THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN EYE
Sets and violence
released OUT NOW! 176 pages | Hardback
Author Peter lamont
Publisher signum Books
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.