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MI6 chatted to Shane Rimmer, who has appeared in
three James Bond films, about his best known role
as Captain Carter from "The Spy Who Loved Me"...
Shane Rimmer Interview (1)
8th July 2004
MI6 chatted to Shane Rimmer, who has appeared in three James
Bond films, about his best known role as Captain Carter from "The
Spy Who Loved Me"...
Above: Shane Rimmer.
Can you tell us how you landed the
role in "The Spy Who Loved Me"?
Well a lot of these roles come by audition, meeting the
Director and if your face happens to fit. Usually by the
time they arrive there they have got all their support actors
in place. You not only have to do your part but you have
to fit in with whatever the cast they’ve got assembled
at that time. Eon Productions are a good company to work
with and are very loyal. Once you’ve done one, there
is certainly the possibility to do others, but they don’t
always happen. I ended up with three, which is OK! But it’s
such a huge production that you don’t know if they
are shooting another scene somewhere else on the same floor.
It’s such a big operation you really don’t know
what is going on most of the time.
Where did you shoot your scenes for this film?
The Bond pictures were all shot in the studio, well my particular
parts in them. But they were spread out all over the place with
several units. The scenes that I was involved with were all studio
scenes at Pinewood.
Do you have any fond memories from
Well I remember almost getting killed when they over did
an explosion near me! It must have been a young guy trying
to get his credentials overnight to become a star!
After the ceiling started to come down I just followed
Roger as I knew if anybody was going to get out of there
safe - he was. I was almost piggybacking him getting out
of there, a lot of the extras were just lying there. They
were told just before the shot, don’t move till you
get word from 2nd Director, and they didn’t!
Half a dozen or so had to be treated for pretty bad burns;
it was quite a terrible situation.
Above: A rare shot of Shane Rimmer playing
Seth Harper in an early Dr. Who episode entitled "The
How many days of shooting where there
For ‘The Spy’ it must have been over in a couple
of months, not every day, they shot more in sequence in
those days, so if that sequence was finished or almost finished
you would have to stand by until the next one you were in.
Can you remember if any of your scenes turned out differently
in the final cut than you expected?
I can’t remember that any of my scenes were cut, maybe
trimmed down a little bit. Sometimes you get a bit of a
shock when you see the ‘rush’ and you though
something that was pretty good, ain’t anymore. So
it’s all down to the editor, because they are seeing
it from the total perspective, whether you like it or not.
Your bit might be cut. I can’t think of a scene that
was totally left out, but it’s happened in other pictures.
Left: Shane Rimmer also appeared in "You
Only Live Twice" and "Diamonds Are Forever".
Your scenes featured a lot of dialog with Roger Moore. What
was it like working with him?
Well Roger, was the luckiest actor in the world, he was doing
something he loved to do. He was going to end up with a pot of
money, maybe another house somewhere. A lead actor can either
make a film or break it. Roger was tremendously helpful and charming,
he must have been a Director’s greatest friend. There was
never any kind of controversy, when Roger was involved. He liked
to tease the Director occasionally, I can’t think of a particular
instant, he just kept things moving in good spirits and never
took things too seriously.
How were you involved in the Bond series?
An actor in three Bond films.
What was your first ever Bond experience?
Seeing it on TV.
What did you think of the last film, "Die Another
I’m one of those prehistory people who like the early
Bond films, it seems that the last film is crammed with
lots of things we’ve seen before.
What is your favourite Bond film?
Who is your favourite Bond?
Hard to say between Connery and Moore…
Which Bond girl should come back?
Pussy Galore, she really stands out.
What is your favourite Bond moment from the series?
The parachute jump with Union Jack.
Name: Shane Rimmer
"You Only Live Twice" - Hawaii Radar Operator
"Diamonds Are Forever" - Tom
"The Spy Who Loved Me" - Captain Carter,
Many thanks to Shane Rimmer.
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