Friday, May 8, 2015

Birthday Boys Rudkin, Penn, Chisholm, and Butler….Day 128 of Bond 365

Leonard Cathrow Rudkin or L.C. Rudkin
Born this day in 1908
Production Manager for Dr. No and Goldfinger

Londoner L.C. (Leonard Cathrow) Rudkin got his start as an assistant director for The Proud Valley in 1940. He shifted over to managing productions in 1948 with Against the Wind. In all, he led the production of 26 films, through 1972.

Sean Connery via Bob Penn, 1982
Bob Penn
Born this day in 1925
Still Photographer for On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, The Man with the Golden Gun, The Spy Who Loved Me, Never Say Never Again

I believe that Englishman Bob Penn is the second still photographer to appear in Bond 365 (the first being Bunny Yeager). He entered the film industry in 1940 however his first IMDB credit is My Learned Friend (1943). He worked on four Bond films (Eon and non-Eon Productions), but he also worked on the first three of four Alien films. He worked on a special magazine assignment to photograph Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983).

Looking through the photos that I could find, Penn took on set photos. Some captured scenes from the movie we would have seen, but Penn had also taken photos of the various actors that look like they were taken in a studio. He had a wonderful eye for capturing the beauty (or handsomeness) of the actors and composition of a film scene that documents production moments.

Bond's Attache Case, From Russia With Love
John Chisholm
Born this day in 1935
Prop Man for Dr. No, From Russia With Love, Goldfinger, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, Diamonds Are Forever, Live and Let Die, The Man with the Golden Gun, The Spy Who Loved Me, Moonraker, For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy, A View to a Kill, GoldenEye, The World Is Not Enough
Property Manager for Thunderball

Like the others on today’s list, there was little information that I could find on John Chisholm, who hailed from Glasgow, Scotland. Chisholm worked on 15 Bond films across three James Bond eras. Of course, I think of all the various gadgets associated with the Bond character. There are so many, but I would say that Bond’s Aston Martin always stands out for me as well as his attaché case in From Russia With Love. What’s your favorite?

Richard E Butler, Stunts and Actor
Richard E. Butler
Born this day in 1936
Stunt Double for Diamonds Are Forever

American born stunt man only worked on one Bond film, however he had dozens of stunt credits in television and film. Of particular interest and probably the most grueling include: The Towering Inferno (1974), Jaws (1975), Superman (1978), Independence Day (1983), Commando (1985), Total Recall (1990), Universal Soldier (1992), The Rock (1996), Con Air (1997), and Inferno (1998). Butler also completed stunts on a low budget favorite, the Maniac Cop series. His filmography reads like a who’s who of movies both in front of and behind the camera.

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