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30 MAY 2015
COSTUME DESIGNER JULIE HARRIS (1921-2015)

By: Anders Frejdh
Published:
2015-05-31
FSWL are saddened to report the passing of Bond alumni Julie Harris who worked as Costume Designer on Casino Royale (1967) and Live and Let Die (1973). Ms. Harris was also Costume Designer on Rollerball (1975) co-starring Swedish Bond girl Maud Adams. Our thoughts and prayers go to Julie's family and friends.

About her work on Live and Let Die, Julie Harris said in an 2010 interview:

"I like big budget films, for example Live and Let Die where money was no object. Someone can come in and say, 'We want ten of those for tomorrow, go out and get them whatever they cost' and you could do it. But it's much more difficult on a shoestring. You spend a lot of your time going from shop to shop trying to find the same thing, but a bit cheaper. It is very wearing."

When Sir Roger Moore heard of Julie's passing, he commented on Twitter:

"Saddened to hear the wonderful Julie Harris has died. She was a really lovely lady."

Obituary:
(PA) Tributes have been paid to Oscar-winning British costume designer Julie Harris, who has died at the age of 94.

Ms Harris designed clothes worn by The Beatles in the films A Hard Day's Night (1964) and Help! (1965) and by Roger Moore in the James Bond film Live and Let Die.

She died yesterday [May 30, 2015] at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London after a brief illness from a chest infection, her close friend Jo Botting confirmed.

Ms Botting, senior curator at the British Film Institute National Archive, said:

"In a career that embraced more than 80 films and television productions, as well as several stage plays, Julie worked with some of the greatest international stars in the history of the cinema, and for some of its most legendary directors and producers.

"Her outstanding work was constantly nominated for awards. She was an amazing woman."

Ms Harris, of Kensington, West London, won the Academy Award for her "Swingin' London" designs in the 1965 film, Darling (1965), starring Julie Christie and Dirk Bogarde.

She was also awarded the BAFTA for Best Costume Design in 1967 for the film The Wrong Box, starring Michael Caine.

In 1965, after working with the Beatles, she said: "I must be one of the few people who can claim they have seen John, Paul, George and Ringo naked."

Ms Harris also designed costumes for the 1967 film Casino Royale starring David Niven and Peter Sellers, Goodbye Mr Chips (1969), Dracula (1979) starring Laurence Olivier and for the Muppets in The Great Muppet Caper (1981).

Ms Harris, who never married or had children, retired at the age of 70. She is survived by her god-daughter, Serena Dilnot.

Julie Harris interviewed at The Cinema Museum in London 2010:


Obituaries in the press:
>BBC News (May 31, 2015)
>The Independent (May 31, 2015)
>Daily Mirror (May 31, 2015)
>The Times (May 31, 2015)
>Variety (May 31, 2015)

Photo above:
Julie Harris with Bond girl Ursula Andress on the set of Casino Royale 1967. © PA/PA Archive/Press Association Images. All rights reserved.

For more information about Julie Harris' career, check out her IMDB profile:
www.imdb.com/name/nm0364916/

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