Nimoy was given approval rights over Spock's casting and supported Quinto's casting. Countdown  , Ambassador Spock Nimoy promises the Romulans he will use Vulcan technology to save them from a rogue supernova that threatens to destroy their Empire. He pilots an advanced starship equipped with red matter, a powerful substance able to create artificial black holes. The mission is only partially successful, and in the aftermath Spock is pursued into the past by Nero Eric Bana , a Romulan driven mad by the loss of his homeworld and family, setting into motion the events of the film.
In the film's opening act, Nero's ship emerges in the year , and through its interaction with the inhabitants, inadvertently creates an "alternate, parallel 'Star Trek' universe". Stranded in the alternate past, the prime version of Spock helps the alternate , younger version of himself and Kirk Zachary Quinto and Chris Pine , respectively thwart Nero's attempt to destroy the Federation. The film also features Jacob Kogan in several scenes depicting Spock's childhood, including his abuse at the hands of other Vulcan children due to his half-Human heritage, and his relationship with his parents Ben Cross and Winona Ryder.
The film also depicts Kirk and Spock's initial clashes at Starfleet Academy, and the gradual development of their friendship based on shared mutual respect,  what the elder Spock calls " At the end of the film, the young Spock opts to remain in Starfleet while his older self stays in the altered universe to aid the few surviving Vulcan refugees, as Nero had destroyed Vulcan, Spock's home planet.
Star Trek Into Darkness [ edit ] Main article: Spock nearly dies protecting a planet from an active volcano, but Kirk breaks the Prime Directive and saves him. Spock Prime is contacted by Spock on the Enterprise, to find out details on Khan. Spock Prime initially reminds his alternate self that he will not interfere with the events in the alternate timeline.
That being said, he then informs Spock that Khan was a dangerous man, and the greatest threat that the Enterprise ever faced in his own timeline, and warns that he is likely as dangerous in Spock's alternate timeline as well. When asked whether Khan was defeated, Spock Prime answers that he eventually was defeated, but at great cost referring to the events of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. When Kirk contracts radiation poisoning and dies in front of Spock a transposed parallel of events in the prime timeline where Spock dies in front of Kirk , an enraged Spock attempts to kill Khan to avenge Kirk before Uhura informs him that Khan's regenerative blood can revive Kirk.
Nearly a year later, Spock remains as Kirk's chief science officer and executive officer as the Enterprise departs on its first five-year mission of deep-space exploration. Into Darkness would be Nimoy's final appearance as Spock Prime, as well as the last role of his career. He died in , shortly before production began on Star Trek Beyond. Star Trek Beyond [ edit ] Main article: Impacted by this, Spock later tells McCoy that he intends to leave Starfleet to continue the ambassador's work on New Vulcan.
At the end of the film, Spock receives a box containing some of Ambassador Spock's personal effects, and reflecting on a photograph of the older crew of the Enterprise from the series' original timeline, he chooses to remain in Starfleet. Roddenberry offered the part to both Kelley and Martin Landau , but they both turned him down. Phillips in turn asked John Chambers to create Spock's ears, as he was working on getting an appropriate shade of red for Spock's skin;  this idea was later abandoned in favor of a yellow hue because of the effects on black and white television.
However, NBC demanded that he be only a background character,  and when it went to series, the tips of Spock's ears were airbrushed out on promotional materials. This was based on a Jewish Kohen he had seen as a child. Coon and the stepping back of Roddenberry during the third season , Nimoy found that the writing of Spock deteriorated. In particular, he did not like the character being made a fool of during the episode "Spock's Brain".
Nimoy agreed to return to Spock during one of the early s attempts to create a Star Trek film, entitled Star Trek: The God Thing , but dropped out after his likeness as Spock was used without permission to advertise Heineken beer. Planet of the Titans as directed by Philip Kaufman. After being offered only a recurring part by Roddenberry, Nimoy refused to appear at all. The Wrath of Khan with the promise of a dramatic death scene. The Final Frontier was changed at Nimoy's insistence, as he felt the character had already come to terms with his human-side and Sybok would have no influence on him.
The Undiscovered Country , appointing the director, writers and producers. He highlighted the work of Zachary Quinto, as he felt he looked similar and could sufficiently portray the inner thought process of the character. Abrams and the writers, and because it made him feel appreciated. At the time, he did not rule out returning again,  but he died prior to the following film. It was incredible, and it still is, although it is gentler now than it used to be.
If I went to a restaurant, I had to plan my entrances and my exits so I wouldn't be mobbed and hurt. It isn't that hysterical any more, but it is still a potent force. From early on, the public reacted very positively—even fanatically—to his character, in what The Boston Globe in described as "Spockmania". There, he knows who he is; he relates to his role very specifically, and this gives him a kind of cool.
To Nimoy's surprise, Spock became a sex symbol ;  Isaac Asimov described the character as "a security blanket with sexual overtones", and Nimoy reported that "I've never had more female attention on a set before. Nimoy speculated that Spock appealed to women because  Down comes a stranger—tall, dark, thoughtful, alien and exotic.
Somewhat devilish in appearance. He has a brilliant mind, the wisdom of a patriarch and is oh, so cool. With one raised eyebrow, he suggests he is above game-playing and role-playing—which are just hangovers from Earth's Victorian Age —that he and he alone understand the deepest needs and longings of the Earth female. NASA made Spock an informal mascot. The actor concluded from the warm and intense reception he received that astronauts like John Glenn and aerospace industry engineers, secretaries, and shareholders alike all regarded Star Trek, and especially the character of Spock, as a "dramatization of the future of their space program".
Spock after the discoverer James B. Gibson's cat which had been named Mr. Spock, who was likewise "imperturbable, logical, intelligent, and had pointed ears". Nimoy has said that many of them, on meeting him, were eager to show him their work and discuss it with him as if he were a scientific peer, as opposed to an actor, photographer, and poet. His stock response in these situations was "it certainly looks like you're headed in the right direction".
Although Paramount executives were concerned that Spock's death would set fans against the movie, the audience actually applauded after Spock's death scene. I hate to be given to superlatives but it absolutely reached everything we wanted it to.
I couldn't ask for anything better," said co-producer Robert Sallin of the advance audience's reaction. Film critic Roger Ebert lauded Spock's death: And when he makes his decision, the movie rises to one of its best scenes, because the Star Trek stories have always been best when they centered on their characters.
Rock guitarist Paul Gilbert wrote the song "Mr. Spock" on his Space Ship One album. Swedish synthpop band S. K makes music heavily influenced by the Star Trek universe.
Even Nimoy got in on the act; assuming the Spock character, Nimoy recorded a number of novelty songs, the first being " Highly Illogical ", in which Spock pointed out the foibles of human thought, such as relationships, automobiles, and greed. The second song, "A Visit to a Sad Planet", was darker in tone and told the story of Spock visiting Earth in the future and discovering it had been ruined by war, violence, and environmental irresponsibility.
In that episode, several members of the Enterprise travel to a parallel universe inhabited by evil versions of themselves.
The parallel universe version of Spock is distinguished physically by his goatee. Since , the online fan production Star Trek: Phase II has continued the further voyages of the cancelled initial series. Many actors have and can play the roles, each offering a different interpretation of said character. Phase II has featured three actors in the role of Spock. Spock was portrayed by Jeffrey Quinn for the pilot and first three episodes, by Ben Tolpin in episodes 4 and 5, and by Brandon Stacy in episodes 6 through Stacy also served as a stand-in for Zachary Quinto in the Star Trek film.
After the death of Leonard Nimoy in , there was an increase in that practice.