Welcome to ODYSSEY ~ KEIR DULLEA ONLINE a site dedicated to the career of actor Keir Dullea. Best known for his role as Commander Dave Bowman in Stanley Kubrick's masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey. In a career that has spanned five decades, Keir has worked in film and television including Law & Order, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Castle, Damages, The Hoodlum Priest, Bunny Lake Is Missing, The Fox, Paperback Hero, David & Lisa, Madame X, Isn't It Delicious, and the sequel to 2001, 2010: Odyssey Two. Keir's favourite medium is the stage where he's starred in such projects as the original production of Butterflies Are Free, On Golden Pond, Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, P.S. Your Cat Is Dead, Doubles, Dr. Cook's Garden, I Never Sang for My Father, The Shawshank Redemption, Tales from Hollywood, The Cherry Orchard and many other workshop productions.

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Keir & Gary Discuss “2001: A Space Odyssey” In Melbourne
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Actors from a Kubrick classic offer details of personal space

Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood visited Australia to discuss their roles in one of the most iconic films of all time, Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey.

There are many distinctive elements to Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 2001: A Space Odyssey – from extraordinary visual effects to challenging themes, from brilliant production design to inventive use of music. One of its most distinctive details is the soft, deceptively calm voice of HAL, the super computer, who suddenly goes rogue during the space mission that takes up the second half of the film.

Yet it’s not a voice the people making the movie ever heard on set. Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood, both 77, played the two astronauts, Dave Bowman and Frank Poole, whose encounters with HAL are part of cinema history. But Kubrick hadn’t found the voice he wanted for HAL, they recall, so during production various people delivered HAL’s dialogue.

Dullea – whose character hears that famous, ominous line ”I’m afraid I can’t do that, Dave” – often found himself talking to the first assistant director, Derek Cracknell, whose Cockney accent he’s quick to imitate. ”It was like working with Michael Caine,” he says. ”In my case,” says Lockwood, ”Stanley played HAL with me a couple of times.”

At first, Kubrick thought of using a female voice, and calling the computer Athena. Then he was going to cast American actor Martin Balsam, but felt he sounded too New York. Nigel Davenport was on set for a week, Dullea says, before Kubrick decided he was too English.

It wasn’t until post-production that Kubrick settled on Canadian actor Douglas Rain.

Dullea and Lockwood are in Melbourne this week to do a Q&A session after a screening of a 70mm print at the Astor Theatre on Friday, and to appear at Supanova pop culture expo at the Showgrounds at the weekend.

They are happy to talk about the tiniest detail of 2001, to reflect on what Lockwood calls ”a societal game-changer”, and to talk about a director who was open to anything and everything. And there are new things for them to learn about the film after all this time.

Dullea mentions the cut between the end of the first sequence and the beginning of the second, in which a bone tossed into the air by a murderous ape ”morphs into a space vehicle. That wasn’t just any space vehicle,” he says. ”I’ve only recently discovered that it is a nuclear weapon in constant orbit around the Earth.” There is more and more to uncover, both men say, every time a new generation comes to the movie. And they’re always happy when they know people are seeing it on the big screen, as Kubrick intended.


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“2010: Odyssey Two” Stills
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I screwed up on the stills album for 2010: ODYSSEY TWO and had to reupload them to the gallery. Of course Keir reprised his iconic role of Commander Dave Bowman in this Peter Hyams directed sequel to the 1968 classic. I know the release title for the film was 2010: THE YEAR WE MAKE CONTACT, but I really liked Arthur C. Clarke’s title for it better and thought I’d post that title. The film also starred Roy Scheider as Dr. Heywood Floyd taking over for William Sylvester, Helen Mirren as Tanya Kirbuk, John Lithgow as Dr. Walter Curnow, Bob Balaban as Dr. Chandra, and the return of Douglas Rain as the voice of the HAL-9000. This comes to the end of the additions for today. Whew!

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“2001: A Space Odyssey” 41 Stills, Production Stills & Posters Added
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Just when I think I’m done with 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY, it pulls me back in! I’ve been the lucky inheritor of a lot of photos from the film. There are quite a few of Keir as Dave Bowman, but I’ve also decided to include the other images I’ve acquired. Some are of Gary Lockwood (Frank Poole), William Sylvester (Heywood Floyd), Heather Downham and Penny Brahms who played stewardesses, and a few shots of the Discovery, life pods and Clavius Moonbase, and the dig zone where the monolith (TMA 1) was found. There are also included a few production stills of Keir with Gary and director Stanley Kubrick on location inside the ferriswheel, plus some original artwork posters from the film. I’m not entirely sure I’m completely done with 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY, that will depend on if I find anymore. I hope you like the high quality of the photos, though some are the original negatives.

  • [005] POSTERS: 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY

  Filed Under: 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY, CHARACTERS, Commander Dave Bowman, FILM, FILMS, KEIR DULLEA

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