MI6 gained exclusive access to the Sideshow Collectibles
studio and talked to the creatives behind the James
Bond Legacy Collection and Roger Moore ¼ scale
Inside The Sideshow Studio
14th May 2007
MI6 gained exclusive access to the Sideshow
Collectibles studio and talked to the creatives behind the James
Bond Legacy Collection and Roger
Moore ¼ scale figures. MI6 was joined by Heath
Hammond (Sideshow's 3D Development Manager), Quoc Ha (Sideshow’s
Graphic Arts Manager) and Oluf W. Hartvigson (Sculptor).
James Bond Legacy Collection
How did the idea for this new Legacy Collection series come
Heath - Back when we found out that there would be a new
James Bond movie coming up ('Casino Royale') and that there would
a brand new actor chosen to play 007, our team came up with the
idea to create an updated line of Bond figures featuring the
score of talented actors who have brought the secret agent to
life throughout the years. Sideshow's
Legacy Collection 12-inch figures celebrate the essence of the franchise and bring to mind
the iconic sophistication of the character, as delivered to the
screen by each unique individual who has played the super spy,
Sean Connery through Pierce Brosnan.
As a way to set this line apart from our previous James Bond
12-inch figures (and to celebrate the new film) each figure comes
with a unique, actor-specific poker chip, as well as all new
costumes and packaging that evoke the classic elegance for which
Bond is most well-known. The Legacy Collection is great for new
Bond collectors who may have missed out on some of our older
releases, as well as for long-time collectors who have been craving
a re-fresh for their 007 display.
How did you select the accessories for
- We approached the accessories for the Legacy Collection
from an angle that would bring to mind the very
essence of James Bond – not necessarily scene-specific,
but character driven. The pistols, the martini glasses,
the watches, and of course the unique, actor-specific poker
chips all evoke the myth of 007 and commemorate the 40-plus
successful years of the franchise.
How does the packaging differ from
past Bond figures?
- The Legacy Collection packaging will not have any photos
or film-specific text, as seen on Sideshow's past
Bond releases. To stick to the theme of this entire collection,
the packaging for each figure evokes the clean, classic
elegance of the James Bond franchise, with its brushed
metal colouring and dark bullet-rifling detail, and the
text is the same on each, which pays tribute the franchise
as a whole.
There is also a die-cut on the front flap
so that each actor's
unique poker chip accessory can be viewed without opening
Can you explain how each of the characters costumes was chosen?
Heath - For the costuming on the Legacy Collection Bond figures, we wanted to
really get back to the roots of the super spy - that prestigious, upper-scale
look for which he's really known. Rather than create scene-specific costumes,
we approached the design from a more character-specific viewpoint - we wanted
to capture that well-tailored, suave and sophisticated 'Bond' look that each
actor pulled off in his own way. The team looked at each movie and really made
an effort to choose costumes that evoked that particular actor as Bond: for
Sean Connery's white tuxedo and Roger Moore's bowtie.
Above: Oluf W. Hartvigson (Sculptor),
Heath Hammond (Sideshow's 3D Development Manager), and Quoc
Graphic Arts Manager)
Roger Moore ¼ Scale Premium Format Figure
Can you talk us through your product life cycle form
start to end and how your involvement has changed since working
earlier 1:4 scale figures?
Oluf - The one thing that has changed though is the amount of
work I do on the body. With the Brosnan Premium Format, I did
work on the body parts that were covered by the clothing. On
the Roger Moore
Premium Format, I received a rough body (less
the portrait, hands and shoes) which was kind of in the pose,
it and added more "human form and gesture" to the arms
The design team wanted a more dynamic pose for Moore, and it seemed appropriate
to get more organic with the structure underneath the tux. I send loads of
images of my progress throughout the sculpting process so we can discuss
generally have an open dialog, as if they were able to breeze over to my studio
and check things out personally.
How did you come to be working on the 1:4 scale
Oluf - It is always exciting when the Sideshow design
and wants to check on interest to sculpt new projects.
When they called about the Bond line again and asked whether
wanted to do the PF Moore, let's just say the ball didn't
even bounce once before I jumped on it.
What was the main difference between working on Pierce
Brosnan and Roger Moore?
Oluf - The biggest difference
between the two Premium Format figures that I’ve
worked on is that I had
sculpted Roger Moore's portrait before for the Bond line
of 12-inch figures.
I always enjoy going back to earlier
sculpts and having another go at them in a new scale.
Roger Moore starred in seven Bond films, which film does
the figure most resemble to you? Which film comes to mind
first when you think of Roger Moore?
Oluf - I think the portrait most resembles him in "The
Man with the Golden Gun," which happens to be the film
that first comes to mind when I think of Roger Moore.
Any other classic Bond figures that you will you be working
on in the near future?
I really can't say...such things are top secret!
What do you think of new 007 - Daniel Craig? Would you like
to produce a Craig figure?
Oluf - Daniel Craig is brilliant as Bond. "Casino Royale" is
by far my favourite Bond film (for now). I would love to get
the nod to work on a Daniel Craig figure. The smaller portraits
faster and allow for resolving the likeness faster, so I would
hope I could sculpt a 12-inch portrait and perhaps at a later
date sculpt a Premium Format figure, if that’s in the cards.
Falls Interview - Sculpting 007
Interview - Character & Costume Design
W. Hartvigson Interview - Sculpting 007
Interview - Sean Connery Figures
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