screen cap courtesy dimensionfantastica.blogspot.com)

Ready for launch. (screen cap courtesy devildead.com)

Final checks.

Final checks.

Bracing for launch.

3 ... 2 ... 1 ...

3 … 2 … 1 …

Blast off!

Destination: Titan, third moon of Saturn.

James' shuttle traverses the rings of Saturn.

Benson’s shuttle traverses the rings of Saturn.

Benson’s shuttle (the tiny white dot) emerges from the rings of Saturn on its way to Titan. (screen cap courtesy dimensionfantastica.blogspot.com)

Benson’s shuttle arrives on Titan.  (screen cap courtesy Joshua The Atomic Robot)

Benson’s shuttle on final approach. (screen cap courtesy dimensionfantastica.blogspot.com)

The Titan food research station landing pad and entrance. (screen cap courtesy dimensionfantastica.blogspot.com)

The planet Saturn as viewed from Titan. (screen cap courtesy devildead.com)

Adam and Alex approach Benson's shuttle. Production still (image courtesy celluloid memories)

Adam and Alex approach Benson’s shuttle. Production still (image courtesy celluloid memories)

Benson lowers the ladder. (screen cap courtesy filmovizia.blogspot.com)

Adam: “Any urgent unloads?” (screen cap courtesy devildead.com)

Shadow-locked.

Decontamination chamber.

Decontamination.  (screen cap courtesy Joshua The Atomic Robot)

Space suit.

Farrah Fawcett as Alex. (screen cap courtesy filmovizia.blogspot.com)

Harvey Keitel as Benson. (screen cap courtesy filmovizia.blogspot.com)

Kirk Douglas as Adam. (screen cap courtesy filmovizia.blogspot.com)

Harvey Keitel poses with Hector's brain case (production still).

Harvey Keitel poses with Hector’s brain case (production still).

Captain James checks out his new surroundings while Alex and Adam lock up (screen cap courtesy Craig Spivey).

Benson checks out his new surrounds while Alex and Adam lock up (screen cap courtesy Craig Spivey).

Alex shows Benson to his quarters. (screen cap courtesy dimensionfantastica.blogspot.com)

(screen cap courtesy dimensionfantastica.blogspot.com)

Benson gives Alex a blue dreamer. (screen cap courtesy filmovizia.blogspot.com)

Alex shows Adam the blue dreamer Benson gave her. (screen cap courtesy filmovizia.blogspot.com)

Hector’s brain-case. (screen cap courtesy Joshua The Atomic Robot)

Alex and Adam contemplate Hector’s brain-case.  (screen cap courtesy Joshua The Atomic Robot)

A rare image showing the back of Harvey Keitel's flight suit (image courtesy image gallery).

A rare image showing the back of Harvey Keitel’s flight suit (image courtesy image gallery).

Alex wonders what it must be like on Earth. Adam: “When I was last there, if you went outside and breathed the pollution count was liable to rust your tubes!”  (screen cap courtesy Joshua The Atomic Robot)

Alex attempts to persuade Adam into sharing a blue dreamer. (screen cap courtesy devildead.com)

Kirk and Farrah share a joke on the set. (publicity still)

Kirk and Farrah share a joke on the set. (production still)

Candid behind the scenes still.

Candid behind-the-scenes production still.

(publicity still)

(production still)

Alex takes a peak inside Hector’s brain-case. (screen cap courtesy filmovizia.blogspot.com)

22nd Century peeping tom – Benson watches Alex and Adam being intimate on a view screen. (screen cap courtesy filmovizia.blogspot.com)

Benson unloads the shuttle. (screen cap courtesy filmovizia.blogspot.com)

Adam and Alex (signed lobby card)

Adam and Alex (signed lobby card)

Adam: “So exactly what have you got for us?” Benson: “It’s the best – the latest robot.” (screen cap courtesy filmovizia.blogspot.com)

Adam: “We’ve got three robots.” Alex: “They’re not very much help.” (screen cap courtesy filmovizia.blogspot.com)

Alex kills the lights (screen cap courtesy Craig Spivey).

Alex dims the laboratory lights (screen cap courtesy Craig Spivey).

Benson reveals Hector’s brain: “It hasn’t a thing on its mind – yet.” (screen cap courtesy devildead.com)

Benson: “Once I can get his head together, he’ll take over your programme. With a little help. Then one of you will be obsolete.” (screen cap courtesy dimensionfantastica.blogspot.com)

Alex and Adam takes the dog Sally for a run (production still).

Alex and Adam takes the dog Sally for a run (production still).

In the communications room, Adam overhears Benson propositioning Alex. (screen cap courtesy dimensionfantastica.blogspot.com)

Adam switches the image on the monitor to the lab camera.

Adam switches the image on the monitor to the lab camera.

Benson loves his blues.

Benson relaxes in the guest sleeping quarters after taking a couple of blues.  (screen cap courtesy Joshua The Atomic Robot)

Adam ponders over the blue dreamer pill which Benson gave Alex.  (screen cap courtesy Joshua The Atomic Robot)

Alex and Adam share one of Benson’s blue dreamers in the dining area. (screen cap courtesy dimensionfantastica.blogspot.com)

Alex and Adam’s living quarters. Note the model sail boat in the background. (screen cap courtesy dimensionfantastica.blogspot.com)

Benson pumps sustaining ‘nutrient fluid’ into Hector which will bring the robot to life.  (screen cap courtesy Joshua The Atomic Robot)

Hector awakens.

Benson introduces Hector to Alex and Adam. (screen cap courtesy devildead.com)

Alex and Adam play a game of chess. (screen cap courtesy filmovizia.blogspot.com)

Alex: “Thought you had me.” (screen cap courtesy filmovizia.blogspot.com)

Alex and Adam are joined by Benson and Hector. Adam challenges Hector to a game while the robot is brain-linked to Benson. (screen cap courtesy filmovizia.blogspot.com)

Adam: “You mean he draws from your brain?”

Adam: “There’s one thing you can’t teach them, Captain … sacrifice.” (screen cap courtesy dimensionfantastica.blogspot.com)

Sally growls at Hector when the robot crushes a chess piece in anger (screen cap courtesy Craig Spivey).

Sally growls at Hector when the robot crushes a chess piece in anger (screen cap courtesy Craig Spivey).

Alex and Adam stroll through the corridors of Saturn 3 (screen cap courtesy Craig Spivey).

Alex and Adam stroll through the corridors of Saturn 3 (screen cap courtesy Craig Spivey).

Alex disrobes to test Adam’s will power.  (screen cap courtesy Joshua The Atomic Robot)

Adam: “I’ve got it. We flush the Captain and his friend into space.”

Benson brain-links with Hector. (screen cap courtesy devildead.com)

Alex analyzes samples in the lab. (screen cap courtesy filmovizia.blogspot.com)

Hector uses a laser drill on a boulder – which explodes – sending a live chip into Alex’s right eye. (screen cap courtesy filmovizia.blogspot.com)

Benson checks Alex's eye (screen cap courtesy Craig Spivey).

Benson checks Alex’s eye (screen cap courtesy Craig Spivey).

Emergency eye surgery.

Benson: “Trust him, Alex.”  (screen cap courtesy Joshua The Atomic Robot)

Benson: “Keep the eye still!” (screen cap courtesy dimensionfantastica.blogspot.com)

With the surgery successful, Benson offers Alex more pills – Earth Dreams – “You’ll feel like you’re there, a 3D inner experience.” (screen cap courtesy filmovizia.blogspot.com)

Hector looks on as Alex refuses the pills (screen cap courtesy Craig Spivey).

Hector looks on as Alex declines the pills (screen cap courtesy Craig Spivey).

Adam enters the lab, interrupting Benson's attempt to entice Alex in the ways of Earth (screen cap courtesy Craig Spivey).

Adam enters the lab, interrupting Benson’s attempt to entice Alex in the ways of Earth (screen cap courtesy Craig Spivey).

... he discharges a torrent of water into the sludge pit in disgust (screen cap courtesy Craig Spivey).

… he discharges a torrent of water into the sludge pit (screen cap courtesy Craig Spivey).

(screen cap courtesy filmovizia.blogspot.com)

Hector runs low on charge. (screen cap courtesy dimensionfantastica.blogspot.com)

Hector refuses to speak.

Benson quizzes Hector: “Are you aware of Alex?”

Adam attempts to coerce Hector into the buggy. A scene cut from the theatrical release, but restored for the extended TV version.

Adam attempts to coerce Hector into the buggy. A scene cut from the theatrical release, but restored for the extended TV version.

Hector lashes out at Adam (deleted scene).

Nobody puts Hector in a corner (please note: this lobby card is incorrectly captioned. It is not from the final confrontation scene as stated).

Hector reenters the decontamination chamber after stranding Adam outside (deleted scene).

Hector reenters the decontamination chamber after stranding Adam outside (deleted scene).

Alex searches for Sally. (production still).

Sally is dead – slain by Hector. (screen cap courtesy dimensionfantastica.blogspot.com)

Alex reacts. (screen cap courtesy dimensionfantastica.blogspot.com)

Hector spies on Alex. (screen cap courtesy Glenn at apessimistisneverdisappointed.com)

Hector attacks Alex. (screen cap courtesy devildead.com)

Lobby card 1980.

Alex: “Hector, please put me down.” (screen cap courtesy dimensionfantastica.blogspot.com)

Adam to the rescue! (screen cap courtesy devildead.com)

Benson and Adam attempt to disable Hector. Benson: “Get his brain out!”

Alex and Adam head back to the living quarters after their ordeal with Hector. Adam tells Alex the fate of the original Hector "... he was slain by Achilles, his body dragged around the walls of Troy." (screen cap courtesy Craig Spivey)

Alex and Adam head back to the living quarters after their ordeal with Hector. Adam relates to Alex the fate of the original Hector “… he was slain by Achilles, his body dragged around the walls of Troy.” (screen cap courtesy Craig Spivey)

Benson dismantles Hector (screen cap courtesy Craig Spivey).

Benson dismantles Hector (screen cap courtesy Craig Spivey).

Alex and Adam relax after the disassembly of Hector.  (screen cap courtesy Joshua The Atomic Robot)

Hector reawakens.

Hector reawakens.

Hector’s brain-case is reinserted as the robot reassembles itself.  (screen cap courtesy Joshua The Atomic Robot)

Hector reactivated.

Benson prepares to leave. (screen cap courtesy filmovizia.blogspot.com)

Benson barges in on Alex and Adam. (screen cap courtesy filmovizia.blogspot.com)

Benson "You're inadequate, Major - any every area."

Benson “You’re inadequate, Major – in every area.”

Alex attempts to stop Adam from killing Benson.  (screen cap courtesy Joshua The Atomic Robot)

Lobby card 1980.

Alex pulls away from Benson’s grasp. (screen cap courtesy filmovizia.blogspot.com)

Alex reacts as Hector severs Benson’s hand.

Hector drags his maker's body away in a reversal of his namesake's fate in the original legend of Achilles. This production still is notable in that it is a rare rear view of the robot's anatomical design.

Hector drags his maker’s body away in a reversal of his namesake’s fate in the original legend of Achilles. This production still is notable in that it is a rare rear view of the robot’s anatomical design.

Hiding from Hector.

Alex and Adam come out of hiding. (screen cap courtesy Glenn at apessimistisneverdisappointed.com)

Adam hurls a bucket at Hector in order to divert his attention away from Alex.

Adam hurls a bucket at Hector in order to divert his attention away from Alex.

Alex attempts to lure Hector into a trap.  (screen cap courtesy Joshua The Atomic Robot)

Alex and Adam suit up to flee in Benson’s shuttle.

Alex and Adam make a run for Benson's shuttle ...

Alex and Adam make a run for Benson’s shuttle …

- KA-BOOOM!

– KA-BOOOM!

Hector remotely detonates the shuttle.

Hector remotely detonates the shuttle. (screen cap courtesy Joshua The Atomic Robot)

Alex and Adam return to the compound after Hector detonates the shuttle. (screen cap courtesy dimensionfatastica.blogspot.com)

Alex unsnaps her spacesuit after she and Adam return to the compound. (screen cap courtesy filmovizia.blogspot.com)

Adam: “At least we know one thing – he doesn’t want to kill us. Whatever he wants us for, it’s not for that.” (screen cap courtesy filmovizia.blogspot.com)

No escape.

Kirk and Farrah in the communications room (production still).

Farrah looking pensive in the communications room (production still).

Adam realizes Benson is alive.

Alex and Adam are forced to outrun closing bulkheads as Hector urges them to hurry along. (screen cap courtesy devildead.com)

Survey 19 spacecraft approaches Saturn. (screen cap courtesy filmovizia.blogspot.com)

Survey 19 spacecraft.
Actor Ed Bishop (Commander Straker in Lew Grade’s TV series U.F.O.) played the pilot.

Survey 19 spacecraft passes by.

Hector: “It’s time we programmed your brain to be more productive.”

An explosive-laden Adam wrestles Hector into the sludge pit.

An explosive-laden Adam wrestles Hector into the sludge pit.

An explosive-laden Adam crashtackles Hector into the sludge pit. (lobby card courtesy cinemastrikesback.com)

(production still courtesy cinemastrikesback.com)

KA-BOOOM! - the mining charges detonate - killing Adam and destroying Hector (screen cap courtesy Craig Spivey).

KA-BOOOM! – the mining charges detonate – killing Adam and destroying Hector (screen cap courtesy Craig Spivey).

Farrah dressed in Saturn Survey fatigues (production still).

Alex is offered duty free drugs aboard the World Spaceways passenger ship. (screen cap courtesy dimensionfantastica.blogspot.com)

She declines. (screen cap courtesy filmovizia.blogspot.com)

World Spaceways passenger ship (screen cap courtesy dimensionfantastica.blogspot.com)

Alex gets her trip to Earth.

World Spaceways passenger ship promenade deck (screen cap courtesy dimensionfantastica.blogspot.com)

Alex sees Earth for the first time. (screen cap courtesy filmovizia.blogspot.com)

(screen cap courtesy filmovizia.blogspot.com)

An urbanized Earth in the 22nd Century.  (screen cap courtesy Joshua The Atomic Robot)

Alex’s first view of Earth is described in the screenplay as thus: EXT. SPACE – EARTH The dotted galaxy, sparkling and remote. Then a bulky globe edges into shot. It is massive, heavy: and we realize, as it comes into view, that there is no green, no sea, nothing but a dark mass of steel, with symmetrical patterns of light and terminals, like a radio with its back ripped off: a solid, endless city suspended in space.

Alex imagines the now alive Adam has joined her on her trip to Earth. Extremely rare still of a heretofore unknown shot never included in any release print.

There is no mention of this shot in the shooting script. So it appears to have been filmed on the fly during production. As far as I know it has never appeared in any release print of the film.

A rare wide shot of Alex watching from the promenade deck of the World Spaceways ship. (courtesy cinema.de)

World Spaceways passenger ship. “And we hope you’ll fly World Spaceways again and again and again.”

World Spaceways lander prepares to detach. (screen cap courtesy dimensionfantastica.blogspot.com)

Earthbound.

John Barry with George Lucas at work on Star Wars.

John Barry receives his design Oscar for Star Wars.

16 responses to “picture gallery (164)

  1. I hope you enjoyed this selection of stills. This gallery will be continually updated and added to as pics come to hand! 🙂

    I’d also like to say a quick word of thanks to Joshua The Atomic Robot for allowing me the use of some of his wonderful screen caps in this gallery. Joshua’s site can be found at:

    http://misfitdaydream.blogspot.com.au/

      • Thanks for the links, Chris. And once again, some amazing finds in there!

        In answer to your email query regarding the setting of Saturn 3 … you’re absolutely right – Steve Gallagher’s novelization does indeed refer to the moon where the action takes place as Tethys and NOT Titan – as stated in the screenplay (in which it is only mentioned once by name by the way). Perhaps, as you suggest, the reason has something to do with the idea that maybe Gallagher subsequently researched Saturnian moons only to discover that Titan has a poisonous atmosphere – whereas the moon depicted in the movie clearly has no atmosphere. Perhaps he changed the setting from Titan to Tethys after new data from the Voyager space probes came to light – but for some reason, the moon continued to be referred to as Titan in subsequent promotional materials – with the exception of the article in Fangoria #5 – which states that the story takes place on TRITON – and not Titan (!). It certainly is an intriguing anomaly which warrants further investigation. You also mention another anomaly in your email with regard to which Century the story takes place. As you rightly point out – the article in Starlog #27 does indeed state the setting as being the 21st Century. However, John Barry himself refers to Saturn 3 as being “a love story about contemporary relationships set two centuries ahead.” So I’m pretty sure Starlog are incorrect in this instance. Most articles in the various other magazines I sourced either neglect to mention which Century it is set or state it as being 200 to 300 years in the future.

        All good fun – if a little confusing!!!

        🙂

  2. I remember the first time I watch Saturn3, I was like 15 years old back on Mexico and my parents was going out for a dinner so I was “free” to watch TV after 9pm (most of the movies rated R started after 10pm)!

    I have watched movies with crazy robots and cyborgs but Hector is the one that take the top spot…

    • Thanks for your comment Fernando! Yeah, I was around the same age when I first saw the movie (during its brief theatrical release). It seems like there’s a ‘rights of passage’ thing going on with Saturn 3 – as you’re not the first to mention it as being a fond memory as a 15-year-old. And despite what some people say, I still think Hector is one of the most beautifully designed movie robots. Definitely up there with Maria from Metropolis! 🙂

  3. I have to say, I’m yet another one who first saw this movie in my early teens- and it left an indelible impression on me. I actually saw it on an old black-and-white TV set, and for the longest time it never occurred to me that it wasn’t actually a b+w film. The movie comes across as a lot more steely and serious in tone when seen in b+w, especially Hector who I’m sure I had a nightmare or two about. Try watching it with your colour turned right down some time, you might be surprised.

    • I can definitely see how the film would have a serious tone to it in black and white. Thanks for the suggestion! 🙂

  4. HEADS UP – WHAT’S NEW?

    Hey everybody. I’ve just added a new pic to the gallery. A candid behind-the-scenes production still of Kirk and Farrah having a laugh in the shower. Farrah in particular looks really happy in this shot. Thanks to Chris Dalton for finding it for me.

    🙂

    • My pleasure, Greg

      I found some more pics that I’ll be e-mailing to you. I might have already sent some of these. But in the off chance that I haven’t, here is another set. Hope you like them.

      Chris

  5. HEADS UP – WHAT’S NEW?

    A new addition to the picture gallery! (the last pic) The last known sighting of the Hector prop in the Andrew Martin auction house showroom in London. An amazing find by Brian. Thanks Brian. And if anyone knows of Hector’s current whereabouts please let me know – so I can hopefully get in touch with the owner and post more recent pics of Hector on the site:

    gmossaturn3@internode.on.net

    Cheers!

    🙂

  6. HEADS UP – WHAT’S NEW?

    Hey everyone – just uploaded another five pics to the photo gallery, including three which Chris Dalton found for me – two of them show Benson’s shuttle exploding.

    🙂

  7. Excited to see the blu-ray of this again. Farrah’s beauty is timeless. Double bill Saturn 3 with Galaxy of Terror for two television actresses making the jump to the big screen with sci-fi horror! Joanie Cunningham in space – ace – ace – ace….

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