Did you know that Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan almost had the subtitle that ended up with Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country? I was reminded of that today watching this behind-the-scenes footage from Entertainment Tonight in 1982, released to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the groundbreaking sci-fi “submarine movie in space.” It’s really a delightful set of interviews for any Trek fan, from the director’s take on moving the then-infant movie franchise forward after a false start with 1979’s Star Trek: The Motion Picture to DeForest Kelley’s fond remembrances of fandom. Oh, how young!
It’s especially timely considering the will-they-or-won’t-they rumors of the second Star Trek reboot’s villain casting — Benedict Cumberbatch is widely believed to be playing Khan, but while some in the cast deny it, producers’ lips are sealed.
The summer of 1982 delivered one of the most memorable movies in science fiction ever with Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Now, on the film’s 30th anniversary, Entertainment Tonight is revealing incredible fly-on-the-wall footage from the set from their vaults. Watch the video to see Ricardo Montalban as Khan — along with his Botany Bay crew on the bridge of the U.S.S. Reliant — in a battle scene; moments with William Shatner as Kirk, Leonard Nimoy as Spock and Kirstie Alley as Saavik on the Enterprise set; one-on-one interviews with DeForest Kelley (McCoy), director Nicholas Meyer and executive producer Harve Bennett; and Nimoy’s final moments on the set when he’s wrapped from the film.