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Five Million Years to Earth (1967) Poster

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If you look closely at the London Underground station walls, you can see quite a few posters from other Hammer projects such as The Reptile (1966), Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966) and The Witches (1966), as well as My Fair Lady (1964) and Hotel (1967). An old, partially-ripped poster for Sex and the Single Girl (1964) can be seen on the wall opposite the entrance to Hobbs End station.
When Dr. Roney is picking at the eyeball of the dead Martian creature in his laboratory the pupils of the compound eye are a rectangular slot shape rather then round like a human eye. This is reminiscent of a goat's eye, a creature that has for centuries been associated with witchcraft and sorcery.
Three decades on, Andrew Keir reprised the rôle of the Professor in "The Quatermass Memoirs", a five-part docudrama scripted by Nigel Kneale and transmitted on BBC Radio 3 in March 1996.
The outside broadcast television cameras (and the TV channel glimpsed on a pub monitor) bear the genuine logo of ITV regional broadcaster ABCTV - ironic for an adaption of a serial made by the rival BBC channel.
A Sony CV-2000B Videocorder - a very early and primitive form of videotape recorder - is on display during the sequences in which the Martian race memory is both recorded and later played back to the skeptical military.
Of the three Hammer Horror "Quatermass" films, this is the only one which "Quatermass" creator Nigel Kneale personally liked. This was largely to the fact that he was much happier with Andrew Keir's performance as the title character than he had been with Brian Donlevy's in The Quatermass Xperiment (1955) and Enemy from Space (1957). He described Donlevy as "a former Hollywood heavy gone to seed" and claimed that he was drunk during much of the shooting of the latter film, a claim which its director Val Guest repudiated.
Julian Glover had to perform his own stunts, including the scene where Colonel Breen falls over into the pit.
Despite not personally connecting with director Roy Ward Baker, Andrew Keir felt that the crew gelled together extremely well as a unit. This can partly be attributed to the fact that - prevented from lensing as planned at a full-up Elstree - the production team enjoyed the luxury of having the entire run of the empty MGM studios.
Andrew Keir celebrated his 41st birthday on set on April 3rd 1967.
The producers requested both orchestral and electronic cues from composer Tristram Cary in order to have a choice of scores to use. He provided around thirty minutes of symphonic music plus electronic pieces (to represent the Martian threat), though much of it was lost during post-production editing and recutting, occasionally being replaced with stock tracks.
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Duncan Lamont (Sladden) previously played the doomed astronaut Victor Carroon in The Quatermass Experiment (1953).
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Roney's mental image, seen on a small screen when the apparatus is being calibrated, is a shot from early in Four Sided Triangle (1953), an earlier Hammer science fiction film.
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Early UK posters featured an illustration of John Neville as Quatermass, suggesting that he was a one time candidate for the role.
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Roy Ward Baker originally wanted Kenneth More for the role of Quatermass, but various books on Hammer claim More was vetoed by Hammer bosses.
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André Morell was asked to reprise his role as Professor Bernard Quatermass from Quatermass and the Pit (1958) but he declined the opportunity.
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Noel Howlett played the role of the vicar in the original BBC TV serial.
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Edwin Richfield (Minister) previously played the role of Peterson in Hammer's earlier film Enemy from Space (1957).
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Richard Shaw, who played Sladden in Quatermass and the Pit (1958), was asked to reprise his role but could not because of a prior engagement.
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Anthony Quayle was considered for the role of Professor Bernard Quatermass before Andrew Keir was cast.
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Noel Howlett (Vicar Gilpin) was the only actor to reprise his role from Quatermass and the Pit (1958).
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Julian Glover was chosen by Roy Ward Baker to play Colonel Breen.
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Van Heflin was considered for the role of Quatermass.
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When the workmen find the skull amongst excavation period at the beginning, it is law to stop all further work when any sort of fossil or artifacts are found in any construction sites.
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In the late 90's, it was announced that " The Crow " director Alex Proyas was to do a remake but it failed to materialise.
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