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Old 02-10-2007, 11:36 PM   #1
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Default Derek Meddings' Film Work

I'm currently suffering from a chest infection, so don't feel up to doing much. I got very bored yesterday, so nipped out and rented some Bond films. First up was The Spy Who Loved Me. Some absolutely fantastic miniature work by Derek Meddings and his team. In some instances, the models are obvious (mainly anything that involves water), but there are plenty of shots that take two looks for you to realise that you are looking at miniatures.

The miniature work really heightened my enjoyment of what is a silly, but highly entertaining Bond film. I've seen it countless times before, but this was the first time on DVD and on my 61" TV, so this occasion I could really appreciate Meddings' hard work.

I think I will now hunt out more Bond movies that Meddings worked on.
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Old 03-10-2007, 12:50 AM   #2
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Don't forget Superman 1 and 2 - some of his best work in those movies. And it's mainly his effects that are the only reason for watching Moonraker !
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Old 03-10-2007, 04:18 AM   #3
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Yeah, if I'm not mistaken, in Moonraker the shots of the shuttle launches were done without any references to actual shuttle launches - there hadn't been any by that point. All the same, they look utterly realistic.

Having watched the extras for The Spy Who Loved Me, I see that Meddings also handled full-scale gags like the car crashing into the roof of a house and the Lotus shooting off the end of the jetty. Was there no end to the man's abilities?

Conversely, he also worked on Batman, and I think the miniature work in that film is of a low standard. I can only assume he was working on other aspects of the production, and the miniature work was given to someone else.
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I thought the only really poor minatures bit was the crashing of the Batwing. but I haven't watched it for quite a while.
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Never been too sure exactly what Derek did on Batman. Haven't seen it for a while, but I seem to remember the explosion of the factory near the beginning being pretty impressive, and the heightening to the Pinewood backlot sets being his work as well. Possibly towards the end of the film the miniatures lost something though. Effects to meet a tight deadline ?

Referring to his work on the Spy Who Loved Me, Derek's training with Les Bowie obviously stood him in good stead, Les's philosophy being that an effects man should be able to handle any type of effect - usually with three alternative means to achieve the desired result.
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Old 03-10-2007, 12:00 PM   #6
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I can't remember if it was a tin of diet Coke or WD-40 but whatever it was, it got accidentally left on the Batwing crash model set by someone who should know better and the tin can be seen in the movie. Here's a clue to the guilty party who went on to direct the model effects on Casino Royale.

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And for the clueless among us, this is....?
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Old 03-10-2007, 12:08 PM   #8
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http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0003445/
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Old 03-10-2007, 12:11 PM   #9
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Ah, thank you.
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That's quite a CV and a great photo too JD
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Or "ahem" DX "ahem" !
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Yeah, nice pic JD.

You really aren't firing on all thrusters today are you Tony?
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Hardly any ...s**t Hey, nice CV there DX
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I hope you didn't think I thought that the CV belonged to JD everyone... it was a very long day.... .... I just didn't know it was DX. What I shou... oh forget it, you know what I mean...
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Old 04-10-2007, 08:42 AM   #15
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Hang on, just to be perfectly clear. The CV is not mine. The pic and CV belong to Steve Begg who Air Terrainean and I know very well. By coincidence, Steve sent the picture to me under the title of Begg Buggers Batwing. He was also friends with Derek having worked with him a couple of times on Batman and Goldeneye. We were going to make him the pilot in the cockpit of the Skyfleet airliner in Casino Royale but he chickened out at the last minute. I don't think it was a career breaking decision.
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Old 04-10-2007, 09:03 AM   #16
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Oh, the day is getting even longer... ok well he has a nice CV then (which is actually what I thought in the first place, but it all began to blurr etc)

So back to, that's a cool picture JD
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Oh, the day is getting even longer... ok well he has a nice CV then (which is actually what I thought in the first place, but it all began to blurr etc)

So back to, that's a cool picture JD
Oh yeah, I've days just like that, Tony.
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I think some of Meddings' finest work was the MiG-29 jet fighter sequence in 'Goldeneye'. Utterly convincing yet atmospheric.
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Very true. Some seamlessly imtegrated work in that movie. For Your Eyes Only also features some very subtle work.
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Or did I mean integrated ? !
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