MI6 has a preview of the new book "Special Effects Superman" featuring the art & effects of Derek Meddings, including rare behind the scenes Bond stills...

The Art & Effects of Derek Meddings
4th May 2008

Special Effects Superman
The Art and Effects of Derek Meddings

Features: "The Spy Who Loved Me", "Moonraker", "Goldeneye", "Live And Let Die", "Superman", "Superman II", "Batman", "Supergirl", "Santa Claus: The Movie", and "The Neverending Story"

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.

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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".

Above: The crew work on a model of Kananga before his explosion

"Special Effects Superman" is a tribute to Derek Meddings and his amazing career. The book will include over 400 ‘on set’ photographs from the Meddings family collection and contributions from those who worked with Derek throughout his career, including a foreword by Sir Roger Moore.

Above: Stromberg's Atlantis lair is brought down to size

Binding: Hardback
Pages: 160
Dimensions: 290mm x 250mm
R.R.P: £25
Released: 1st October 2008
Publisher: www.meddingsbook.com

Images courtesy MeddingsBook.com