Chris Corbould (Special Effects Coordinator)

Name: Chris Corbould
Date of Birth: c. 1959
Place of Birth: UK
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 miniature.

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 film "Casino 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 Mummy", "Batman Begins", "Casino Royale", "The Dark Knight" and "Quantum of Solace".

He recently worked with Christopher Nolan again (famed for the "Batman" reboot) on "Inception" - a thriller starring Leonardo DiCaprio - released in 2010.

Quantum of Solace (2008) Special Effects Coordinator
Casino Royale (2006) Miniature Effects Supervisor
Die Another Day (2002) Special Effects Supervisor
The World Is Not Enough (1999) Special Effects Supervisor
Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) Special Effects Supervisor
GoldenEye (1995) Special Effects Supervisor
Licence to Kill (1989) Special Effects Supervisor: Second Unit
The Living Daylights (1987) Special Effects Department
A View to a Kill (1985) Special Effects Technician [uncredited]
Octopussy (1983) Special Effects Technician [uncredited]
For Your Eyes Only (1981) Special Effects Technician [uncredited]
Moonraker (1979) Special Effects Technician [uncredited]
The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) Special Effects Technician [uncredited]

Above: Corbould was largely responsible for recreating the impressive fall of a house in Venice for "Casino Royale" (2006).

Extended Filmography


  • 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

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