William Shatner is 90 – so here’s 90 great lines from the Star Trek films, delivered by him as only he can…

These are quotes of a Star Trek legend… William Shatner’s James T Kirk.

Canadian William Shatner has graced our screens for decades in a variety of roles and is an instantly recognisable star.

He’s also done music, hosted fascinating interviews, written books and put in numerous personal appearances, including his one man show (which I have been privileged to attend).

He devotes a lot of time to charitable work and fundraising.

He’s a horse-mad prolific tweeter and an all-round hugely entertaining guy!

In short – a man of many talents, with many a string to the bow.

Despite this impressive CV I think it’s reasonable to say that the role he’s most well-known for is the one he played in Star Trek.

It’s inescapable really.

And why not?

That alone stands as a wonderful achievement.

Rather than write at length about how great Shatner is as Kirk I thought it would be more fun to mark the actor’s 90th birthday by trawling my mind for 90 quotes from the Star Trek films 1 – 6, from the mouth of the man himself.

I did this to mark the milestone, but also as an experiment to see if I could make it to 90!

These films, it would seem, are indelibly imprinted in my memory and it took little effort in the end to “REMEMBER…”

Fans of Star Trek and entertainment in general will be rejoicing all over the world that Bill Shatner is celebrating his 90th birthday and this is merely an amusing way to mark it for them (and maybe for you too Mr S?)

So, here they are, in no particular order… 90 of the lines that William Shatner delivered so beautifully, as only he can, in the role of Kirk:

“Damn it Bones, I need you. Badly.” Star Trek: The Motion Picture

“Scotty, I need warp speed in three minutes or we’re all dead.” Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

“KHAN! KHAN!” Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

“I hear you. I had to try.” Star Trek III: The Search for Spock

“I hear he’s fruity as a nut cake.” Star Trek III: The Search for Spock

“The word… is no. I am therefore going anyway.” Star Trek III: The Search for Spock

“I… Have had… Enough of YOU!” Star Trek III: The Search for Spock

“Of my friend I can only say this: ‘Of all the souls I have encountered in my travels… his was the most…human.’” Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

“A hero’s welcome, son, is that what you’d like? Well God knows there should be. This time we’ve paid for the party with our dearest blood.” Star Trek III: The Search for Spock

“My God Bones. What have I done?” Star Trek III: The Search for Spock

“This is damned peculiar.” Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

“Khan. I’m laughing at the superior intellect.” Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

“Bones? Bones what the hell are you doing?” Star Trek III: The Search for Spock

“Give up Genesis, she said. What in God’s name does that mean? Give it up to whom?” Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

“Sorry about your crew but, as we say on Earth, ‘c’est la vie’.” Star Trek III: The Search for Spock

“Stop… competing with me, Decker.” Star Trek: The Motion Picture

“It’s his way.” Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

“Into that little room, please.” Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

“I don’t like to lose.” Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

“I don’t believe in a no-win scenario.” Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

“Back in the 60s… I think he did a little too much LDS.” Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

“Mister Scotty… go Sulu!” Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

“We’ve been through death and life together.” Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

“I could use a shower.” Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

“I don’t want my pain taken away. I need my pain.” Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

“I lost a brother once. I was lucky, I got him back.” Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

“Hi Bones. Mind if I drop in for dinner?” Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

“If I hadn’t tried, the cost would have been my soul.” Star Trek III: The Search for Spock

“They say the sea is cold, but the sea contains the hottest blood of all.” Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

“Maybe God’s not out there, Bones… maybe he’s right here, in the human heart.” Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

“Second star to the right… and straight on til morning.” Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. Message, Spock?” Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

“It’s a far, far better thing I do than I have ever done before. A far better resting place that I go to than I have ever known… Something Spock was trying to tell me, on my birthday.” Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

“How do I feel? Old, worn out.” Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

“Young. I feel young.” Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

“Full stop.” Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

“This is an extremely primitive and paranoid culture… Let’s do our job and get out of here.” Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

“That’s double dumb-ass on you.” Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

“No, I’m from Iowa. I only work in outer-space.” Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

“Kirk, Enterprise.” Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

“I lied.” Star Trek III: The Search for Spock

“This entire crew seems on the edge of obsessive behaviour concerning Mr Spock.” Star Trek III: The Search for Spock

“The doors, Mr Scott.” Star Trek III: The Search for Spock

“I can’t get an answer.” Star Trek III: The Search for Spock

“Scotty, we’ll need everything you have.” Star Trek III: The Search for Spock

“Scotty, beam me up.” Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

“You saved the ship. You saved us all. Don’t you remember?” Star Trek III: The Search for Spock

“We’ve got to get those whales out of here before we sink.” Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

“I love Italian… and so do you.” Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

“Bones, I don’t want to be lectured.” Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

“Don’t mince words Bones, what do you really think?” Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

“Is there anything to eat? I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m starved.” Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

“I changed the conditions of the test. Got a commendation for original thinking.” Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

“I’ll say this for him, he’s consistent.” Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

“Excuse me… What does God need with a starship?” Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

“Are you just going to sit there and pluck that thing or are you going to play something?” Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

“You got any more of that secret ingredient, Bones?” Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

“Spock, we’re on leave, you can call me Jim.” Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

“Excuse me, do you mind stopping that damn noise?” Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

“Then, this’ll be your big chance to get away from it all.” Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

“You’re suffering from a Vulcan mind-meld, doctor.” Star Trek III: The Search for Spock

“Calm yourself, doctor.” Star Trek III: The Search for Spock

“I poured myself a drink, would you like it?” Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

“Freeze. Repeat and augment.” Star Trek III: The Search for Spock

“Out there… thataway.” Star Trek: The Motion Picture

“Bones, there’s a thing out there.” Star Trek: The Motion Picture

“Let’s see what she’s got.” Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

“Is that a lot?” Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

“Right, now we’ve got them just where they want us.” Star Trek: The Motion Picture

“I trust you will nursemaid me through these difficulties mister?” Star Trek: The Motion Picture

“A guess? You, Spock? That’s extraordinary.” Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

“We are going to attempt time travel.” Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

“Nobody pays any attention to you unless you swear every other word.” Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

“May fortune favour the foolish.” Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

“You’re not exactly catching us at our best.” Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

“I miss my old chair.” Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

“I’m not a drama critic.” Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

“Galloping around the cosmos is a game for the young, doctor.” Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

“All I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by.” Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

“I intend to recommend you all for promotion, in whatever fleet we end up serving. Best speed to Genesis.” Star Trek III: The Search for Spock

“Come, come, Mr Scott, young minds, fresh ideas… be tolerant.” Star Trek III: The Search for Spock

“Gentlemen… may the wind be at our backs. Stations please.” Star Trek III: The Search for Spock

“What is working around here?” Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

“Uhura, get the medics down here! Get them now!” Star Trek III: The Search for Spock

“Because the needs of the one outweighed the needs of the many.” Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

“Everybody remember where we parked.” Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

“My friends, we’ve come home.” Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

“People can be very frightened of change.” Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

“You’re a great one for logic. I’m a great one for rushing in where angels fear to tread.” Star Trek IV: The Undiscovered Country

“What I have done… I had to do.” Star Trek III: The Search for Spock

…and my favourite of these, if I had to pick one, would be: “This is damned peculiar” from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, delivered deadpan, with a great exasperated mannerism, the kind Kirk displays frequently when about to plunge into the classic Star Trek ‘no-win scenario’.

“Get a life” the actor once infamously said… but these films (and that TV series) are/is just too much fun to ignore.

More on that later no doubt, but for now…

Many happy returns Mr Shatner, we love your work!

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