Media | 1970 | Sound | Colour
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James Bond set and open day at Pinewood Film Studio open day in August 1977. Includes behind the scenes shots of Roger Moore, Barbara Bach, Cubby Brocolli and Lewis Gilbert during the making of the film The Spy Who Loved Me.
A clapperboard saying Location: Pinewood Film studio, Open Day. Scene 1, Take 2, Date 23.7.77, Camera Paul Kavanagh – we see a hand about to mark the scene with the clapper – trees visible in the background – a verbal ident is given. We see out of the front windscreen of a car and are travelling on a road approaching Pinewood Film Studios – the Pinewood sign is visible on the left and a sign for Pinewood Service station is on the right – a large 1970’s car passes us on the road and the voice over tells us we are in for another day of make believe at the film studios – the car turns into the circular forecourt of the studios and we see a gabled half timbered building to our right, and a very large saloon car exits as we drive through the archway underneath the half timbered building to enter the studios proper – a barrier rises to let us through and now we see various 1970’s cars parked and moving about with buildings of a rural aspect in the background. A shot of the large hangar type buildings of the studios shot from above. A interior pack shot showing glass shelving on which we see books about the movies and a statuette of a movie camera – we are told that the Pinewood studios were transformed from a mansion in 1935 and soon came under the directorship of J.Arthur Rank. A close up shot of the base of the film camera statuette which tilts up to show the camera. Now we are outside and we see a female peering down the eyepiece of a large film camera with the magazines mounted on top – the camera rises up on a dolly and we see the word “Panavision” on the camera – another person comes into shot chatting with the woman behind the camera – we then see there are three people mounted on the crane which continues to rise up – other crew members are seen below as the crane continues upwards in front of the main old mansion of Pinewood with its white Georgian façade. We see a good view of the façade of the mansion with flat roofed extension and move downwards in time to see members of the public walk over to enter the building – the voice over tells us that it is an Open Day at Pinewood. Crowds, including children, are see wandering on am outdoor film set which looks as though it is depicting a South American village. Another shot of the set with clay pantile roof and dilapidated village buildings. More people milling around the set – 1970’s fashions in evidence. Now another part of the set with an ornate colonnade – we pull out to see a corner of a street set . Another part of the street is shown – a reconstructed High Street with flat roofed buildings and shops. A group of people are seen looking into a shop front with the words J. Hodson and Co. above the door – traditional jazz music is playing. We see the shop again and this time can see that these are flats with no interior. We see a large sign saying 007 Stage and a revolver logo hanging on the side of a corrugated metal building – the voice-over tells us that Pinewood is famous for the James Bond films – James Bond music starts to play. We now see the huge James Bond stage at Pinewood from the outside surrounded by cars and portions of sets. Inside, we see a water tank in which full size submarines are parked. We now see the film camera which is filming this scene with technicians gathered around it - we are told the stage cost a million pounds to build – the director of the film, Lewis Gilbert, is looking down the eyepiece of the camera and then turns and discusses something with a technician. A shot of the three submarines in the water tank of the James Bond set of The Spy Who Loved Me (1977). Roger Moore is seen sitting in his canvas backed chair watching proceeding and we also see Albert R. Broccoli otherwise known as Cubby Broccoli – the producer of the Bond films, in the background. A close up of Barbara Bach, Bond girl in the Spy Who Loved Me. Now we see Roger Moore, Barbara Bach and Cubby Broccoli sitting chatting together on the set. A general shot of the technicians milling around Another view of the set. A cameraman in a parka sits behind a film camera – other technicians stand about and the shot pans over to see submariners standing on top of one of the submarines. Another shot of the submarine bay in the Bond stage. A good angle from behind a film camera with the word “Panavision” seen on top of the film magazine – a technician with a clapperboard is marking the scene. We see the camera move forward on a dolly , approaching men sitting in a futuristic set, dressed in boilersuits. We see the film’s baddie, Curd Jurgens, (Curt Jurgens), the actor who played Carl Stromberg in the film – he is sitting behind a futuristic console.
We see actors coming up in a futuristic glass lift – they emerge and we see they are Roger Moore and Barbara Bach – under arrest by the baddies in the film. They are marched round the futuristic headquarters of Carl Stromberg. Another view of the submarine bay on the 007 set. Two actors are seen in the control tower of the submarine as a glass lift rises up behind, the submarine moves forward and we see the whole set.
Now we are outside and we see a model ship on a lake. We see a row of men with remote controls guiding the ship which we are told becomes a full sized ship in the film. Another view of the model boat – it’s bow drops down and a tank is seen on board – the bow door closes again. A model speed boat is driven across the path of the larger boat and we are told the boats can appear bigger on film when the action is slowed down. We see a view of the boating lake with many people lined up along the perimeter as the boats move about on the water. We see crowds of people attending Pinewood’s Open Day milling around the grounds. We see a wrecked hull of a boat with crowds behind it. We see the deck of a boat which is being explored by families and children. One young boy is seen coming down the metal stairs on the boat and as the shot widens we see that the boat is really not a boat at all but a mock-up constructed around scaffolding. Next a shot of a crashed aeroplane is seen. A mini flying saucer type object. Half a glass globe of the world showing Central and North America. A shot of the grounds at Pinewood with a large crowd milling about on a very sunny day – the globe and the flying saucer can be seen in the background and we can also see 1970’s models of cars parked in the yard. A young boy walks up to a large boulder and picks it up easily – it being made from polystyrene – he holds it above his head as crowds watch. Next a young boy with curly hair, wearing shorts has picked up a large hammer and is about to beat the Rank gong. We see the hammer beating the gong. A modelled gorilla head is seen. Then crowds walking along a corridor in the studios where costumes are on display. We see the costume worn by someone who played Marshall Goering in a war film – a full Nazi uniform complete with Iron Cross etc., Next we see a dress worn by Raquel Welch in the film, The Prince and the Pauper – it is a brocade gown in 18th century style. Now we see a photograph of Raquel Welch herself wearing the same costume in the film. A poster board is seen carrying photographs of actors who appeared in a Bridge Too Far and then next to it we see one of the British army costumes worn during that film. Outside, a plaster statue of a Greek goddess carrying an upturned amphora – then we see that, below her are two Greek figures, also modelled in plaster, supporting her as she stands on a fountain. A view looking down at milling crowds – we see a cross with a crucified figure on it propped up against the wall of a building, In a workshop we see a woman putting the finishing touches to a modelled Greek figure wearing a toga. We see her smearing plaster onto the thigh of the statue. A group of plaster statuettes, all classical in nature – one looks Egyptian but there is also a statue of a dog and a bust which looks like it is of Queen Victoria. We see a technician lifting a modelled figure out of a mould – it is another nude figure from antiquity. We see the technician lifting what is a latex model out of its mould and examining it. Now we see some boulders with steam coming out as if from a volcano and then see that it is part of a modelled set of a rocky place with a masted ship moored between icebergs – a model biplane flies over the ship and we see a banner saying The People that Time forgot above the whole scene. We see the whole set, including a dinosaur is mounted on a trailer which is being viewed by a few dozen people during the Open Day. A poster saying “now in production for Rank Film Distributors – Wombling Free with the Wombles” and a drawing of the Wombles including Uncle Bulgaria and Madame Jolet. Children gather around a set where Lionel Jeffries is working on the Wombles film for children – we see a brass bedstead in the foreground. Lionel Jeffries in close up wearing open necked shirt and red cardigan. We see one of the Wombles with children clamouring behind for his autograph. A show cabinet filled with three Oscars. A shot of the whole cabinet filled with more awards. Another shot of the Oscars ends the film.
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