• Vintage Film Posters and Film  auction at Christies

    Sale 5872

    Vintage Film Posters and Film Memorabilia

    24 November 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 377

    Secret Service, 1969

    Price Realised  


    Secret Service, 1969
    A very rare original Father Stanley Unwin, supermarionation puppet from the Gerry Anderson T.V. series The Secret Service, 1969; the full-length puppet with painted removable composition head, moveable eyes and lower lip, realistic grey hair and eyebrows, magnetized detachable flap to rear of head revealing the intricate mechanics that controlled the moving parts, with vinyl lower arms and hands with wired fingers, the puppet dressed in a grey clerical gown and trousers, white clerical collar, leather waist belt and black shoes, plastic spectacles [removable] and wire ear-piece to right ear, the leg joints have been fixed to allow the puppet to be mounted on a wooden base - puppet - 21in.(54cm) high

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    Following the success of the 'Thunderbirds', 'Joe 90' and other series, Gerry Anderson produced 'The Secret Service' in 1969, the last to use his trademark supermarionation process. The series also made unprecedented use of live action footage, which was blended in with close-ups of the supermarionated puppets. Anderson has often been quoted as calling 'The Secret Service' his favourite puppet program. Only one series, which ran for 13 episodes, was made.
    The series followed the adventures of Father Stanley Unwin, a priest who moonlights as a secret agent for an organisation called 'B.I.S.H.O.P.' (British Intelligence Service Headquarters, Operation Priest). In a somewhat unusual occurrence, for an animation series, the voice and (when required) physical actions of 'Father Stanley Unwin' were actually performed by an actor named 'Stanley Unwin', a popular British comedian of the time, who was best known for speaking in a form of gibberish he called "Unwinese", a gimmick which was utilised in the series to allow the fictional Unwin to confuse his enemies through coded messages.

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    Ex-lot 4, Toys & Dolls including the Sylvia Anderson, Mary Turner and John Read Collections, Phillips, Bayswater, London, 19 September, 1995

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