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Shooting 007: The Memoirs of Alec Mills

By: FSWL team
Alec Mills memoirs Shooting 007
Shooting 007: And Other Celluloid Adventures - the memoirs of Alec Mills, a long-time member of the 'Bond family', will be published in July 2014 by The History Press in the UK. The foreword will be written by Alec's long-time friend and film colleague, Sir Roger Moore.

In Shooting 007, beloved cameraman and director of photography Alec Mills, a veteran of seven James Bond movies, tells the inside story of his twenty years of filming cinema’s most famous secret agent.

Among many humorous and touching anecdotes, Mills reveals how he became an integral part of the Bond family as a young camera operator on 1969’s On Her Majesty's Secret Service starring George Lazenby, how he bore the brunt of his old friend Roger Moore’s legendary on-set bantering, and how he rose to become the director of photography during Timothy Dalton’s tenure as 007.

Mills also looks back on a career that took in Return of the Jedi on film and The Saint on television with wit and affection, and Shooting 007 contains many of his and Eon Productions’ unpublished behind-the-scenes photographs compiled over a lifetime of filmmaking.

Featuring many of the film industry’s biggest names, this book will be a must-have for both the James Bond and British film history aficionado.

Shooting 007, Alec Mills, memoirs
The back cover for Shooting 007 by Alec Mills.

Book details:
Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
ISBN-10: 0750953632
ISBN-13: 978-0750953634
Price: 16.99 GBP

About Alec Mills:

Alec's film career began in the mid 1950s as a camera assistant, moving through the ranks to clapper loader, focus puller and - on the TV series The Saint - became camera operator.

In the latter role, Alec worked on a number of films including six of the Bonds - On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), Moonraker (1979) (1979), For Your Eyes Only (1981), Octopussy (1983) (1983) and A View to a Kill (1985) - and two other films starring Roger Moore, Gold (1974) and Shout at the Devil (1976).

In 1987, Mills was offered the chance to become Director of Photography on The Living Daylights, a position he also held on his last Bond film, Licence to Kill (1989).

Apart from the Bond family, Mills is also a member of the 'Star Wars family' after his work on Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (directed by Richard Marquand) in 1983.

Besides the Bonds, Alec worked on two other films with his 'Bond director' John Glen, Christopher Columbus: The Discovery (1992) and The Point Men (2001).

In the 1990s he directed two Australian films, Bloodmoon (1990) and Dead Sleep (1992).

Editor's note:
For a list of Alec Mills' film credits, check out his IMDB profile.

Photo above:
The book cover for I am What I am: Shooting 007 and other celluloid adventures by Alec Mills. © 2014 The History Press Ltd. All rights reserved.

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