Sets and vi­o­lence

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Au­thor Peter la­mont

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peter la­mont was one of the most re­spected art di­rec­tors and pro­duc­tion de­sign­ers in movies. Win­ning an Os­car for Ti­tanic, he also worked on the likes of Aliens, True Lies and The Boys From Brazil, along with 18 James Bond films. This book fea­tures the 86-year-old’s rec­ol­lec­tions from Goldfin­ger to Casino Royale (he only missed To­mor­row Never Dies).

La­mont’s mem­ory is keen. He re­calls events from 50-odd years ago, like when he ini­tially feared the Fort Knox he’d built for Goldfin­ger was too big (it turned out fine); a tus­sling Sean Con­nery and pro­ducer Kevin McClory tum­bling into a pool while mak­ing Thun­der­ball; the bul­let hole he painted on the wind­screen for the fi­nal tragic scenes of On Her Majesty’s Se­cret Ser­vice. Rare on-set pho­tos and de­sign sketches lift the prose through­out.

Along with nu­mer­ous vari­ants on “yes it looked like Prague – but it was re­ally Ox­ford­shire!”, there are de­tails on him build­ing Scara­manga’s Golden Gun and how Alka-Seltzer helped make model sub­marines look real. But there are also non-set anec­dotes – like when he nearly died dur­ing a plane hi­jack in In­dia – that make the book more than just a technical man­ual. Rus­sell Lewin

Rare on­set pho­tos lift the prose through­out

La­mont “played” Bond once – for a few sec­onds in Thun­der­ball, when he dou­bled for Con­nery in an un­der­wa­ter se­quence.

The model of the MI6 build­ing in Vaux­hall Cross is prepped for shoot­ing.

Roger Moore with PM Harold Wil­son.

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