Derek Meddings Tribute Announced

In conjunction with Fanderson and the The James Bond Collectors Club, The National Museum of Film, Photography and Television will be hosting Bond And Beyond: The Movie Magic of Derek Meddings, a special two-day tribute to special effects and Bond legend Derek Meddings, May 27-28, 2000.

Special discount ticket prices for James Bond Collectors Club members are available. The event at the Museum`s Pictureville Cinema in Bradford, West Yorkshire, will celebrate Mr. Meddings` legacy through screenings of his most popular and best-known work and guest talks by some of his visual effects colleagues.

Meddings, who died in 1995, brought lavish and memorable visual images to the famous Gerry Anderson films and television series and used the miniature model effects he developed on a number of James Bond films. Perhaps most fittingly, shortly before his death he used his industry-legend talents for GoldenEye, a film in which his brilliant model work saved MGM many thousands of dollars in time-consuming computer generated effects work.

The James Bond Collectors Club will display models, costumes and props from the Meddings days. There will also be an extensive display of related Bond memorabilia besides eight of Meddings` most effects-laden movies shown on the big screen, including the Bond films The Spy Who Loved Me, Moonraker, For Your Eyes Only and GoldenEye.

Production designer Peter Lamont and producer Michael G. Wilson are expected to attend, as well as assistant director Elliott Meddings who worked with his father on Batman and GoldenEye. Mr. Meddings will display a collection of his father`s production design illustrations from the Gerry Anderson series and the James Bond films.

For further information and ticket bookings contact the box office of the National Museum of Film, Photography and Television at 01274 202030. For accommodations and transport in the Bradford area, contact the Bradford Tourist Information Centre ar 01274 753678. To join the James Bond Collectors Club or learn more about discounted tickets and opportunities for the Derek Meddings tribute, contact Dave Worrall.

Derek Meddings: A selected filmography
Batman (1989)
Cape Fear (1991)
Doppelganger (1969)
For Your Eyes Only (1981)
GoldenEye (1995)
Krull (1983)
Live and Let Die (1973)
Moonraker (1979)
Shout at the Devil (1976)
Spies Like Us (1985)
Supergirl (1984)
The Man With The Golden Gun (1974)
The NeverEnding Story II (1990)
The NeverEnding Story III (1994)
The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)

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