Thursday, 5 April 2012
CLASSIC IMAGE: REPTILE SCHEMER!
High atop his throne perch, the evil machinations of the multi-brained Imperious Leader (played by actor/stuntman Dick Durock, voiced by Patrick Macnee) against his human enemies continue. Intriguingly, many of the close-ups of the creature filmed for the pilot episode were apparently deemed too scary looking for viewers-hence the often long shots seen. Other behind the scenes legends reveal that Glen A. Larson was unhappy with its final look and asked for their to be no close-ups of the creature in the series. The Imperious Leader is certainly a reptilian cyborg hybrid of long-standing rule, and even has a pet lizard on his arm if you look close enough in early shots.