William Shatner Recounts How Leonard Nimoy Approached Spock as a Character

image Credit: McMillian
image Credit: McMillian

The friendship of Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner is legendary, and it is now the subject of a new book from Shatner: Leonard: My Fifty-Year Friendship with a Remarkable Man. Fittingly, the audiobook edition of the book is narrated by the Captain himself.


MacMillian Audio has provided us with an exclusive excerpt from the audiobook, in which Shatner recounts how Nimoy approached his most famous character, Spock.

The book covers the five-decade long friendship between the two men, who first met on the set of The Man from U.N.C.L.E., through Star Trek and up to February 2015, when Nimoy passed away.

Leonard: My Fifty-Year Friendship with a Remarkable Man is now available in audio and hardcover from MacMillian.

Andrew Liptak is the former Weekend editor of io9/Gizmodo. He is the co-editor of War Stories: New Military Science Fiction and hails from Vermont.


Diskey Whick

Fascinating. We miss you, Leonard.

The headline’s off though; this is about so much more than creating Spock’s appearance; it’s about how he developed the character as a whole. Certainly the look was part of that but credit is due for the amount of thought and effort put forth by Nimoy.

I think Shat might need to do some retakes. Couple rough patches.