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This article needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding reliable references. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. (April 2009) John Landon is a character in the movie Planet of the Apes. He is played by Robert Gunner. Landon was a human astronaut who joined the NASA program some time in the 1960s. According to his colleague, George Taylor, Landon was an ambitious scientist who "wanted to live forever". Along with Taylor and fellow astronaut Dodge, Landon participated in a mission to test the scientific theories of Otto Hasslein regarding an object moving faster than the speed of light. The crew of the Icarus launched out of Cape Kennedy in 1972 and spent over six months in outer space. Taylor, commander of the mission, placed the crew into a state of suspended animation, in preparation for the second leg of their journey. While they slept, the Icarus passed through a Hasslein Curve, a twist in space, that propelled the ship several centuries into the future. The ship crash-landed back on Earth in the year 3978. Splashing down into a stagnant salt lake, the crew revived and scurried to freedom. After crash landing on the planet, Landon and his fellow astronaut George Taylor bicker as they explore the planet. Landon was an adventurer and a patriot. As such, he found it hardest of the three to come to terms with their fate and argued strongly with Taylor after their crash-landing. Taylor maintained a rigid attitude, while Dodge committed himself towards finding a means to survive on this new world. Landon meanwhile, found himself the target of Taylor's acerbic wit. Taylor laughs as Landon plants a tiny U.S. flag on the surface of the planet near the lake where they crashed. Later, Landon and Taylor - along with another astronaut named Dodge - are captured by a group of apes and taken to a city populated by apes. During Taylor's subsequent trial, he discovers that Landon has been lobotomized by an ape scientist (which Dr. Zaius ordered) and left a mere shell of his former self. Landon is taken back to his cage, while Zaius later admits he knew Landon could talk, and had him operated on. When John Brent visited Zira and Cornelius in Beneath the Planet of the Apes, Cornelius told him that Taylor nearly ended up a museum specimen "like his two friends", which suggests that Landon was also dead and displayed alongside Dodge by that point. It's possible that during a skirmish involving gorilla soldiers, Landon was shot and killed. Trivia His first name "John" was revealed in the Planet of the Apes book-n-record set by Power Records and in Marvel Comics movie adaption. A fan-produced reproduction of the Presidential Commission's Briefing Dossier gave Landon the name 'Captain John Landon'.[1] The 'ANSA Public Service Announcement' bonus feature from the Blu-Ray Planet of the Apes Box-Set (released November 2008) included this biography: "Lieutenant John Landon serves as navigator on board the Liberty 1. Distinguishing himself as navigator on ANSA's Juno Mars mission, Lieutenant Landon automatically became the prime choice for the Liberty Project. After searching their souls and weighing the sacrifice, John and his wife proudly chose to add the Lieutenant's talents to the mission. His infant son Mike will grow to manhood knowing that his father bravely conquered nothing less than time and space." Landon's personality is closest to that of Arthur Levain in Pierre Boulle's original novel, La Plan├Ęte des singes, but like Levain's colleague, Professor Antelle, Landon is discovered by Taylor alive but incapable of speech. Antelle merely reverted to a primitive state in the company of the native humans while Landon was knocked out in the ape's hunt and had brain surgery before his intelligence could be revealed. The name 'Paul LaFever' is used in the earliest scripts (1964) written by Rod Serling. Serling's script treatment for an Apes TV show followed on somewhat from these scripts, with two astronauts sent to rescue Taylor's crew which included a 28 to 30-year-old man (possibly called 'LaFever') who is found to have died from a gunshot.[2] References ^ Presidential Commission's Briefing Dossier at Hunter's Planet of the Apes Archive ^ Hunter's Planet of the Apes Scripts Archive