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james bond

My grandfather worked on Goldfinger (1964) and Thunderball (1965), two of the earlier movies starring Sean Connery as James Bond. He may have worked on others, but these are the only ones we have photographic evidence for.

GOLDFINGER (Guy Hamilton, 1964) - my grandfather built the model of the U.S. Bullion Depository at Fort Knox used in the film. This is the only photograph we have from this production (picture shown at right).



Fort Knox bullion depository model - Goldfinger - click for larger image
Fort Knox bullion depository model, Goldfinger
Click for larger image


THUNDERBALL (Terence Young, 1965) - Much of the location filming for Thunderball took place in the Bahamas, in and around Nassau. The photos below feature the Vulcan Bomber mockup, and also what we believe to be the Disco Volante. The Vulcan appears to have been life-size, and featured in the film when it was hijacked by SPECTRE agents, who stole two atomic bombs to hold NATO to ransom. Click on the photos to see larger versions.

Vulcan Bomber mockup from Thunderball
Vulcan Bomber mockup under construction, unpainted
Vulcan Bomber mockup from Thunderball
Vulcan Bomber mockup with Air Force livery
William Creighton and Vulcan Bomber mockup from Thunderball
My grandfather and the Vulcan Bomber mockup
Disco Volante from Thunderball
Believed to be Disco Volante minus rear section
Disco Volante rear section from Thunderball
Believed to be Disco Volante rear section at left of photo
Nassau harbour location
Nassau harbour location
Nassau harbour location
Nassau harbour location
Nassau harbour location
Nassau harbour location

Grateful thanks to Mark Thomas for working some Photoshop magic on the colour photo scans! Some of the prints have not survived the years too well, suffering burnout and general colour issues.

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