1. Filming began on 2001: A Space Odyssey, in December, 1965, at Shepperton Studios, England.
Stanley Kubrick directs the lunar monolith scenes.
2. Kubrick co-wrote the film with science fiction author Arthur C. Clarke, partly inspired by the latter’s short story, The Sentinal.
Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke inside the passenger deck of the Aries lunar ferry.
3. Released in 1968 the film inspired a generation to consider our place in the universe, and influenced countless other filmmakers.
Gary Lockwood in the main command deck of the Discovery One.
4. George Lucas: “Stanley Kubrick made the ultimate science fiction movie.”
Keir Dullea in the one-man space repair pod.
5. “It is going to be very hard for someone to come along and make a better movie, as far as I’m concerned.”
Keir Dullea poses in an equipment storage corridor on Discovery One.
6. Steven Spielberg: “He took you into space for the first time. Since ‘2001’, no documentary, no other movie, has ever really put me in space as much as ‘2001’ did.”
Stanley Kubrick gives instructions through a hatch in the centrifuge.
7. Martin Scorsese: “Watching a Kubrick film is like gazing up at a mountaintop. You look up and wonder, how could anyone have climbed that high?”
Stanley Kubrick shooting the final scenes of 2001.
8. The four-volume set includes film stills, interviews with cast and crew, concept art…
Artist Roy Carnon’s impression of the docking area at the hub of the space station, with a winged shuttle parked after arrival.
9. …and specially commisioned new illustrations.
Artwork demonstrating how the interior sets for the Discovery would fit in to the habitation sphere if the ship were constructed at full scale.