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Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!

You’ve seen 2001 featured a lot in this column. What can I say? I can’t help myself! Kubrick is well documented and has a lot of amazing photographs from the making of his films.

Since yesterday we focused on Ian Fleming meeting his Bond, I thought it might be nice to follow that up with a shot of Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke on the set of 2001.

I love the look on Kubrick’s face. That’s a confident arched eyebrow and a “I don’t give a shit” cigarette hanging from his lip. Hope you guys dig the shot! Enjoy!

Thanks to Joseph Fisch for sending this one along! Click to slightly embiggen!



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  • June 17, 2011, 5:51 a.m. CST

    Aaaaand another quote...

    by irishraidersfan

    ... that has nothing to do with the scene pictured. For movie geeks, there's usually surprisingly little correlation!

  • June 17, 2011, 5:51 a.m. CST


    by terrytips

    Best one yet. Love his expression.

  • June 17, 2011, 5:51 a.m. CST

    he helped to fake the moon landings shortly after this photo was taken

    by RedBull_Werewolf


  • June 17, 2011, 5:52 a.m. CST


    by DrCavor

    That should be framed and hung above the fireplace of every self-respecting filmgeek in the world.

  • June 17, 2011, 5:56 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    caption: Darth Vader returned to his meditation chamber to find it was the new designated 'smoking area'.

  • June 17, 2011, 6:05 a.m. CST


    by CreepyThinMan

  • June 17, 2011, 6:12 a.m. CST

    Arthur C. Clarke was a famous visionary genius...

    by V'Shael

    but the guys that HE looked up, Olaf Stapledon, is virtually unknown today. And that's a crying shame. He came up with more visionary ideas and scifi concepts in his FIRST novel, than H.G.Wells did in his entire career. His first novel "Last and First Men" should have been enough to secure his reputation on its own. His second one, "Starmaker" blew it away. It's just not fair that anyone should be that effortlessly brilliant. Arthur C. Clarke said the former "transformed my life," and based his masterpiece, "Childhood's End", on the latter. In fact, Clarke described Starmaker as "Probably the most powerful work of imagination ever written." For example, "Last and First Men" contains the first descriptions of genetic engineering and terraforming, and "Star Maker" contains the first known description of Dyson spheres; physicist Freeman Dyson credits the novel with giving him the idea. Stapledon's work influenced such writers as Brian Aldiss, C.S. Lewis and Stanislaw Lem. And yet not one of his novels or short stories has been fimed for movies or TV. Damn shame.

  • June 17, 2011, 6:13 a.m. CST


    by terrytips

    If you are using ego to mean 'inflated sense of self-worth', is it even a criticism to say Kubrick had a big ego? The worth of Kubrick's work is insurmountable.

  • June 17, 2011, 6:23 a.m. CST

    Michael Bay should remake this...


    heres the climax: after defeating Hal 9000000 (Dwayne Johnson) in a 15 minute laser blast fight, Bowman (played by Josh Duhamel) sets out the ship and opens fire, ejects and then crashes his spacepod into the monolith and watches it 'splode as he floats about and then opens fire (laser gun in each hand) on the giant evil space baby thats suddenly appeared over earth. He blows that up and then finds another space pod and rescues Dr Frankline Pool (Megan Fox) after she had been floating in space with just enough air-supply to survive. They make it back to the Discovery and make weightless love to loud rock-music

  • June 17, 2011, 6:28 a.m. CST

    Looks like fucking Belushi to me

    by Andrea Voglino

    The right one, john

  • June 17, 2011, 6:29 a.m. CST

    what's with Kubrick's fingers on his left hand?


    did he have a deformed left hand like a baseball glove? those appendages are huge. and it looks like the camera caught the two of them and they had just quickly let go of each others

  • June 17, 2011, 6:34 a.m. CST

    Kubrick was not hired to fake the moon landing

    by Monolith_Jones

    If he was he would have just figured out a way to go to the moon for real.

  • June 17, 2011, 6:36 a.m. CST

    Kubrick = The One True God of Film

    by NeonFrisbee

    This isn't up for debate, it's fact. He's THE best director of all time. Period.

  • June 17, 2011, 6:51 a.m. CST

    Hand of God

    by sleepyhead

    Zombot - looks like he's holding a glove. btw - this photo alone could quash all smoking bans.

  • June 17, 2011, 7:15 a.m. CST

    amazing pic

    by KilliK

    boring as fuck film but a true masterpiece nevertheless

  • June 17, 2011, 7:17 a.m. CST

    Clarke had admitted being a pedophile btw..

    by KilliK

  • June 17, 2011, 7:24 a.m. CST

    @cartmanez -- I'd go see that!!

    by ATARI

    Just kidding.

  • June 17, 2011, 7:26 a.m. CST

    atari - face it wed all go see it


    dosnt matter how bad a remake is most of us are there opening day

  • June 17, 2011, 7:47 a.m. CST



  • June 17, 2011, 8:22 a.m. CST

    Coolest picture ever

    by bobjustbob

    'Nuff said.

  • When he was due to be honoured by the Prince of Wales, a so-called journalist made the claims that Clarke had talked to him about having sex with boys. It was a complete lie, and was designed to embarrass the Prince of Wales. Clarke himself, said it was a waste of time to try and sue the paper as the damage had been done. He said that the allegations were "not aimed specifically at me but designed to embarrass Prince Charles", and that he had not been sexually active for more than 20 years. He issued a more robust denial later: "Having always had a particular dislike of paedophiles, few charges can be more revolting to me than to be classed as one. The allegations are wholly denied. My conscience is perfectly clear." He did eventually receive his knighthood, two years later. Believe it or not the Brits don't give knighthoods to self-confessed paedophiles.

  • June 17, 2011, 8:38 a.m. CST

    C'mon, I just had to say that is the greatest BTSP ever..

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    .. And in space, no one can see you light one up...

  • Cf. her song "Ego"; to wit, "It's too big, it's too wide, it's too strong, it won't fit. It's too much, it's too tough; he talk like this 'cause he can back it up. He's got a big ego, such a huge ego. I love his big ego—it's too much." Hope this helps!

  • June 17, 2011, 8:56 a.m. CST

    Oh my sweet GOODNESS

    by heyscot


  • year is 2061 (homage to the 3rd book)...a rogue monolith uses the stargate to go back in 1969 and takes out Apollo 11 thus creating an entirely new timeline...Bowman Prime (Keir Dullea) follows and arrives 32 years later in an alternate 2001 when mankind has never discovered the monolith on the moon...he meets a USAF pilot/astronaut Frank Poole (Karl Urban) who is in a Maverick/Iceman style rivalry with the studious young Dave Bowman (Cillian Murphy). Bowman Prime instructs Poole to team up with nuBowman aboard the newly fitted USS Discovery voiced by Hal (Douglas Rain) in order to investigate/destroy the rogue monolith and re-initiate the Jupitier program headed by Dr. Heywood Floyd (CGI Jaws era Roy Scheider cameo)

  • June 17, 2011, 9:42 a.m. CST

    awesome fucking pic

    by spidercoz

    kudos and thanks, quint, I'm keeping this one ;) my all-time favorite movie from my all-time favorite filmmaker and all-time favorite author plus, it originally came out on my birthday, 10 years before the fact but still I wish someone competent would make the third book into a movie, it's probably the best of the series, imho

  • it spookys

  • June 17, 2011, 11:27 a.m. CST

    Awesome picture! Thanks for sharing, Quint!

    by Proman1984

  • June 17, 2011, 12:02 p.m. CST

    We're on a mission from God.

    by ROBRAM89

    The only thing I could think when I saw these two.

  • June 17, 2011, 12:38 p.m. CST

    Fingers? Gloves?

    by bah

    I thought he was a Centauri.

  • June 17, 2011, 12:47 p.m. CST

    If a photo could measure brainwave activity in ergs...

    by justmyluck

    ... that one would be it!

  • June 17, 2011, 1:30 p.m. CST

    Like Leone, and Malick

    by paulloch

    you just wish he made more movies. But his perfectionism and ego, made him abandon a bunch of projects and films like One Eyed Jacks (imagine a Kubrick Western). Sad, that he destroyed all the sets, props, and models (the most detailed ever at the time) from 2001, because he didn't want anyone else using them for other movies. Look at the money Star Trek and Star Wars props/models get at auction.

  • June 17, 2011, 1:52 p.m. CST

    Looks like the photographer

    by empty_headed_animal

    caught them sharing some weed. It was the 60's after all.

  • June 17, 2011, 2:10 p.m. CST

    Recently saw 2001 with a live orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall

    by supertoyslast

    That was fucking awesome!

  • June 17, 2011, 2:28 p.m. CST

    empty, ha!

    by spidercoz

    if only, would give a whole new meaning to that caution sign

  • June 17, 2011, 2:38 p.m. CST

    cartmanez, you're not kidding about Keir Dullea

    by detinue

    I was re-watching 2001 the other day and went over to IMDB to see what ever happened to him and was flabbergasted by the latest pictures. They totally nailed his old age makeup in the movie. It's beyond spooky, like maybe Kubrick and Clarke secretly invented a time machine and had circa 2011 Keir comeback in time to shoot the old man scenes. Who knows, maybe Keir will turn into the Star Child for real when he finally kicks it.

  • June 17, 2011, 2:45 p.m. CST

    Left hand holding a glove I think

    by DJTripp

  • June 17, 2011, 2:52 p.m. CST

    colour version:


  • June 17, 2011, 2:53 p.m. CST

    one for the Hot Toy collectors


  • i wonder if that was intentional?

  • June 17, 2011, 5:31 p.m. CST

    Keir Dullea

    by No Respectable Gentleman

    Dullea is like Jason Miller from THE EXORCIST ... a good, striking-looking actor who for some reason never got much work. But it doesn't matter because they're both in absolutely iconic films -- single films that are worth fifty pieces of modern-day ephemera. Small wonder that Dullea now looks exactly like he did in old age make-up in 2001. He probably grooms himself that way.

  • June 17, 2011, 6:01 p.m. CST

    It may be a merely a glimpse behind the scenes...

    by dogu4

    ...but in this case it's more. Thanks for bringing this to us. Cheers.

  • June 17, 2011, 6:05 p.m. CST

    Now that's what i call a proper movie.

    by AsimovLives

    2001: A Space Oddyssey, it's for keeps.

  • June 17, 2011, 6:28 p.m. CST

    Hey Kubrick, no smoking indoors! They passed that law in 2000!

    by Jerry Piper

  • June 17, 2011, 6:43 p.m. CST

    cartmanez: coincidence

    by Nem_Wan

    The use of bright primary-color spacesuits to stand out against a black/white/gray backgrounds was likely coincidental. In 2001 it is justified by serious speculation on the functionality of the suits, to make helmeted astronauts distinguishable by different colors as well as highly visible with bright colors. (NASA did not go as far and instead distinguishes astronauts on EVA with one of them having a color stripe on their otherwise identical white suits, while suits that might be worn in a launch or landing rescue situation are International Orange.) The justification in Star Trek was likely NBC pressure to emphasize the value of color television, since the original Star Trek pilot used the same muted color palette of the first Star Trek feature film, and those are the two Star Trek projects over which Gene Roddenberry had the most unilateral control. Filming of 2001: A Space Odyssey took place December 1965 to September 1967. The first broadcast of Star Trek was in September 1966.

  • June 17, 2011, 9:53 p.m. CST

    I'm off to go get me some Stapledon.

    by dockealy


  • It would colour code who's who and would make visual identification of the astronauts much easier then just a nametag.

  • June 18, 2011, 5:11 a.m. CST

    More connectiosn between 2001 and STAR TREK:

    by AsimovLives

    In both 2001 and the second pilot episode of STAR TREK, called WHERE NO MAN HAS GONE BEFORE, both star Gary Lockwood. In the sam eyear of 1965 he shot his scens for ST and for 2001. The dude was in two SF classics in the same year. Think about it.

  • From all accounts i have read about him, he is always described as a perfect gentleman and one of the most kind and interesting human being you can ever hope to meet. He is a superior being. Just one more little step to upgrade into a Star Being.

  • June 18, 2011, 5:15 a.m. CST

    supertoyslast, you have no idea how envious i am of you!

    by AsimovLives

    That must have been fantastic. Well played, sir.

  • Clarke was a class act all around. He did more to interest people into REAL SCIENCE then any other author, consideringthe fact he himself was a real scientist. That he was also one of the fathers of 2001 is more then enough to make him a legend.

  • June 18, 2011, 5:22 a.m. CST

    Yes, this photo is really total complete awesomeness.

    by AsimovLives

    Awesome photo about two awesome guys who made an awesome movie which blows my mind everytime i see it. Awesome in the true and original definition of the word.

  • June 18, 2011, 5:47 a.m. CST

    2001 in todays movies


    You still 'see' 2001 type stuff in todays movies - Inception (Maurice Fischers death scene)...Tron 2 (Jeff Bridges apartment)...Superman Returns (Superman lifting the kryptonite island into space)...Star Trek 2009 (Enterprise corridors, Kelvin crewmember getting sucked out into space), Burtons Apes (the pods, "Lt Bowman report to the bridge", interior of the space station wasn’t unlike Discovery, Marky Mark watching videos of his pals like Frank Poole) note - The original Apes was out in 68, the same year as Kubricks 2001..the remake was out in 2001

  • June 18, 2011, 5:53 a.m. CST

    oh wait - i forgot about the whole of Star Trek TMP


    which was basically Trek does Kubrick

  • June 18, 2011, 6:50 a.m. CST

    cart you forgot Mission to Mars

    by KilliK

  • June 18, 2011, 6:55 a.m. CST



    M2M was too shit too warrant a mention

  • yeah,and i bet he lived almost all his life in Sri Lanka only because the food was good there...

  • June 18, 2011, 7:39 a.m. CST

    @kilik - You were called out on your bullshit.

    by V'Shael

    Now your just slandering a dead man without any evidence. Lots of people live in Sri Lanka. They're not all paedophiles, you cretin.

  • June 18, 2011, 7:43 a.m. CST

    He moved to Sri Lanka for the scuba diving.

    by V'Shael

    Clarke emigrated to Sri Lanka in 1956 largely to pursue his interest in scuba diving; that year, he discovered the underwater ruins of the ancient Koneswaram temple in Trincomalee. He was like an underwater Indiana Jones. He was cool. He was not a pederast. The British tabloid "The Sunday Mirror" made the allegation. It was investigated by the police, found to be baseless, and the Mirror had to print an apology. It's too much to hope that you'd do the same.

  • Everyone knew he was gay. In the 1950s I'd go out drinking with his boyfriend. We met his proteges, western and eastern, and their families, people who had only the most generous praise for his kindness. Self-absorbed he might be, and a teetotaller, but an impeccable gent through and through.

  • June 18, 2011, 10:37 a.m. CST

    v'shael his interview is online.go read it boy.

    by KilliK

    @Asimov warm climate and getting what your soul desire by simply affording it.anyway.

  • June 18, 2011, 11:58 a.m. CST

    It was T.H. White that was the pedophile

    by DougMcKenzie

    For some reason it got lumped in with Clarke since they were both gay.

  • June 18, 2011, 12:48 p.m. CST

    @Kilik - Are you retarded?

    by V'Shael

    The Sunday Mirror had to apologise for making that story up. Just because some clueless fuckwit has copied the original slanderous piece to the internet, doesn't make it true.

  • June 18, 2011, 2:40 p.m. CST

    v'shael what story? the interview is real

    by KilliK

    have you read it boy?

  • June 18, 2011, 4:54 p.m. CST

    Well that answers ARE retarded.

    by V'Shael

    Good to know.

  • June 18, 2011, 8:16 p.m. CST

    I didn't know Clarke was gay

    by proevad

    Learn something new on here every day. Also, any time the word "gay" is said on here, some asshole has to also call them a child fucker. I've noticed that those same people are almost always the same ones who like the stupidest fucking movies. Idiocy knows no topic boundaries. 2001 is perfection and thanks for the great picture.

  • June 19, 2011, 2:08 a.m. CST

    v'shael you already give up boy?

    by KilliK

    shame shame shame