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  • A blue space suit as a prop in the 1968 film "2001: A Space Odyssey."
    • Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)

    2001: A Space Odyssey

    1968

    Costume seen as a prop

  • Michael O'Hare as Commander Jeffrey Sinclair wearing a blue space suit in the episode "Babylon Squared" of the 1994 series "Babylon 5."
    • Warner Bros. Television

    Babylon 5: Babylon Squared

    1994

    Costume seen on Michael O'Hare as Commander Jeffrey Sinclair

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About the Costume

Science fiction films have a long history of reuse with costumes, sets, sound design, and even the occasional video footage. It has been rumored that when Stanley Kubrick finished his 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey, he chose to destroy most of the blueprints, props, and models, as he did not want to have them appear again in future science fiction films like so many others before his.

Whether or not this rumor is true, a few rare props and costumes managed to escape destruction to either go up for auction or to be used in other films. This blue space suit is one of three created for the film. While its yellow and red counterparts were worn in the film, the blue suit was only used as a prop. The blue suit was seen again in 1994 in the television show Babylon 5, in the episode entitled Babylon Squared, where Michael O’Hare wore it as Commander Jeffrey Sinclair. It has been altered in some minor ways but ultimately is easily identifiable as the same piece due to the helmet’s shape and the various patch placement.

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About the Costume

Science fiction films have a long history of reuse with costumes, sets, sound design, and even the occasional video footage. It has been rumored that when Stanley Kubrick finished his 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey, he chose to destroy most of the blueprints, props, and models, as he did not want to have them appear again in future science fiction films like so many others before his.

Whether or not this rumor is true, a few rare props and costumes managed to escape destruction to either go up for auction or to be used in other films. This blue space suit is one of three created for the film. While its yellow and red counterparts were worn in the film, the blue suit was only used as a prop. The blue suit was seen again in 1994 in the television show Babylon 5, in the episode entitled Babylon Squared, where Michael O’Hare wore it as Commander Jeffrey Sinclair. It has been altered in some minor ways but ultimately is easily identifiable as the same piece due to the helmet’s shape and the various patch placement.

Science fiction films have a long history of reuse with costumes, sets, sound design, and even the occasional video footage. It has been rumored that when Stanley Kubrick finished his 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey, he chose to destroy most of the blueprints, props, and models, as he did not want to have them appear again in future science fiction films like so many others before his.

Whether or not this rumor is true, a few rare props and costumes managed to escape destruction to either go up for auction or to be used in other films. This blue space suit is one of three created for the film. While its yellow and red counterparts were worn in the film, the blue suit was only used as a prop. The blue suit was seen again in 1994 in the television show Babylon 5, in the episode entitled Babylon Squared, where Michael O’Hare wore it as Commander Jeffrey Sinclair. It has been altered in some minor ways but ultimately is easily identifiable as the same piece due to the helmet’s shape and the various patch placement.

Credits

Sighting Credit:
  • dire-canisdirus
Photos provided by:
  • dire-canisdirus
  • Karim
  • KarlTate
Costume Designer:
  • Hardy Amies

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  1. All the sets, props, miniatures and costumes used in 2001 ; A Space Odyssey were destroyed after the making of the film, precisely because Kubrick didn’t want them re-used.

    The suit seen in Babylon 5 was a replica created for 2010, the sequel to 2001.

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Costume Commentary

  1. All the sets, props, miniatures and costumes used in 2001 ; A Space Odyssey were destroyed after the making of the film, precisely because Kubrick didn’t want them re-used.

    The suit seen in Babylon 5 was a replica created for 2010, the sequel to 2001.

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  1. All the sets, props, miniatures and costumes used in 2001 ; A Space Odyssey were destroyed after the making of the film, precisely because Kubrick didn’t want them re-used.

    The suit seen in Babylon 5 was a replica created for 2010, the sequel to 2001.

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