The Catacombs Production Guide
Unused Special Effects: Breakaway


A slightly different version of the famous cascading explosions shot.

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Unusual and remarkable shot of the Moon glowing red. The clapperboard is not shown, but states it was filmed on 7-12-75 (7th December), slate 67 x 3.

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An unused shot the Moon leaving Earth. As the Moon and stars are fixed, it looks more like the Earth moving, which is probably why it was discarded.

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Another remarkable shot of the Moon passing Saturn. It emerges from behind the ringed planet. Scientifically this is an error- Saturn is so large (34 times the lunar diameter) that the Moon would not be visible beyond it. The banded pattern and bland yellowish colour of Saturn's atmosphere is astronomically accurate (this was 6 years before the first spaceships to visit Saturn, Pioneer 11 in 1979 and Voyager 1 in 1980). Also note the Moon is travelling in the direction of the lighted face of Saturn- that is, towards the sun and the inner solar system.

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Unused shots of the Moon hurled into space; this appeared later in Space Brain

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Unused shots of the Moon hurled into space; later seen briefly on a Swift computer screen in Brian The Brain.

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Unused zooms into deep space. The latter two shots appear in Collision Course.

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Space 1999 copyright ITV Studios Global Entertainment