Godzilla, King of the Monsters (1998)

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Godzilla, King of the Monsters
The title card for Godzilla, King of the Monsters
Producer Nick Freand Jones
Distributor BBCUK
Running time 40 minutes

Godzilla, King of the Monsters is a 1998 BBC documentary on Godzilla's history and the character's allegorical meaning. In a pre-title sequence, Godzilla rampages through London, tearing off the top of Big Ben and targeting the Television Centre (then the BBC's headquarters) with his atomic breath. It first aired on July 11, 1998, six days before GODZILLA premiered in the United Kingdom. Though never released on home video, interviewee Tony Luke uploaded an 480p archive copy to YouTube on April 20, 2014.

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Main article: Godzilla, King of the Monsters (documentary)/Credits.

Staff role on the left, staff member's name on the right.

  • Produced by   Nick Freand Jones
  • Cinematography by   Mark Molesworth, Roger De Giacomi, Tony Bragg
  • Edited by   Jan Deas, Nick Carroll



Main article: Godzilla, King of the Monsters (documentary)/Gallery.


Tony Luke interviewed about Godzilla on BBC Breakfast TV, two days before the documentary premiered
The full documentary


  • Godzilla, King of the Monsters erroneously credits Haruo Nakajima with playing Godzilla from 1954 to 1975; his final film as the character was 1972's Godzilla vs. Gigan.
  • Tony Luke erroneously states that Godzilla destroyed Tokyo Tower in his original film; the structure would not be completed until 1958.
  • In his YouTube upload of the documentary, Luke states that Jun Fukuda "[sneaked] the [BBC] camera crew onto Toho's backlot," presumably to shoot behind-the-scenes footage of Rebirth of Mothra 3, which had yet to be released when the documentary premiered.


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