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Interview with Bond Cinematographer Phil Méheux in London

By: Anders Frejdh
Phil Meheux Cinematographer
The next Soundstage event in London, to be held on Monday 14th January at The Others, welcomes two-time James Bond Cinematographer Phil Méheux (and Producer Simon Cornwell).

Phil Méheux is an award winning Director of Photography, recognized world-wide for his outstanding collaborations and photographic skills on such iconic motion pictures as The Long Good Friday, GoldenEye (1995), The Mask of Zorro, Highlander II and Entrapment starring Sean Connery as well as Casino Royale (2006) amongst many others.

Izabella Scorupco with Pierce Brosnan during the filming of GoldenEye in Puerto Rico
Izabella Scorupco with Pierce Brosnan during the filming of GoldenEye in Puerto Rico. © 1995 Danjaq LLC. & United Artists Pictures. An MGM Company. All rights reserved.

After making films as a teenager, he began his professional career with the BBC Television Film Unit rising quickly through the ranks to film cameraman on many notable documentaries and filmed television plays - many of which won awards at television festivals.

His first cinema feature, Black Joy, directed by Anthony Simmons, was the official British entry for the 1977 Cannes Film Festival. Photographing director, Martin Campbell's first feature film, Criminal Law, launched an unprecedented 20-year collaboration with films such as Defenceless, No Escape, The Mask of Zorro, Beyond Borders, The Legend of Zorro, Edge of Darkness, and the two worldwide Bond hits, GoldenEye and Casino Royale. The latter earning him a BAFTA nomination, and the British Society of Cinematographers Best Cinematography award.

In 2015, Méheux was presented with the American Society of Cinematographers International Award "reserved for cinematographers of international repute who have made extraordinary contributions to the art form."

Martin Campbell directing Casino Royale at Barrandov Studios in the Chech Republic
Martin Campbell directing Casino Royale at Barrandov Studios in the Chech Republic. © 2006 Danjaq LLC. & Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM). All rights reserved.

Méheux's imaginative and intelligent approach to cinematography has highlighted performances of many A-list stars from Kevin Bacon to Catherine Zeta-Jones and other directors such as Alan Clarke, Frank Coraci, Chris Columbus, Raja Gosnell, John Mackenzie, and Philip Noyce.

One of the most experienced and versatile directors of photography working today, Méheux's other credits include the controversial Scum, The Fourth Protocol co-starring Pierce Brosnan, Max Headroom, Ruby, The Saint, Bicentennial Man, Beverly Hills Chihuahua, and Smurfs 1 & 2 as well as countless television and cinema commercials for the widest variety of products ranging from cars to food and everything in between.

Phil Méheux is an elected member of the British Society of Cinematographers since 1979 and has served on its Board of Governors since 1993. He was elected as its president in 2002 and served two consecutive terms. He is also an elected member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and an honorary member of the Australian Cinematographers Society.

This is bound to be a fascinating and insightful interview with Phil Meheux.

Photo on top:
Phil Méheux in action. Copyright © 2019 Phil Méheux. All rights reserved.

Doors open at 7:00pm. Event starts approximately 7:30pm. Tickets are 16 GBP each. Evening hosted by Lisa Holloway.



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