Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Beddoes and Crampton Make Second Appearance….Day 118 of Bond 365

It’s a bit light today given that both individuals have been featured in Bond 365. Both were artists in their own way: Ivor Beddoes a sketch artist who worked on several popular films such as Star Wars and Stanley Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon. I admire his talent and vision – it’s a skill I wish I possessed.

The other artist, Gerry Crampton, was an artist of stunts. Yes, I sincerely believe there is artistry to stunts – from choreography to execution. Again, there is the need for vision, expertise and attention to detail, especially since one’s life is on the line. I don’t know if starting at 30 years old is late, but he managed to jam 83 stunt credits in a forty-year span. He was still working at the age of 77 as a stunt coordinator!

Ivor Beddoes, BFI photo
The Bond family and story would not be the same without Beddoes and Crampton and many other lesser-known individuals who worked on film or twenty. Thanks to all those people, in front of and behind the camera, for making Bond experience that much more exciting and memorable.

Gerry Crampton, 1956
Ivor Beddoes
Born this day in 1909
Sketch Artist for Diamonds Are Forever

Back on March 14, I did a lengthy entry on Ivor Beddoes to mark his passing in 1981.

Gerry Crampton
Born this day in 1930
Stunts for Dr. No, From Russia With Love, Goldfinger, You Only Live Twice, Diamonds Are Forever, The Spy Who Loved Me, A View to a Kill

And, back on Day 24, I spotlighted Gerry Crampton’s passing in 2009.

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