wrath of khan


We are assembled here today to pay final respects to our honored dead. And yet it should be noted, in the midst of our sorrow, this death takes place in the shadow of new life, the sunrise of a new world; a world that our beloved comrade gave his life to protect and nourish. He did not feel this sacrifice a vain or empty one, and we will not debate his profound wisdom at these proceedings.

It was silent in the makeup room as slowly, methodically, the burn makeup was applied to my face - or rather to Spock’s. What did the Vulcan think about what was about to happen? I’m sure he felt that sacrifice was simply the only logical course open to him - but Leonard Nimoy felt very differently. I watched the transformation in the mirror with a sense of impending doom, even grief at what was about to happen. I’d spent a great deal of respect, admiration - and yes, even fondness-for him.

And now I was condemning him to die.

By the time I headed back to set, I was an emotional wreck, in deep pain and the deference everyone displayed toward me only added to my inner turmoil. The hushed stage crew parted in waves as I came walking through, and Bill, De and Jimmy were somber; for once, Bill wasn’t in a joking mood.

—  Leonard Nimoy (I Am Spock) On filming Spock’s death scene in Wrath of Khan