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Doppleganger a.k.a. Journey To The Far Side Of The Sun

An article from the November 1969 edition of Show Guide is included below. As a piece of movie trivia, the space helmet that Ian used in the making of this film was used again several years later in the making of The Adventures Of Don Quick, with the only difference being that it had received a respray to a cream/ white colour!

Wikipedia has a detailed entry on the film, which now has a kind of cult status within some circles (click here)

Extract:

“Doppelgänger is a 1969 British science-fiction film directed by Robert Parrish and starring Roy Thinnes, Ian Hendry, Lynn Loring and Patrick Wymark. Outside Europe, it is known as Journey to the Far Side of the Sun, which is now the more popular title. In the film, a joint European-NASA mission to investigate a planet in a position parallel to Earth behind the Sun ends in disaster with the death of one of the astronauts (Hendry). His colleague (Thinnes) discovers that the planet is a mirror image of Earth.

The first major live-action film of Century 21 writers-producers Gerry and Sylvia Anderson, noted for Thunderbirds and other 1960s “Supermarionation” puppet television series, shooting for Doppelgänger ran from July to October 1968. With Pinewood Studios as the principal production base, Parrish filmed on location in both England and Portugal. The professional relationship between the Andersons and their director became strained as the shooting progressed, while creative disagreements with cinematographer John Read resulted in his resignation from Century 21.

Doppelgänger premiered in August 1969 in the United States and October 1969 in the United Kingdom. Although the film in general has been praised for the quality of its special effects and set design, the parallel Earth plot device has attracted criticism, with some commentators judging it to be clichéd and uninspired in comparison to the precedent established by previous science fiction. In addition, while Doppelgänger has frequently been interpreted as a pastiche of major science-fiction films of the 1960s, including 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), certain plot devices and imagery used have been dismissed as weak imitations of the originals. It has been termed a cult film.”

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The trailer for the film:

 

For more press articles on Ian from the 1960’s and for larger reproductions of these Show Guide pages click here

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Neil Hendry
Editor, Official Website of Ian Hendry

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Further Reading

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