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Interview with Stills photographer Keith Hamshere on Bond

By: Anders Frejdh
Keith Hamshere interview
For the 50th anniversary of James Bond on film, From Sweden with Love (Anders Frejdh) caught up with Keith Hamshere. Keith established ties with Eon Productions in the early 1980's and worked in the publicity department on nine of their 007 films - The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), For Your Eyes Only (1981), A View to a Kill (1985), The Living Daylights (1987), Licence to Kill (1989), GoldenEye (1995) (1995), Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), The World Is Not Enough (1999) and Die Another Day (2002).


About Keith Hamshere:
Keith Hamshere was born in 1946 and started his career as an actor. In 1960, he appeared as “Oliver” in the original Lionel Bart production of the musical of the same name. But Keith's career in front of the camera was short as he decided to try his hand behind the camera.

After working his way through the London’s cool swinging 1960’s photographic scene, Keith was invited by unit photographer, John Jay, to work on a new film that a hot young Turk called Stanley Kubrick was directing. That film was 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). Keith spent over 2 years working alongside Kubrick, a photographer himself, helping him on many special visual effects that still stand up to today's modern CGI.

In 1984, Keith worked with Steven Spielberg on Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom. His credits on IMDB are rather special and incl. numerous films, most of which we are all familiar with, such as the “Stars Wars” series.

He continues to be busy shooting on major blockbusters and small indies alike, and he very much believes in providing the client with the widest possible range of photographic content on set, ranging from traditional stills, specials to advertising promotional imagery.

Hamshere embraces new technology and was one of the first unit photographers to adapt to the digital age. He has developed a company producing 360 degree virtual movie sets which provide amazing content for the film studios.

Keith is currently the European Vice President of The Society of Motion Picture Still Photographers.

Photo above:
Still from GoldenEye featuring Pierce Brosnan and Izabella Scorupco. Photo by Keith Hamshere. © 1995 EON Productions. All rights reserved.

For a full listing of Keith Hamshere's career in films, check out his profile on IMDB:



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