Peter Lamont - Production Designer and Film-maker
Saturday 27th August 10am - 4pm
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26th - 29 August 2016 MMU Manchester, UK
We’re delighted to be joined by Peter as he looks back over his career in this in-depth career retrospective of a true legend of cinema.
To look at the career of Peter Lamont is to look at a veritable checklist of iconic genre efforts spanning six decades. Another guest who is so often synonymous with the James Bond franchise, Lamont’s work as a production designer, art director, and set designer is the stuff of dreams.
From some early work on Goldfinger, the Londoner went on to be a part of Thunderball, You Only Live Twice, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, Diamonds Are Forever, Live and Let Die, The Man with the Golden Gun, The Spy Who Loved Me, Moonraker, For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy, A View to a Kill, The Living Daylights, Licence to Kill, GoldenEye, The World is Not Enough, Die Another Day and Casino Royale. Impressive, no? And that’s just his Bond work!
As well as helping flesh out so much of what we’ve seen in a 007 outing over the years, Peter Lamont famously nabbed a richly-deserved Oscar in 1997 for his fantastic work on James Cameron’s Titanic. This came on the back of three previous Academy Award nominations for 1971’s Fiddler on the Roof, 1977’s The Spy Who Loved Me and 1986’s iconic Aliens. Then there’s his involvement with hugely popular movies such as Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, True Lies and Wing Commander.
Peter is somebody who has brought so much to the world of cinema over the decades, not least in how he helped to shape the style, look and tone of so many Bond movies dating as far back as the 1960s. So join us as we celebrate this true master of his craft as he joins us for the STARBURST International Film Festival.
Starburst Magazine visits the 'Die Another Day' set
Starburst is visiting the Pinewood set of Die Another Day, where designer Peter Lamont has constructed a vast, cavernous ice palace. It’s Bond’s own take on the famous Ice Hotel in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden, a building carved out of frozen water, where even much of the furniture is made out of ice. In the film the hotel is the refuge of Colonel Moon (Will Yun Lee), a North Korean army officer and son of the peaceful ruler who plans to reunite his country with South Korea in a takeover of Japan and an ultimate attack on the United States.
We’re promised an extravagant tale that takes a firm step into more Science Fiction territory. There’s Colonel Moon, disfigured after his experiments with face-reshaping technology went awry. There’s an outlandish weapon of mass destruction, firing onto the planet from Space. And there’s the weapon’s control unit, an advanced body suit that is worn like armour.
“It started off as a big glove,” offers Tamahori on the hi-tech suit, “and I said, ‘A big glove isn’t that exciting’, and they said, ‘Why don’t we add a hundred thousand volts, give it defensive capabilities, taser light-killing abilities, track ball control – so he could wear it as a fighting combat unit as well’.
“We’ve got some virtual reality this time, and we are jumping into stuff that’s quasi-Sci-Fi. We’ve looked at some of our dailies and gone, ‘Wow this is straight out of Science Fiction’.”
by David Richardson in 2002
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