By 1978 he was a little long in the tooth but he still had that great 'love me' charm. I imagine in real life that he was a guy who couldn't get enough out of life and living. That is what always came across to me the most. You knew things were going to be okay if Doug McClure was involved in the situation.
There was a sequel and the rescuing of the hero of the original with 'The People that Time Forgot’. The best of the four is a very entertaining exploration of the centre of the earth, 'At the Earth's Core'. One of the strengths of this film in the performance of Peter Cushing. There is a repetition of the stories in the other films - and also a presentation of the monsters but the tongue-in-cheek irony in stronger in this film. Something of this remains in 'War Lords of Atlantis’. This is, quick paced and colourful and has guest appearances from Cyd Charisse and Daniel Massey. The monsters are again very effective. All in all a very entertaining and popular science fantasy series.
The Giant Octopus is the true star of the movie. He attacks multiple times and meets out judgement to all those who do evil. The thing was also unkillable. You gotta put them down the first time or they will be back to mess with your day and your expedition. I have never seen an octopus so pissed off at the crew of a ship where it left the ship alone after plucking each one off one by one. Usually everything ends up at the bottom of the sea.
If your gun runs out of bullets, don't throw it at the octopus. You might just find a box of bullets later in the movie. Plus you have to know better than to shoot all your bullets at ONE tentacle. They don't care if they loose 7 arms in a fight if they can strangle you with the eighth. You only shoot for the giant eyeball. Everyone knows that.
What happen to the kitty? I hope the kitty is safe on the ship. Maybe that is why the filmakers didn't have the ship sink - so the kid and the kitty could wait out the rest of the film. I am gonna be worried about the kitty until I know the truth.
I enjoyed how the inhabitants of Atlantis were perpetually in a bad mood. Evolution didn't help anyone's manners did it?
The effects and mat paintings were cutting edge for their time and were among the last of their generation to be fully rendered without the use of computer. For that reason alone they deserve more praise than movies of this type ever get.
Lea Brodie imediately catches the eye of McClure as Delphine. She is great in all her peasant girl glory. Brodie was also part of the cast of Space 1999.