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I've watched this movie countless times and it's always great to me, a true classic. Orders of magnitude better than the 1984 sequel, 2010: The Year We Made Contact. Damn good book, but they destroyed the story in the movie.
This week was the 50th anniversary of the movie premiering, and it broke many of the stereotypes of science fiction. It was not a "B movie," didn't have a shoe string budget, the plot line and script were excellent, up and coming actors (if not "A list") were cast in the roles. They had to spend a fortune on models as computer generated special effects were not even a pipe dream at that time. But if you watch this short interview with the actors, there are many items we take for granted today that this movie, in the late 1960s, forecast, like tablet computers and Skype.
There is no doubt this movie inspired other movie makers, such as a young George Lucas, who would write a movie for a generation growing up without heroes.
If you want a few more stills of the movie, this article from SF Gate is great.
Have a great weekend!