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Behind the scenes of GoldenEye, which had the largest amount of miniature work ever for a James Bond film(1995) : movies

Behind the scenes of GoldenEye, which had the largest amount of miniature work ever for a James Bond film(1995) : movies

Derek Meddings was the king of miniature effects, having worked in the 1960s on many of Gerry Anderson’s productions like Thunderbirds, Stingray, Captain Scarlet and more. His team practically invented many of the miniature effects that were used in TV and movies for the next few decades. Thunderbirds particularly was well ahead of its time in terms of special effects, and a lot of the shots in it still hold up today.

He also worked on the Spy Who Loved Me (another James Bond film). His main achievement in that film was creating a convincing supertanker as miniature when hiring one for filming would have cost tens of thousands of dollars at the time to insure. In fact it was so convincing that many people thought that they had managed to fund hiring the tanker. He also worked on, and received acclaim for, Superman (1980), Moonraker(1979) and Batman (1989).

He died shortly before Goldeneye was released from cancer having worked on the film’s special effects with his two sons. The film is dedicated to him, and he was nominated posthumously for the Oscar for best visual effects.

Meddings is one of the reasons that I love and appreciate models and model making. Anyone interested in miniatures and miniature special effects should check out his amazing body of work if they haven’t already.