A new book celebrating special effects wizard Derek Meddings has been announced.
007 fans best know Meddings for his visual effects and miniature effects contributions on the following six James Bond films: Live and Let Die, The Man with the Golden Gun, The Spy Who Loved Me, Moonraker, For Your Eyes Only and GoldenEye.
Written by Martin Shubrook and Paul Shubrook, Special Effects Superman: The Art And Effects Of Derek Meddings will include more than 300 photographs from the numerous films Meddings worked on and stories from those who worked alongside him. A foreward by Sir Roger Moore will also be included.
After his career in the film industry took flight with Gerry Anderson in 1957, Derek Meddings proceeded to head the effects team and design every major vehicle for the hit British television series, Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet and UFO. When the Anderson studio closed in 1970, Derek moved into movies and headed the effects on over 20 motion pictures.
His effects accolades include; six James Bond films from Roger Moore’s Live and Let Die to Pierce Brosnan’s GoldenEye, Batman, Supergirl, Santa Claus: The Movie and The Neverending Story. Derek Meddings also headed the miniature effects on the first two Superman films and won an Oscar for his achievements on Superman: The Movie.
Special Effects Superman is a tribute to Derek Meddings and his amazing career. The book will include over 300 ‘on set’ photographs from the Meddings family collection and stories from those who worked with Derek throughout his career.
Special Effects Superman: The Art And Effects Of Derek Meddings will be published as a 160-page hardback by Shubrook Bros. Publications on 1 October 2008 and can be pre-ordered online:
The book will retail for £25 in the UK.
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