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Birthday of Special Effects Maestro John Richardson

By: Anders Frejdh
John Richardson SFX maestro
A celebration of British special effects and miniature supervisor John Richardson, member of the 'James Bond family' since 1977.

With this page, From Sweden with Love would like to celebrate John Richardson and officially thank him for accepting our invitation to come to our James Bond festival in Stockholm on 19-21 September 2014.

"Happy birthday John, your contribution to the James Bond film series and legacy of 007 are forever. FSWL loves you!"

"John has been an important mentor to myself and many other leading Special Effects technicians. It is a privilege to have worked with him and he has been a major inspiration to my career." – Chris Corbould (Special effects technician/supervisor on 14 James Bond films since 1979 including SPECTRE)

"Congratulations to John on reaching the ripe old age of 70. John was my right hand man on my many Bond films and other films going back a long time. I always said he was the best at 'big bangs' and trust his birthday will go the same way." – John Glen (Director of five Bond films)

"Wish John to have a great day. It seems like a couple of years ago we were in Deventer."
Vic Armstrong (Stunt coordinator on four 007 films who has also doubled for four of the six Bond actors)

About John Richardson:
John Richardson (born in London 1946), son of legendary Cliff Richardson (1905–1985), has been the Special Effects Supervisor on nine James Bond films.

Richardson's Bond career started in 1967 with special effects work on the spoof version of Casino Royale. After a few non-Bond films supervising special effects - Rollerball (1975) starring Maud Adams, Omen (1976), A Bridge Too Far (1977) starring Sean Connery, and Superman (1978) - he started his work for EON Productions as SFX Supervisor on Moonraker (1979) (1979). He returned to the 007 franchise in the same role for Octopussy (1983) (1983) followed by work as VFX and SFX Supervisor on three consecutive Bond films - A View to a Kill (1985), The Living Daylights (1987) and Licence to Kill (1989).
In 1997, when Pierce Brosnan had taken over the role of Bond from Timothy Dalton, John worked as Model and Miniature Supervisor on another three of the 007 films - Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), The World Is Not Enough (1999) and Die Another Day (2002)

Other impressive film credits as Special Effects Supervisor include Willow (1988), Treasure Island (1990), Highlander II (1991) starring Sean Connery, The American President (1995), Broken Arrow (1996) as well as all films in the Harry Potter franchise.

In 1987, he was honoured with an Oscar® for James Cameron’s Aliens. John was also nominated for an Academy Award for his work with the special effects in Cliffhanger (1993), Starship Troopers (1997) starring Denise Richards as well as for three of the Harry Potter films.

John, a keen golf player, is now retired from the film industry and currently resides in the UK with this wife Rosie.

Photo above:
SFX maestro John Richardson with two-time Bond girl Carole Ashby in Stockholm 2014. Photo by Sofia Sanchez. © News from Europe and Latin America. All rights reserved.

For more information about John Richardson, check out his profile on IMDB:



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