The View From the Bridge

The View From the Bridge

Memories of Star Trek and A Life in Hollywood

Book - 2009
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The critically acclaimed director and writer shares his account of the making of the three classic Star Trek films

The View from the Bridge is Nicholas Meyer's enormously entertaining account of his involvement with the Star Trek films- STII- The Wrath of Khan, STIV- The Voyage Home , and STVI- The Undiscovered Country , as well as his illustrious career in the movie business. The man best known for bringing together Sherlock Holmes and Sigmund Freud in The Seven Per-Cent Solution had ironically never been interested in Star Trek until he was brought on board to save the film series.

Meyer shares how he created the script for The Wrath of Khan , the most revered Star Trek film of all, in twelve days-only to have William Shatner proclaim he hated it. He reveals the death threats he received when word got out that Spock would be killed, and finally answers the long-pondered question of whether Khan's chiseled chest is truly that of Ricardo Montalban. Meyer's reminiscences on everyone from Gene Roddenberry to Laurence Olivier will appeal not only to the countless legions of Trekkies, but to anyone fascinated by the inner workings of Hollywood.

Publisher: New York : Viking, 2009.
ISBN: 9780670021307
067002130X
Characteristics: viii, 263 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.

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mammothhawk229e
Jul 28, 2017

Loved the non-Star trek stories.

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CMLibrary_gjd_0
Dec 28, 2015

I enjoyed this book; did you know that Mr. Meyer was the person who brought us "The Day After" a TV movie highlighting what would happen after nuclear weapons are released? This book is mostly about how he was able to get that movie into production. Oh, there are some mentions of Star Trek along the way--but so much more!!

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ididarodkid
Oct 27, 2012

I am usually not all that interested in the Hollywood scene, but I always did enjoy the Star Trek saga, be it TV or movies. So this book was a voyage into the workings and politics of making two of the movies as well as a biography of the author. His sense of humor was a welcome part of the book, but at times I got bogged down in the references in the text to other movies, actors, and associations. While this may be to some an enhancement of the subject, personally I find it distracting and interruption in the flow of the narrative. So that comment is not critical, just that, a comment. The book did nudge me to get both of the movies from the library and I viewed them with a different perspective. Over all, a well written book that describes a look back into what the movie industry used to be, and a glimpse into how it has morphed into the world of today.

Agent13 May 31, 2012

Another good beach book is this one I enjoyed about making movies. The author is also responsible, in part, for the best of the Star Trek movies. (ok, I'm a Trekkie). Mr. Meyer's book is like a listening to a witty dinner party guest tell good Hollywood stories.

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edklarich
Feb 04, 2012

A good view of Star Trek from a directors point of view.

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