Space Warriors 2000 (1985) was an illegitimate Ultraman movie produced by Thai director Sompote Saengduenchai (a.k.a. Sompote Sands) and Dick Randall, a low-budget film producer responsible for a great number of Z-grade horror and exploitation movies. The film itself was made up from footage taken from Sands’ The 6 Ultra Brothers vs. the Monster Army (1974) as well as the Japanese compilation films Ultraman Zoffy (1984) and Ultraman Story (1984) and featured English dubbing as well as newly shot scenes of actors that introduced the film. Space Warriors 2000 only aired on American TV a few times in 1985 before Tsuburaya Productions, the producers of the Ultraman series, threatened Randall and Sands with legal action, resulting in its not being shown ever again.
The story of Space Warriors 2000 centers around a young boy named Nicholas, whose life changes when he is given an Ultraman toy that proves to be more than what it seems. Nicholas was played by Nick Curror, who currently lives in Thailand, making his living as a musician. While his memories of the shoot are few, this interview does shed some interesting light on the making of this cult classic.
— Connor Anderson and Brett Homenick
Vantage Point Interviews: What was your background before you got cast in Space Warriors 2000?
Nick Curror: No acting experience.
VPI: How were you hired to work on the film?
NC: A family friend.
VPI: How was the concept of the movie explained to you? For example, was any mention of Ultraman made to you at the time?
NC: Brief outline of the plot was explained.
VPI: Where were your scenes filmed?
NC: Belgravia, London.
VPI: Is there any particular reason your real name was used for your character’s name?
NC: I think it helped me receive directions easier, using my real name.
VPI: Who played your parents? I’d imagine they were your real ones.
NC: They were not my real parents. I don’t know who they are!
VPI: Was that your real voice we hear in the film?
VPI: What was the time frame of filming? How many days did filming take? What time of day were your scenes filmed? What were the dates, as best as you can remember?
NC: Two days filming, filmed in daytime – 1984, I think.
VPI: Do you have any memories of Marc Smith, the director? (Was that even his real name?)
NC: No memories, sorry.
VPI: Were there any retakes of your scenes? Were you given much direction?
NC: Sorry, no memories.
VPI: Does anything stick out about the crew you worked with? Did they seem to know what they were doing?
NC: It didn’t feel like a real film set!
VPI: Did you meet producer Sompote Sands?
VPI: Did you get to keep your Ultraman toys?
VPI: How do you feel about the film?
NC: It’s pretty bad!
VPI: What’s your fondest memory of working on the flick?
NC: £75 fee! A lot of money to a 10-year-old in 1984.
VPI: Did you happen to act in any other projects?
NC: I’ve written music for films, as I am now a trained musician I’ve acted in amateur plays onstage.
VPI: What are your current activities these days?
NC: Musician living in Bangkok, Thailand.
The interview was conducted with questions by Brett Homenick, Connor Anderson, and Maxwell Bresee.