Franco Derosa, original UFO Moonbase Commander

classic Classic list List threaded Threaded
12 messages Options
Reply | Threaded
Open this post in threaded view
|

Franco Derosa, original UFO Moonbase Commander

Marc Martin
Administrator
This post was updated on .
Here are some interesting photos that were recently posted on Facebook by Rob Whitlam.  They were taken a month prior to filming the first episode of UFO, and shows the original UFO Moonbase commander actor, Franco Derosa.  This actor was fired shortly into filming the first episode, and his scenes were refilmed with Gabrielle Drake in charge.

All of the women in these photos ended up appearing in UFO, though.





Reply | Threaded
Open this post in threaded view
|

Re: Franco Derosa, original UFO Moonbase Commander

Marc Martin
Administrator
And here are the descriptions on the back of the photos.  





Reply | Threaded
Open this post in threaded view
|

Re: Franco Derosa, original UFO Moonbase Commander

Marc Martin
Administrator
Rob says he found these on eBay.  Quite a find.
Reply | Threaded
Open this post in threaded view
|

Re: Franco Derosa, original UFO Moonbase Commander

Shado-cabinet
In reply to this post by Marc Martin
Hi Marc

Thanks for uploading the pic. I wonder who the blonde girl standing next to Shakira is (her name doesn't appear in the article that accompanies the picture)?  I also wonder what magazine did the the article & picture come from?

It's always great to see pictures of Gabrielle Drake without the purple wig. I am glad that Franco left the production in the end as I prefer to see Gabrielle Drake in the more extended role of Moonbase commander (and Gay Ellis is my favourite character in UFO :)
Reply | Threaded
Open this post in threaded view
|

Re: Franco Derosa, original UFO Moonbase Commander

Marc Martin
Administrator
On August 11, Shado-cabinet [via SHADO] <[hidden email]> wrote:
> Thanks for uploading the pic. I wonder who the blonde girl standing
> next to Shakira is (her name doesn't appear in the article that
> accompanies the picture)?

That's Rosemary Donnelly, who did appear in UFO as an operative in SHADO HQ.  I think she may have had only had one line, "Here's your coffee, Keith".  :-)

Marc
Reply | Threaded
Open this post in threaded view
|

Re: Franco Derosa, original UFO Moonbase Commander

Shado-cabinet
Hi Marc

Thanks for your reply
Like I said in my post about the flaws in the UFO series, they really should have focused a bit more on the female members of SHADO and devote some whole episodes to them (like Gay Ellis, Ayshea & Rosemary Donnelly & Virginia Lake).  They definitely could have improved the US ratings which would have led to a 2nd season of UFO  :(
Reply | Threaded
Open this post in threaded view
|

Re: Franco Derosa, original UFO Moonbase Commander

Ron DeMedeiros
In reply to this post by Marc Martin
Franco Derosa was in Journey to the Far Side of the Sun aka Doppelganger.

On Tuesday, August 11, 2020, 12:29:25 PM CDT, Marc Martin [via SHADO] <[hidden email]> wrote:


Here are some interesting photos that were recently posted on Facebook by Rob Whitlam.  They were taken a month prior to the filming of the first episode of UFO, and shows the original UFO Moonbase commander actor, Franco Derosa.  This actor was fired shortly into filming the first episode, and his scenes were refilmed with Gabrielle Drake in charge.

All of the women in these photos ended up appearing in UFO, though.








If you reply to this email, your message will be added to the discussion below:
<img class="TSRWebRatingIcon" src="chrome-extension://ohhcpmplhhiiaoiddkfboafbhiknefdf/TMToolbar/image/tooltip/webicon_green.png" data-inlineimagemanipulating="true" style="width: 16px; height: 16px; border: 0px;">http://shado-forum.com/Franco-Derosa-original-UFO-Moonbase-Commander-tp4023927.html
To start a new topic under SHADO, email [hidden email]
To unsubscribe from SHADO, <img class="TSRWebRatingIcon" src="chrome-extension://ohhcpmplhhiiaoiddkfboafbhiknefdf/TMToolbar/image/tooltip/webicon_green.png" data-inlineimagemanipulating="true" style="width: 16px; height: 16px; border: 0px;">click here.
Reply | Threaded
Open this post in threaded view
|

Re: Franco Derosa, original UFO Moonbase Commander

Hofstede
In reply to this post by Marc Martin
Have just been watching "A Hole In Babylon" (1979) on the BBC iplayer - one of the repeats currently being shown on BBC4 to celebrate the anniversary of 'Play For Today'. The film deals with the real-life Spaghetti House Siege. I hadn't realised 'til the end credits came up that Franco Derosa plays one of the hostages in the film.
Reply | Threaded
Open this post in threaded view
|

Re: Franco Derosa, original UFO Moonbase Commander

paramount99
In reply to this post by Marc Martin
Oh what a wonderful treat these test images are, Mark. Great to see such images, showing the moonbasegirls and others, prior to the show kicking off. Glad they put Gabby (Lt G Ellis) in Derosa's place - as I probably would not have continued watching so avidly from its initial UK airing, if he had been MB commander.
Always raises the heart-rate a tad when new photos of UFO appear like this (have to admit Lt Ellis is also my favourite character - wonder why?!?) and re-kindle the whole experience off again.
Got them on Ebay? Wow! What a find...
More please!!!

 
Reply | Threaded
Open this post in threaded view
|

Re: Franco Derosa, original UFO Moonbase Commander

Shado-cabinet
Hi there

Yes I agree Lt Gay Ellis is also my favourite UFO character. And it is always great to see her without the purple wig (not that she doesn't look great with it on). It is a pity she was missing from the last few episodes of UFO as I think her absence would have definitely hurt the show's ratings (as much as Col Lake looks lovely she is not quite the same as Lt Gay Ellis :)

Reply | Threaded
Open this post in threaded view
|

Re: Franco Derosa, original UFO Moonbase Commander

paramount99

I was in contact with a guy on the now dying art website Deviantart who actually interviewed Col Lake, or Wanda V, some years ago, and he suggested, without going into detail, that Wanda wasn't too enamoured with the moonbasegirls (the actresses) in the sense that they were somewhat of a different class to her?!? I think they were possibly a tad more feisty than she, possibly considering their previous acting backgrounds etc, but I will add that Wanda V back then was an astonishingly stunning actress, woman, person, her, she, and so on - who it has been suggested was meant to replace the look and feel of Lady Penelope from Thunderbirds fame, but in human form, during the transition from puppets to actors.
I'm not complaining in any sense though - as the show made my day back in those heady times.        
Reply | Threaded
Open this post in threaded view
|

Re: Franco Derosa, original UFO Moonbase Commander

Shado-cabinet
Hi there

Thanks for your post. You know what it makes sense what you said that Wanda V was cast in UFO on the basis that she looks a bit like the human incarnation of lady Penelope from Thunderbirds (I can really see the similarity). Its a pity they didn't cast her as a series regular much earlier on in the show (replacing Alec Freeman who always seemed to me a bit 'out-of-place' for UFO). Its a pity that Wanda dod not get on with the other actresses. Was it because they thought Wanda was too posh (or vice versa) because all the girls in UFO seem (to me anyway) as being of an upper-class RADA-esque background (which there is nothing wrong with that of course :)