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    To complement Stephen P's great postings on 'In Production' and 'Touring British Studios' I thought I'd share some behind the scenes photos of Pinewood in the 1960s.

    These photos are all from my private collection and are small, very low resolution, copies - if anyone wants to use these for websites. projects (etc.) please contact me as I have much better originals/scans...

    Let's start off with some general stuff:



    Here's an aerial shot of the studio complex prior to L&M stages being constructed.



    The garden walk at the rear of the main Administration block.



    And on the backlot, the sets for the ill-fated Cleopatra.



    Finally, a scenic artist at work on the huge backing for the paddock water tank.

    More to follow, if anyone is interested...

    Smudge
    Last edited by smudge; 23-01-11 at 10:22 PM.

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    Thanks for those smudge. i would love to see more.

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    That last one must be Jim Carrey surely....


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    Great photo's Smudge, thanks for sharing would love to see more!!

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    Prop me up...



    Here's one of the main prop stores at Pinewood. The picture isn't exactly 60s - on the larger version you can see the production name on one of the slates hanging down and it is for Frankie Howerd's 1956 film JUMPING FOR JOY.



    Where on earth would you turn if the 'phone rang in this room...?

    Smudge

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    Great pictures,thanks for sharing.

    Regards,Frame.

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    Designs for Living...

    Of course there is a fair bit of work to be done before a film even gets off the ground.



    Here in the draughtsman's workshop it looks as though they are working on set designs - note the pictures on the left hand wall.



    And here is the master himself at work in the art department - 007's Ken Adam with his team, working on designs for another Ian Fleming story, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

    Smudge

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    Excellent thread and photos Smudge. Thanks for sharing.

    wec

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    cheers for the interesting pics smudge

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    Thank you Smudge...I really enjoyed looking at your latest additions. Fantastic collection...

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    Let's get plastered...



    Here's the general plaster shop from days gone by...



    ...whilst this is a store of altogether more elaborate plaster works.

    Smudge

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    Quote Originally Posted by smudge View Post
    Prop me up...



    Here's one of the main prop stores at Pinewood. The picture isn't exactly 60s - on the larger version you can see the production name on one of the slates hanging down and it is for Frankie Howerd's 1956 film JUMPING FOR JOY.....

    Smudge
    Thanks for sharing these terrific photos, Smudge. The screen with lace panels in the lower right corner looks familiar and was probably used in many films.

    Wonderful!

    Barbara

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    Chippies with everything...

    There are still more things to be done before we can go in front of the cameras:



    In the carpenter's shop you have to be able to turn your hand to anything - from mill workings and ornate staircases...



    ...to 'phoneboxes and doors of every sort, as well as...



    ...the planes that flew in the Battle of Britain.

    Smudge
    Last edited by smudge; 29-01-11 at 07:02 AM.

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    Great memories of Pinewood....40 mins door to door from Islington....

    Aitch,

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    Quote Originally Posted by harryfielder View Post
    Great memories of Pinewood....40 mins door to door from Islington....

    Aitch,
    Stay tuned Aitch - you'll certainly remember some of the pics which come up later, because you were in the fillums to be featured!

    Smudge

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    Very good pictures Smudge. I think that first aerial shot was pre J & K aswell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stephen Pickard View Post
    Very good pictures Smudge. I think that first aerial shot was pre J & K aswell.
    Thanks Stephen - it's all inspired by your posts! You know, I think you're right about J&K. I haven't looked at these in detail for a while - the originals are stowed in a box here somewhere. I was just going by these cutdown versions (and squinting!)

    EDIT: You are indeed correct! In fact the thin diagonal line on the left hand side of the picture, just where the buildings finish on that side, is actually Fort Knox Road from GOLDFINGER. The plan layout of Fort Know itself can be seen if you follow it along to the right.

    On the original you can clearly see Knox Rd. follow through into Black Park. If Man In A Suitcase shot on J&K in 1966 that puts this picture anywhere from mid-1964 to mid-65 I suppose. I can't recall the new stage dates off the top of my head.
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    The Stage is Set...



    So you book your stage and...



    ...the vacuum-form shop and...



    ...the scenic artists use their craft and skills to create your self-contained world.

    Smudge

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    These are great pictures Smudge - Thanks for posting them !

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    If the shoe fits...



    We're almost ready, as the Drapes department prepares the final touches of luxury for the set...



    ...and Wardrobe gets the necessary costumes out of mothballs.

    Smudge

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