Yes, I knew consciously (or perhaps unconsciously) that Patrick McGoohan's character was from the secret agent series. Borgnine does let 'Johnny' slip out. Patrick always somehow could make his character's paranoia a positive survival trait. Thinking of 'The Prisoner' too.
Yes, I forgot about the Mig21's, and the swap to the F-4 Phantoms stock footage too. Like the AT-6's in 'Tora', always very painful isn't it. LOL. The MiG shots were more closer in quality and vintage effect to Major Kong's B-52 in Dr. Strangelove.
Effects wise, the most enjoyable part of Ice Station Zebra is the model effects shots of the submarine miniature 'under the ice'. Very impressive even by todays standards. A unique setting, and the music accompanying suitably both eerie and compelling. A strange new world - both alien & familiar, compelling and dangerous. The effects model of the 'Tigerfish' is very accurate representing a Skate SSN, except for the stern tip area between the props....much too much hull taper there. At least they included the stern tubes.
Jim Christley once related personally he knew the sailor who was on the bridge of the USS Ronquil (SS-396) for the surface shots of Ice Station Zebra off Hawaii. The amusing story Jim shared with me was this enlisted man was selected by John Stephens because he was the tallest member of the Ronquil crew and would be more conspicuous in the film footage shot. Apparently the captain of Ronquil was up staged because he was 'a shorty', missing out being paid as an 'extra' too.
I most certainly agree 2001's apes were far better realistically, but I think Planet of the Apes won because of the sheer logistics of the huge makeup operation prosthetic wise. Guess 2001's apes were too realistic. God I miss Rod Serling's writing! Like they say....the best visual effects are naturally those you don't even notice. You being in the business, sure you know this. 1968 was a banner year for film. Not anywhere near 1939, but impressive still.
I imagine Howard Hughes ('ISZ' was his all time favorite movie) was then secretly working on the Glomar Explorer project at the time. 'ISZ' has in some ways a lot in common with what Howard was working on at that time. Satellites, submarines, recovering precious 'intelligence', spies, the Russians. Fascinating now in hindsight.
I always wanted to see a film made about Adm. Rickover. It would be a controversial film naturally. His ruthless drive for safety and perfection. His methods questionable, but the results...an excellent safety record with nuclear energy. Who would I like to play Rickover? Sam Waterston if he can get any slimmer and frail (in stature only) like the Admiral was.
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