Happy Spectre Day

standard238 years ago today, the 21st of May, 1977, Gene Roddenberry’s Spectre, a TV Movie pilot, debuted. It failed. Miserably.

original_spectre5Why Spectre didn’t catch the attention of American viewers is beyond me. It had a terrific cast — which included Robert Culp, Gig Young, John Hurt, and Majel Barrett — and a compelling story. Oh sure, there were minor quibbles to be had. Sam Peeples and Gene Roddenberry’s screenplay played fast an loose with their mythology, but the tone and acting were just delicious.

Spectre was everything one could hope for in an occult detective tale.

It spawned a rare and much sought after novelization (which my lovely wife procured for me on Valentine’s Day, 2012) and a highly coveted Lincoln Enterprises Mailer Catalog (I still have the one I received in the post all those years ago).

original_spectre3In a perfect world we would have been blessed to watch the weekly adventures of criminologist and occult detect William Sebastian, his sidekick, Dr, Hamilton, and Lilith, his resident house-keeper and practicing witch.

But it was not meant to be.

I’ve sent out feelers to the Roddenberry Estate, hoping to get permission to continue Sebastian’s adventures in book form, but the requests have thus far fallen on deaf ears.

Someday perhaps.


One Response to “Happy Spectre Day”

  1. I still watch “Spectre” from time to time, in order to remind myself what a good occult detective tale should be. My only criticism is the tacky (and not remotely scary) “monster” that Asmodeus transformed into there at the end. Roddenberry was recycling the “lizard man” costume that had been used in a “Star Trek” episode some years earlier. Even on a limited budget, he should have been able to do better. That aside, “Spectre” is just about freakin’ perfect — IMHO.

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