Saturday, 26 September 2009


French cinema journalist François Justamand, chief editor of La Gazette du doublage - the most important website about French-speaking dubbing, publishes this week on the blog of La Gazette an interesting piece about the dubbing of Gerry Anderson's cult classic Thunderbirds (1965-1966) and particularly of its two spin-off United Artists feature films: Thunderbirds are go! (1966) and Thunderbirds 6 (1968).

The series was dubbed by a company called SOFI. SOFI was the quasi-exclusive dubbing contractor of ITC, only The Baron was dubbed by Jean-Paul Blondeau and some titles like Space 1999 were dubbed in Montreal. Lady Penelope had of course the voice of Sylvia Anderson in English but was dubbed in French by Lily Baron, French voice of Tara King in The Avengers (excepted in The Forget-Me-Knot episode).

In the first feature film, dubbed at SPS, Penelope had the voice of Sylviane Mathieu (Faye Dunaway in The Thomas Crown Affair and Jill St John in Diamonds are Forever). But the movie has been re-dubbed in 2004 for a DVD release in a box set including Thunderbirds 6, never dubbed in the sixties because not released in France at the time.

Details on the blog of La Gazette (in French):

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