- "Whatever happens, secrecy must be maintained at all costs."
— Scott Tracy
Because the technology at International Rescue is so insanely advanced that it could be dangerous in the wrong hands, the organisation keeps itself secret. Disallowing the public to take pictures of them, or their Thunderbirds, is one of the ways they do it. Sometimes, the situation leaves them with little choice but to resort to extreme force. This page is a list of the attempts made by various people (most of all The Hood) to photograph International Rescue.
The Hood's Attempt at London AirportEdit
Through his psychic rapport with his half-brother, Kyrano, the Hood learns that International Rescue is ready to begin operations. Plotting to lure the International Rescue craft, he straps a bomb to the landing gear of the atomic-powered airliner Fireflash.
When Thunderbird 1 arrives at London Airport, the Hood disguised as a police officer takes photographs of TB1's interior. Spotted by the rocket plane's Automatic Camera Detector - which triggers an alarm at Scott's Mobile Control Centre - he then flees, chased by the airport police, but they lose him on the M.1. Scott calls in Lady Penelope Creighton-Ward, who takes up the pursuit in her pink Rolls-Royce (FAB 1). On a quiet stretch of motorway, FAB 1's grille-mounted machine gun blows the Hood's car off the road, and his pictures are ruined as the car crashes down an embankment.
Ned Cook's AttemptEdit
Following a rescue mission involving Thunderbirds 1 and 2 putting out a fire at an oil well, Scott's departure is delayed when he detects journalist Ned Cook and his cameraman Joe filming the rescue nearby. While Virgil departs in Thunderbird 2, Scott pursues Ned's jeep and erases the film, acknowledging that Ned was just doing his job but stating that the organization must preserve its secrets.
The Hood's Attempt in The Mighty AtomEdit
The Hood (disguised as Professor Langley) was invited to attend a demonstration of the "Mighty Atom" - a sophisticated camera, in the guise of an ordinary mouse - at a Government research unit. Using his hypnotic powers to overcome the demonstrator (Professor Holden) and the other guests, he stole the device, intent on using it to photograph the control room of the new Saharan Atomic Station.
He then plans to lure International Rescue to the scene, by setting off a fire similar to an earlier fire at an Australian atomic station - and using the Mighty Atom to photograph the control cabins of the Thunderbirds.
After Thunderbird 2 arrives, the Hood sends in his "little friend" to photograph its controls. Later on, though, back at his temple, he discovers to his fury that the robotic mouse has instead taken pictures of TB2's passenger, screaming at it! The robotic mouse's programming had caused it to focus on photographing a moving figure (Lady Penelope, who had begged Jeff Tracy to let her go along on the rescue), rather than the immobile control systems.
In anger, the Hood then destroys the device.
The Hood's Attempt in Martian InvasionEdit
However, Scott and Virgil learn that he'd been filming the rescue; and they pursued him to recover the film, which couldn't be erased through other means. They eventually managed to stop him in his Jeep when TB2 triggered a strategic landslide. With the road now blocked, The Hood was forced to abandon his vehicle and escaped on foot into the trees...
The Hood was then able to steal a plane - one that (unfortunately, for him) had been scheduled for repairs, and that he had little experience in flying. It crashed into the house of his current contact, 'General X', and the film was apparently destroyed in the resulting fire.