Sunday, January 18, 2009

R.I.P. Ricardo Montalban.

Ricardo Montalban died on Wednesday 14th January 2009 aged 88. He played the villain intent on taking revenge on Captain James Kirk in the Star Trek Movie "The Wrath of Khan." Ricardo first appeared in Star Trek's "Space Seed" episode in 2267, as the superhuman ex-prince of millions, Khan Noonien Singh.The U.S.S. Enterprise 1701 discovered Khan and his merry band of escapees in a deep space sleeper ship and were instantly cursed for opening pandora's box. The crew revived the newcomers and beamed them aboard the Enterprise.



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Soon the ex-ruler schemed to take over Kirk's precious starship. Fortunately the captain thwarts Khan and boots him off the ship along with his people to a seemingly hospitable planet. Khan agrees and everyones happy, except the ending was incomplete. Paramount actually made us wait fifteen years to see one of the greatest villains in the universe, wreaking deadly havock on the cosmos in what was the final installment of space seed. And you know what? R. Montalban did it in style. In the end Khan went out in a blaze of glory which was a fitting end for one of the one of the greatest Star Trek villains of all time. R.I.P. Ricardo Montalban.





I've done far worse than kill you, Admiral. I've hurt you. And I wish to go on hurting you. I shall leave you as you left me, as you left her... marooned for all eternity in the center of a dead planet... buried aliiiiiiiiiiive!"

"KHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN!"

Live Long and Prosper, Trekkies and Trekkers.

4 comments :

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RobotMan said...

Nice post and cool blog. Ricardo was also great as Armando on a couple of the Planet of the Apes films.

coffee said...

Dos Equis should have hired Ricardo Montalban to do a few ads for them, he could have done their "most interesting man in the world" bit perfectly (and he has a Spanish accent)

Spacerguy said...

Ricardo Montalban enjoyed making Star Trek The Wrath of Khan, so much so that he played the role for much less than was offered him, and counted the role as a career highlight. What a guy.

His major complaint was that he was never face-to-face with Shatner for a scene. "I had to do my lines with the script girl, who, as you might imagine, sounded nothing like Bill Shatner," he explained.

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