|Character Name||Tony Verdeschi|
|Played by||Tony Anholt|
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Age 32, born 1967 in Italy (The Bringers Of Wonder part 1). According to Magus in New Adam, New Eve, generations of his family before him were farmers. Elder brother is Guido. According to The Bringers Of Wonder, his "mama" makes voluminous pasta and remarkable sauce. Both his parents were alive in September 1999, but according to the (unreal) Guido, his papa "went quiet. Then he got thin.", while he mother was weeping and phoning the White House.
In The Immunity Syndrome, the following captions are seen: "Psychological Profile: Subject Anthony Dean Verdeschi. Subject born Florence Italy. Graduated B.A. Hons University Of Rome 1990. Ph.D Cambridge England 1993. Commissioned Space Service 1994.." The script added a caption "Rank science specialist G.I.".
His accent is British and his Christian names are English (Anthony, not Antonio, although his brother Guido has an Italian Christian name and an American accent). He uses an English pronunciation for his surname (Ver-des-she) rather than the correct Italian pronunciation (Ver-des-ki). His beer making is also not particularly Italian (although there are well established Italian beers, for instance Peroni). The evidence suggests he was raised by Italian or Anglo-Italian parents in Britain, and his parents and (elder?) brother may have spent some time in North America before he was born. His father or mother (or both) may have worked for international companies or organisations (universities, technology), which would explain the international upbringing.
His character was originally called Simon Hays, and that name still used in the shooting scripts of The Metamorph and The Exiles. Tim Heald records the first day of filming, 26 January 1976, when Barbara Bain first met Tony Anholt on set:
Just after she sat down at her desk, she turned to Tony Anholt, whose character's name had been changed from Simon Hays to Tony Verdeschi a couple of days previously. "Why do they give you a name which is immediately difficult to get round your tongue?" she asked. Tony didn't seem to know. "I shall call you Tony," she said, crisply and adamantly. (The Making Of Space: 1999, p27)
The same episode titles Tony "Chief Security Officer". He is also head of security in The Taybor & The Lambda Factor, although his sleeve colour is Main Mission red. Second in command (often assumes command, as in Journey To Where, The Mark Of Archanon, Catacombs Of The Moon, The Beta Cloud, The Bringers Of Wonder, Dorzak). Often accompanies Koenig on missions (All That Glisters, The Rules Of Luton, New Adam, New Eve, Brian The Brain, A Matter Of Balance, Space Warp, The Immunity Syndrome). Experienced Eagle pilot (The Rules Of Luton, Brian The Brain, Seed Of Destruction, Space Warp, The Seance Spectre). Best man at Pat Osgood's wedding (Catacombs Of The Moon).
According to Magus in New Adam, New Eve, "a man rooted in the rocks and earth", practical and hard headed, sometimes sceptical and cynical (accusing Carolyn in The Lambda Factor, antagonistic to Sanderson in The Seance Spectre), even boorish (in A Matter Of Balance, The Beta Cloud conclusion). A sense of humour often expressed with Maya (gives her a flower in The Rules Of Luton). Other interests include beer making (seen in Journey To Where, A Matter Of Balance, Catacombs Of The Moon, The Taybor, referred to in The Rules Of Luton, Seed Of Destruction, Dorzak).
In the Powys books, Verdeschi is introduced in the rewritten version of Android Planet, and Phoenix of Megaron, and he takes a prominent role in the landing expedition in The Forsaken, which leads up to his new role by the start of the second series.
"You asked what sort of people they are? What sort of people are we?" (The Exiles)
"Hey. The natives are growing restless." (Journey To Where)
"You know your problem? No sense of adventure." (Journey To Where)
"Offspring! You would say that. You couldn't just say children." (New Adam, New Eve)
"Would you tell me what does a computer know about beer anyway? No lust for adventure, no imagination, no taste. Nothing." (Catacombs Of The Moon)
"Anyone who likes my beer is somebody who can't be trusted, right?" (The Taybor)
"Maya, you know all that wild garbage that I handed you? Well, you know, the heavy syrup, the thousand violins, all that romantic stuff. I mean the pressure was murderous. A guy says a lot of strange things when he's under pressure." (The Beta Cloud)
"Come on, let's celebrate, sweetheart." (Dorzak)
Copyright Martin Willey