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Leonard Nimoy, film director

Leonard Nimoy, film director

May 29, 1986: Director Leonard Nimoy at work editing “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.”

This photo by staff photographer Iris Schneider accompanied an article by Sue Martin in the June 14, 1986 Los Angeles Times that began:

The question closest to “Star Trek” fans’ hearts this year is: Will the voyages of “Star Trek” continue without the Enterprise?
As you may recall. . . .

When last we left the intrepid crew of the starship Enterprise in “Star Trek III: The Search for Spock,” stricken comrade Mr. Spock had been rescued from the exploding planet Genesis. But alas, the Enterprise was lost. At the end of the film, the crew faced possible court-martial (for not acting on orders), and Mr. Spock was a mere shell of his former self back on his home planet of Vulcan.

Where will things go from here?

Actor/director Leonard (Mr. Spock) Nimoy alluded to “the Enterprise question” in a recent interview in his Paramount Studios office. Looking relaxed (if unshaven), his hair still cut in the helmet style of his Vulcan alter ego, the director of “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home,” discussed the film during a break from post-production work.

With a Christmas release scheduled for “Star Trek IV,” the destruction of the Enterprise has raised protests from fans who feel that the ship is, and always was, the heart of “Star Trek.” Will the Excelsior, the spanking-new starship, shown briefly in “Star Trek III,” reappear in “IV” as the new home for the Enterprise crew? …

The full Sue Martin story is online: Nimoy Drops an Enterprising Hint.

“Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home” was well received, and unlike previous Star Trek movies, did well internationally. The movie grossed $133,000,000.

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