|Jack Maxsted and Tony Masters (l-r) on That Lucky Touch (1975) set|
Born this day in 1916
Art Direction for Diamonds Are Forever
There was very little I could find about Jack Maxsted and unfortunately, he did not have a bio profile on IMDB. His career spanned four decades, starting in 1939 with Inquest and concluded with Arabian Adventure in 1979. Maxsted worked on a number of high profile movies that included Jason and the Argonauts (1963), Battle of Britain (1969), Papillon (1973), and The Deep (1977). He won an Academy Award in 1972 for Best Art Direction – Set Direction for his work on Nicholas and Alexandra (1971), shared with John Box, Ernest Archer, Gil Parrondo, and Vernon Dixon.
Passed away this day in 1985
Kutze in Thunderball
Born Jiri Pravda in Prague, Czechoslovakia in 1918, Pravda has an interesting story. He used false papers in order to leave the Soviet bloc after the conclusion of World War II. He was able to obtain a letter of introduction, which led Pravda to settle in London in 1956. He performed on stage as well as television and film. Looking through his filmography, he appeared in several spy oriented vehicles. And, as I have come across with a few other individuals spotlighted in Bond 365, Pravda acted in Doctor Who franchise as well as the Eon Productions franchise.