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Welcome to the Ray Harryhausen Podcast, the show dedicated to the life, career and films of a special effects titan!

Welcome to the Ray Harryhausen Podcast, the show dedicated to the life, career and films of a special effects titan!
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Welcome to the Ray Harryhausen Podcast, the show dedicated to the life, career and films of a special effects titan!




Episode 25- Kurt Christian Interview

Episode 25 of the Ray Harryhausen Podcast is dedicated to a very special interview with actor Kurt Christian, who starred in two of Ray’s most beloved movies. As Haroun in ‘The Golden Voyage of Sinbad’, and Prince Rafi in ‘Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger’, Kurt had key roles in consecutive Harryhausen classics. Within both films, Kurt was able to star alongside some of Ray’s finest casts, as well as facing some of a memorable array of Harryhausen creations on screen. Listen as Kurt recalls...


Episode 24- Mighty Joe Young, 70th Anniversary Special

Join us for a 70th anniversary celebration of Mighty Joe Young! Hosts John Walsh and Connor Heaney explore the 1949 classic, aided by excerpts from a previously unreleased commentary for the film from John Landis and Ray Harryhausen. Hear anecdotes and behind-the-scenes secrets from Ray's first film, made during the Golden Age of Hollywood cinema. John and Connor discuss personal memories of Mighty Joe Young, as well as some of the incredible treasures from the film which are held in the...


Episode 23- The Music Of Ray Harryhausen Vol.3: The 1960s

Our third retrospective on the film music of Ray Harryhausen sees us delve into the latter part of the 1960s. Containing some of the most diverse soundtracks of any period of Ray’s career, this eclectic selection of music covers a range of themes and genres. Containing tracks from ‘First Men in the Moon’, ‘One Million Years B.C’ and ‘The Valley of Gwangi’, join us for a lively discussion on the scores to these classic Harryhausen films. Particular attention is paid to the full soundtrack for...


Episode 22- Interview With Mark Gatiss

We were delighted to speak with esteemed actor, writer and director Mark Gatiss for Episode 22 of the Ray Harryhausen Podcast. Star of 'The League of Gentlemen', 'Doctor Who' and 'Sherlock', Mark spoke about his memories of Ray's films, and of their influence on him as he grew up in the 1970s. Listen in for a surprising connection between Ray Harryhausen and the League of Gentlemen! We'd like to thank Mark for his time, and for sharing all of these wonderful memories. We also discuss the...


‘Harryhausen- The Movie Posters’- BBC London 7th September 2018

Author Richard Holliss and Foundation Trustee John Walsh are interviewed by guest presenter Jumoke Fashola on BBC Radio London, discussing the newly released ‘Harryhausen- The Movie Posters’. Hear Richard discuss the history of Ray’s movie posters, whilst John explains the history of the Foundation and some of our future plans.


Episode 21- San Diego Comic Con

We take a look back at the Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation’s appearance at San Diego Comic Con 2018 in Episode 21 of our podcast. Listen to audio from our talk ‘Ray Harryhausen- The Return of the Special Effects Godfather’, as well as interviews with some of the fans and collectors who attended this year’s convention. Also, find out more about an exclusive screening of ‘First Men in the Moon’ at London’s Regent Street Cinema on September the 8th, and the chance to have your copy of...


Episode 20- Summer Special 2018

The Summer of 2018 sees a number of exciting announcements from the Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation. Join us for a special catch-up in Episode 20. We start with news of the imminent publication of ‘Harryhausen- The Poster Books’. Catching up once more with author Richard Holliss, we discuss the creation of this unique exploration of poster art, and our upcoming poster book event on August 26th. An exclusive interview follows, as Ray’s daughter Vanessa Harryhausen catches up with ‘The...


Episode 19- 'The 7th Voyage Of Sinbad' 60th Anniversary Special

Celebrate 60 years of ‘The 7th Voyage of Sinbad’! Join us as we mark the anniversary of one of the most influential and beloved fantasy films of all time. ‘The 7th Voyage of Sinbad’ changed the face of special effects in cinema, and inspired a generation of directors, actors and artists. Trustee John Walsh and Collections Manager Connor Heaney discuss the background and legacy of this incredible film, interspersed with the thoughts of Ray Harryhausen himself. We explore the move from black...


Episode 18- The music of Ray Harryhausen Vol.2: Bernard Herrmann

Celebrate the legendary collaborations of Ray Harryhausen and Bernard Herrmann! Episode 18 of the Ray Harryhausen Podcast sees part two of our retrospective on the music of Harryhausen movies. We explore in depth the relationship between Ray and one of the most influential and important film composers of the 20th century, Bernard Herrmann. Four of Ray's most beloved movies were scored by Herrmann- 'The 7th Voyage of Sinbad', 'The 3 Worlds of Gulliver', Mysterious Island' and 'Jason and the...


Episode 17- Ray Harryhausen and Ray Bradbury

A very special episode of the Ray Harryhausen podcast, as we explore the Ray's lifelong friendship with legendary author Ray Bradbury. Phil Nichols from The Centre for Ray Bradbury Studies joins us for an in depth discussion on a relationship which was to span 8 decades. After meeting in the mid-1930s, the two became best friends, and would speak on at least a monthly basis for the rest of their lives. We explore the circumstances that would lead both men to become legends within their own...


Episode 16- The music of Ray Harryhausen Vol.1: The Early Years

Join us for an exploration of the wonderful film music of Ray Harryhausen! The first of three episodes which will delve into the soundtracks and composers that helped to make Ray’s films so memorable, this edition explores the movie music of the 1940s and 1950s. From ‘Mighty Joe Young’ until ’20 Million Miles to Earth’, we discuss some of the talented artists and unsung heroes who created the soundtracks to the very earliest Harryhausen projects, alongside our favourite tracks from this era....


Episode 15- 20 Million Miles to Earth: 60th Anniversary Special

Join us for a celebration of Ray Harryhausen's 1957 classic, '20 Million Miles to Earth'. Our 15th episode sees Foundation trustee John Walsh and Collections Manager Connor Heaney discuss the adventures of the Ymir- one of Ray's most beloved and sympathetic creations. We then discuss the first exhibition of Ray Harryhausen material in the USA for several years, opening at the Science Museum Oklahoma from July through to December. We describe this incredible display with museum director Scott...


Episode 14- ‘Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger’ 40th Anniversary Special

Join us for a celebration of Ray Harryhausen’s third ‘Sinbad’ movie, as it reaches its 40th anniversary! Foundation trustee John Walsh and Collections Manager Connor Heaney discuss the film and its legacy in depth. Previously unreleased commentary clips of Ray Harryhausen and Colin Arthur are included throughout the show, as they discuss behind the scenes memories from the film’s creation. Ray’s daughter, Vanessa Harryhausen, relates her memories of time spent on the set of the movie, and...


Episode 13- Jason and the Argonauts: interview with John Cairney

'Jason and the Argonauts' actor John Cairney gives an in-depth interview on his memories of Ray Harryhausen, and of his part in this most beloved film. Join us for Episode 13, where we chat with the legendary actor about what it was like to be a part of one of Ray's classic movies. John reminisces about on-set incidents, what it was like to shoot the live-action sequences for the Dynamation processes, and his thoughts on the film more than 5 decades later. As an actor, writer, painter and...


Episode 12- 2017 preview show

Join us for the first Ray Harryhausen podcast of 2017! This action packed episode sees us look forward to an action packed year for Ray Harryhausen fans worldwide. The show contains: - Fan memories for '20 Million Miles to Earth' and 'Sinbad & The Eye of the Tiger' - Discussion with official Foundation restorer, Alan Friswell, on his latest model repairs - Extended interview with author Richard Holliss on his latest project- a poster book detailing the classic artwork used to promote Ray...


Episode 11- Conservation and Restoration with Alan Friswell

Episode 11 of the Ray Harryhausen Podcast sees us interview Alan Friswell, the Foundation's official conservator, about the work he has carried out in maintaining Ray's models for future generations. Listen to Alan speak about how he ended up working with Ray, and the amazing models which he has restored over the years, including most recently the original latex model of 'Gwangi!' Stay tuned for an exclusive competition after Alan's interview, and find out how to win one of 5 copies of the...


Bonus Podcast- Forrest J Ackerman Centenary

November 24th 2016 marks the 100th birthday of sci-fi legend Forrest J Ackerman, founder of 'Famous Monsters of Filmland' magazine. Forry was also one of Ray Harryhausen’s oldest friends, the two having met in the late 1930's after discovering a shared interest in 'King Kong'. We caught up with former 'Famous Monsters' editor David Weiner to discuss the friendship between Ray, Forry and Ray Bradbury. We also heard a clip of the three legends in discussion, taken from an interview which can...


Episode 10- Cinestrange Festival

Episode 10 sees us reminisce on our time at the Cinestrange Festival in Braunschweig, Germany, where we celebrated the 60th anniversary of 'Earth vs the Flying Saucers' by presenting the European premiere of the colourized version of the film. Guest of honour at the event was legendary director John Landis, who was a close friend of Ray Harryhausen's. During our time in Germany, we were able to catch up with friends of the Foundation, old and new. We chatted to 'Starcrash' director Luigi...


Episode 9- Starburst International Film Festival

Join us as we look back on our appearance at the Starburst Magazine International Film Festival, which took place in August 2016. As well as recapping our ‘Ray Harryhausen- Lost Treasures’ event, we host a series of interviews from the festival, including 'Golden Voyage of Sinbad' star Caroline Munro, 'One Million Years BC’'s Martine Beswick, Editor of Skwigly Magazine Steve Henderson, #Harryhausen100 competition winner Mike Tharme, and ‘Inside Number 9’ producer Adam Tandy. Finally, we host...


Episode 8- Into The Unknown: A Journey Through Science Fiction

Foundation trustee John Walsh interviews Neil McConnon and Patrick Gyger from the Barbican Centre in London about their new Science Fiction exhibition planned for Summer 2017. Featuring models, objects and artwork from Ray Harryhausen’s science fiction movies, we discuss Ray’s place in the history of the genre.