In the year 2021, a space salvage expert and his partner become embroiled in a crooked scheme to divert an asteroid containing sapphire and crash it into the moon for later recovery.
The only place that they can bring the asteroid down without drawing attention to themselves is a mining claim on the dark side of the moon. But first, they must dispose of the miner.
Unbeknownst to them, however, the miner’s sister has hired the same salvage team to help her locate her missing brother.
Special effects technician Les Bowie and a 12-man team took six weeks to make their moon. Constructed from fibreglass, it measured six feet in diameter.
The thousands of craters, valleys and mountains were hand-carved by craftsmen on the surface of the fibreglass sphere, which had been made from a special cast. It was painted, dust-speckled, and cleverly lit until, against a jet-black ‘deep space’ background, it had the appearance of the real thing.
Warren Mitchell – famous as television’s Alf Garnett – starred here in a completely contrasting role as JJ Hubbard, one of the richest men in two worlds. A distinguished supporting cast included Adrienne Corri, Ori Levy, Dudley Foster and Carry On regular Bernard Bresslaw.
This Hammer production – filmed at Associated British Elstree Studios and promoted as “the first moon western” – was written by Gavin Lyall, Frank Hardman and Martin Davison.
Capt. William H. Kemp
Len the Barman
Roy Ward Baker