Monday, February 23, 2015

All About Dr. No….Day 54 of Bond 365

John Kitzmiller (Wikipedia)
John Kitzmiller
Passed away this day in 1965
Quarrel in Dr. No

John Kitzmiller was born in Battle Creek, Michigan in 1913. He earned a degree in engineering before serving in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was part of the troops that liberated Italy at the end of the war. He received the Victory Medal as a result of his service in the armed forces.

After the war, he stayed in Italy and began a career in acting. His first role came in 1947 as Joe in the film To Live in Peace. His last role before his death was Uncle Tom in Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1965) and he had 50+ credits to his name. In 1957, he won a Cannes Festival Acting Award for his role in Dolina miru (trans. Valley of Peace).

Unfortunately, he passed away at the young age of 51 because of a liver ailment. He was married to Dusia Bejic at the time of his death.

Don Wortham
Passed away this day in 2007
Boom Operator for Dr. No

Don Wortham’s IMDB profile lists 39 sound credits to his name. He had a lengthy career that started in 1948’s When You Come Home (UK) and concluded in 1989 on the television series The Endless Game (UK). In addition to his work on Dr. No (1962), he worked with Stanley Kubrick on Lolita (1962) and 2001: A Space Odyssey, with David Lean on Lawrence of Arabia (1962), with Irvin Kershner on Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980), and with Tim Burton on Batman (1989). He also worked with Jim Henson on three of his films: The Great Muppet Caper (1981), The Dark Crystal (1982), and Labyrinth (1986).

Since I could not find any pictures of Wortham, let’s take a look at one of the films he worked on, Lawrence of Arabia, which had an all-star cast and a Bond alum or two to boot.

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