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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.

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"Though the title plays up Meyer's work as writer and director on the second and fourth Star Trek films (arguably the best of them), there's plenty in this breezy, enjoyable showbiz memoir for non-Trekkers to enjoy. Meyer wisely focuses on the range of his Hollywood accomplishments, including devastating television movie The Day After and Oscar-nominated film The Seven Per-Cent Solution (adapted from his best-selling book). Ingratiatingly humble-'I assume that people who get to make a film are a) doggone lucky and b) doing this job because they want to do it'-Meyer's clear joy for his work never edges into ego-inflation or pretension. William Shatner, Malcolm McDowell, Mary Streenberg, Leonard Nimoy, Kirstie Alley, Gene Hackman and other stars pop in and out of his narrative, as does Meyer's family, but the films take center stage, as well as Meyer's grounded but exuberant affection for the community that allowed him to make them." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"The View from the Bridge" is Meyer's enormously entertaining account of his involvement with the Star Trek films as well as his illustrious career in the movie business. b&w photo insert.

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"Essential reading for any Star Trek and movie fan."

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When Nicholas Meyer was asked to direct the troubled second Star Trek film, he was something less than a true believer. A bestselling author and successful director, he had never been a fan of the TV series. But as he began to ponder the appeal of Kirk, Spock, et al., he realized that their story was a classical nautical adventure yarn transplanted into space and-armed with that insight-set out on his mission: to revitalize Trek.

About the Author

NICHOLAS MEYER is a noted author, screenwriter, and director. In addition to the Star Trek films, his many credits include an Oscar nomination for the screenplay of The Seven Per-Cent Solution (adapted from his New York Times bestseller), writing and directing the classic SF thriller Time After Time, and directing The Day After, the controversial film about nuclear war that became the most watched movie ever televised. Most recently, he adapted Philip Roth's novella The Dying Animal for the screen as Elegy.

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Found Highways, September 6, 2009 (view all comments by Found Highways)
The View from the Bridge is the most interesting book about how movies get made I've ever read. Nicholas Meyer talks about the art and the commerce both, and shows how each influences the other.

Even though Meyer makes it clear that making movies like Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan is a business (he never would have gotten into what he at first considered ludicrous space opera if not for the money), he never once in this book uses the word “franchise.” His films are stories, and he wants audiences to relate to them as tales about real people, not as interchangeable portions of a video game. (As William Shatner said, even on Star Trek everyone is human.)

Meyer characterizes himself as not a creator but a re-creator of stories. He's still making films about real people, like The Human Stain, based on a Philip Roth novel. I hope he gets to make his version of Don Quixote someday.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780670021307
Subtitle:
Memories of Star Trek and a Life in Hollywood
Author:
Meyer, Nicholas
Publisher:
Plume
Subject:
Individual Director
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts - General
Subject:
Authors, American -- 20th century.
Subject:
Motion picture producers and directors
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts - Movie Directors
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20100831
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16-page b/w photo insert
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.25 x 1 in 1.07 lb
Age Level:
17-17

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Though the title plays up Meyer's work as writer and director on the second and fourth Star Trek films (arguably the best of them), there's plenty in this breezy, enjoyable showbiz memoir for non-Trekkers to enjoy. Meyer wisely focuses on the range of his Hollywood accomplishments, including devastating television movie The Day After and Oscar-nominated film The Seven Per-Cent Solution (adapted from his best-selling book). Ingratiatingly humble-'I assume that people who get to make a film are a) doggone lucky and b) doing this job because they want to do it'-Meyer's clear joy for his work never edges into ego-inflation or pretension. William Shatner, Malcolm McDowell, Mary Streenberg, Leonard Nimoy, Kirstie Alley, Gene Hackman and other stars pop in and out of his narrative, as does Meyer's family, but the films take center stage, as well as Meyer's grounded but exuberant affection for the community that allowed him to make them." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , "The View from the Bridge" is Meyer's enormously entertaining account of his involvement with the Star Trek films as well as his illustrious career in the movie business. b&w photo insert.
"Synopsis" by ,
"Essential reading for any Star Trek and movie fan."

-trekmovie.com

When Nicholas Meyer was asked to direct the troubled second Star Trek film, he was something less than a true believer. A bestselling author and successful director, he had never been a fan of the TV series. But as he began to ponder the appeal of Kirk, Spock, et al., he realized that their story was a classical nautical adventure yarn transplanted into space and-armed with that insight-set out on his mission: to revitalize Trek.

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