Chris Corbould (Special Effects Coordinator)
Name: Chris Corbould
Date of Birth: c. 1959
Place of Birth:
Years active: 1977-present
Profession: Miniature effects supervisor, special effects technician, special effects assistant, senior technician
Bond films: 13
Also famous for: Batman Begins (2005)
Since age 17 Chris Corbould has been involved in making
on-screen magic. He served an apprenticeship with the Bond
team as early as "The Spy
Who Loved Me" and was hired again for the action-packed "Moonraker" -
working with Derek
Meddings to craft some amazing outer-space sequences in
It was not until 1980 that Corbould received his first on-screen credit as part of the special effects department for Martin Amis' "Saturn 3". The little remembered sci-fi adventure set Corbould in good stead for working on bigger productions, including "Superman II", "Superman III" and cult classic, "Krull".
He has become prominent beyond Bond, keeping
up a high-profile active career as a special effects master away
from his 007 duties. Now, Corbould is a famous face on the set
of some of Hollywood's biggest and most loved franchises: James
Bond, Superman, Batman and Lara Croft. This was not always the
case and from time to time Corbould longs for some anonymity, explaining
that he feels the audience will find his work more magical if they
do not know of him and his on-set duties.
As time goes on, Corbould's miniatures grow
larger and larger. Compared to the modest space scenes for
"Moonraker", the Venetian house that Corbould and his team 'sink'
in the 2006
Royale" was a forty foot scale model. It was so convincing
it fooled many reviews in to thinking the sequence was CGI.
Corbould and his team were have been nominated
for an Academy Award for their work on "The Dark Knight".
He has been on the receiving end of six BAFTA award nominations
for his work on "GoldenEye", "The
Begins", "Casino Royale", "The
Dark Knight" and "Quantum
He recently worked with Christopher Nolan
again (famed for the "Batman" reboot) on "Inception" -
a thriller starring Leonardo DiCaprio - released in 2010.
Above: Corbould was largely responsible for recreating the impressive fall of a house in Venice for "Casino Royale" (2006).
Saturn Award: Best Special Effects for "The Dark Knight" (2008)
Visual Effects Society Award: Outstanding Special Effects in a Motion Picture for "The Dark Knight" (2008)
Visual Effects Society Award: Outstanding Special Effects in a Motion Picture for "Casino Royale" (2006)
Frequently Works With
Lynne Corbould, David Eltham, Michael Fox, Nick Bonathan, Ryan
Evans, Steve Crawley
Chris Corbould Interview (Casino Royale)
Chris Corbould Interview (Quantum of Solace)