Franco Derosa, original UFO Moonbase Commander

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Franco Derosa, original UFO Moonbase Commander

Marc Martin
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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.





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Re: Franco Derosa, original UFO Moonbase Commander

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





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Marc Martin
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Rob says he found these on eBay.  Quite a find.
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Re: Franco Derosa, original UFO Moonbase Commander

Shado-cabinet
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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 :)
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Marc Martin
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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
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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  :(
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Re: Franco Derosa, original UFO Moonbase Commander

Ron DeMedeiros
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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.








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