LOSE YOURSELF IN 1962
When US astronaut John Glenn orbited the earth three times in four hours, 55 minutes in his Friendship 7 capsule on 20 February, he became a national hero. The mission concluded with him being recovered from the Atlantic, some 800 miles south east of Bermuda.
MOSS’ EASTER CRASH
On the final stages of the Formula One Glover Trophy Race on Easter Monday, 23 April, Stirling Moss’ Lotus left the road. The Guardian stated that ‘at first his injuries appeared to be extremely serious, and the crowd was relieved when an announcer said Moss had sent a message for his mother, saying: ‘I’m all right, and I will contact you as soon as I can get to a telephone.’ The crash ended his mainstream career.
TRANSATLANTIC BROADCAST – LIVE
Via the wonder of the Telstar 1 satellite, viewers on both sides of the Big Pond were able to see live footage from the other side of the world on 11 July, although Britons had to stay up until one in the morning. ‘ That’s a man’s face!’ exclaimed Raymond Baxter in understandable excitement as these flickering black and white images marked the beginning of satellite broadcasting.
DR NO GOES ON GENERAL RELEASE
Yes, the back projection in the Sunbeam Alpine car chase sequence is dire. Yes, Ian Fleming really wanted David Niven to portray 007. But the Ken Adam sets and the Monty Norman music, plus that moment of Sean Connery’s Bond introducing himself in that Pinewood casino, set the template for the Bond film franchise on 5 October this year.
Look out, Sean. Back projection!