Special effects designer Derek Meddings, who worked on a number of James Bond films, was born in London on 15th January 1931.
Meddings’ early work included the Hammer Films and Gerry Anderson’s television puppet shows, including Fireball XL5, Stingray and Thunderbirds. His first 007 films was Live And Let Die, on which he impressed Cubby Broccoli with his miniature work and ensured him work on subsequent Bond films.
The highlight of his work on the Bond films came with Moonraker, which because of time constraints required him to expose film dozens of times to shoot all the elements in the space battle rather than using optical compositing; for this he was nominated for an Academy Award.
The last film Meddings worked on was Goldeneye.