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Making Movie Magic: A Lifetime Creating Special Effects for James Bond, Harry Potter, Superman

By: FSWL team
Published:
2019-03-08
Making Movie Magic John Richardson Special Effects
Making Movie Magic: A Lifetime Creating Special Effects for James Bond, Harry Potter, Superman & More is an upcoming book from Oscar® winner and FSWL supporter John Richardson whose much anticipated memoir will be published on 1 October 2019 by The History Press who previously published the critically acclaimed Some Kind of Hero: The Remarkable Story of the James Bond Films in 2015 (updated in 2017) and The 007 Diaries (a new edition of Roger Moore's diary from the production of 1973's Live and Let Die) in 2018. >Order John's book from Amazon UK

Making Movie Magic: A Lifetime Creating Special Effects for James Bond, Harry Potter, Superman & More is a must-have for all Bond fans


John Richardson is an Oscar-winning special effects supervisor and designer, who has been involved in over 60 movies, including nine James Bond adventures, all seven Harry Potter films, Aliens [for which he won the Oscar], Superman, A Bridge Too Far [starring Sean Connery], Straw Dogs, The Omen, Cliffhanger, Far and Away, Willow ... and many, many others.

Octopussy John Richardson special effects
Production still from the filming of Octopussy. Copyright © 1983 Danjaq S.A. & United Artists Corporation. All rights reserved.

Moonraker John Richardson special effects
Production still from the filming of Moonraker. Copyright © 1979 Danjaq S.A. & United Artists Corporation. All rights reserved.

The Richardson family legacy


In creating the magic that flows through these films, be it by means of creating huge explosions, beheading a man, producing futuristic gadgets, making a man fly or breathing life into creatures that both amaze and haunt us, Richardson holds a unique place in cinema history. The son of pioneering F/X technician Cliff Richardson, he learned his trade at the feet of a master of the craft, and by building on his father's early work and pushing boundaries further, Richardson not only delivered the end result but also ensured that none of his stars were ever injured.

With over five decades of adventures under his belt, and a vast photographic collection of unseen pictures, Richardson now lifts the lid on his exciting and fascinating career of creating movie magic.

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