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CHRIS CORBOULD (BEHIND THE SCENES)

By: Anders Frejdh
Published:
2012-01-19
Special effects technician/supervisor on 14 James Bond films since 1979 including SPECTRE (2015)

My first encounter with Chris Corbould, a special effects genius and one of the most talented people behind the success of the James Bond film series, was at the launch of the 50th Anniversary exhibition Bond in Motion in Beaulieu on January 15, 2012.

Chris Corbould is British special effects coordinator best known for his work on major blockbuster films and the action scenes for several James Bond films since the early 1980s. He has also worked extensively on the Superman and Batman film series on digital effects and stunts.

Corbould has been awarded with two Honorary Doctorates, one from Southampton Solent University in 2009 and one from University of Hertfordshire in 2011.

At the 83rd Academy Awards in 2011, he won an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects for his work on Inception (2010). For the same film, he also won a BAFTA Award for Best Special Visual Effects and the VES Award.

Chris was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects for his work on Dark Knight (2008).

A selection of films Chris Corbould has worked on:
2015: SPECTRE (special effects supervisor)
2012: Skyfall (2012) (special effects supervisor)
2012: The Dark Knight Rises (special effects supervisor)
2011: X-Men: First Class (special effects supervisor)
2010: Inception (special effects supervisor)
2008: Quantum of Solace (special effects coordinator)
2008: The Dark Knight (special effects supervisor)
2006: Casino Royale (miniature effects/special effects supervisor)
2005: Batman Begins (special effects coordinator)
2003: Lara Croft: The Cradle of Life (special effects director)
2002: Die Another Day (special effects supervisor)
2001: Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (special effects supervisor)
2000: 102 Dalmatians (special effects coordinator)
1999: The World Is Not Enough (special effects supervisor)
1999: The Mummy (special effects supervisor)
1997: Tomorrow Never Dies (special effects supervisor)
1995: GoldenEye (1995) (special effects supervisor)
1994: Interview with the Vampire (special effects floor supervisor)
1992: Alien 3 (senior special effects technician)
1989: Licence to Kill (special effects supervisor: second unit)
1988: Willow (senior special effects technician)
1987: The Living Daylights (special effects)
1985: A View to a Kill (special effects technician)
1983: Superman III (special effects senior technician)
1981: For Your Eyes Only (special effects technician)
1979: Moonraker (1979) (special effects technician)
1977: The Spy Who Loved Me (special effects technician)

Read more about Chris Corbould's amazing film career on IMDB.

Editor's note:
Chris Corbould's brother, Neil Corbould, is another talented man within the film industry. Along with his brother, Neil worked on A View to a Kill (1985), The Living Daylights (1987) and Licence to Kill (1989) as a special effects technician.

Photos below:
(top) Chris Corbould at the launch of the 50th Anniversary exhibition Bond in Motion in Beaulieu on January 15, 2012.

(bottom) Chris is interviewed by a TV team next to Zukovsky's Rolls Royce Silver Shadow II from The World Is Not Enough.

Text written and published by Anders Frejdh in January, 2012.
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