Friday, March 21, 2014

I Spy (TV Series) - Robert Culp (1965) - Kowloon Star Ferry Pier

Another no-brainer (from a location hunting point of view) but interesting nonetheless as we get to see a shot inside the pier as well. It should be familiar to pretty much anyone who has traveled on it at any point over the last 50 years. The current structure has been there since 1957. I still love the place and get on it as much as I can despite the fact that the Govt seems so intent on destroying it bit by bit.

Anyway, here is the outside as seen on the episode: No Exchange on Damaged Merchandise.

 Followed by a nice shot of the guys walking down those famous gangplanks - looking down, as we all do, to avoid tripping on those pesky horizontal wooden slats. And then of course, boarding the boat. It looks to me as though the chaps opted for the more expensive upper class/top deck ride. Now that really is pushing the boat out, don't you think (geddit?)

Finally, we shall round it off with some shots inside the ferry. I don't know which boat this is (the screen grab is too grainy to make out the name) but some of the current fleet were built in the 1950's and 60's, so there is a good chance that this one is still running to and fro on a daily basis. Actually, the more eagle-eyed of you may have already noticed from the first sequence of shots of the pier and boat, that the last shot is of a different boat (look carefully and you can see the name is different and it has gained a couple of life rings by the gate). The shot occurs slightly later in the sequence so it seems that the last image was from different take.

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