8 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘Gilligan’s Island’
6. The “Three Hour Tour”
In the original pilot, John Williams, who went on to compose for Star Wars, put together the theme song. One of the most important differences between Williams’ theme song and the one that would go on to be used by the band The Wellingtons are the lyrics. In the first song it says the group were on a “six hour ride,” which was eventually cut to “three hour tour” in the well-known theme song. This is important because many have questioned why they had so many endless resources on the boat for only a three hour trip, but six hours at least makes a little more sense.
5. The Lion Attack
Special effects certainly weren’t what they are today when Gilligan’s Island was filmed, so even the scariest or most dangerous stunts actually had to be done. Much of the cast did their own stunts, and one almost went badly for Bob Denver (Gilligan). During one of the last shots of the week, Denver’s character was supposed to be trying to hide from a lion only to realize the lion was in the hut with him. Unfortunately for Denver, the lion actually lunged at him, and as it happened, the twin beds Denver was standing on split apart and he fell as the lion trainer tackled the lion. Luckily no one was hurt.