PRODUCTION DIARY #08 – Madeline Smith on Peter Cushing, James Bond, Carry On and Hammer Films

This week’s PRODUCTION DIARY features an interview with the wonderful Madeline Smith, star of so many iconic British films and TV series. She has appeared in the three classic British film series;  the James Bond film Live and Let Die, with Roger Moore, in Carry On Matron, part of Peter Rogers’ legendary Carry On series and no less than three of Hammer Films’ gothic horrors from the late 60s and early 70s, Taste the Blood of Dracula, The Vampire Lovers and Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell.

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PRODUCTION DIARY #6: Valerie Leon, Hammer Films, James Bond and the Carry Ons

Valerie Leon has been at the heart of iconic British film and television since the 1960s. She has appeared in no less than four major film series, all of which have become cult classics, namely Hammer Films, the Carry On films, the Pink Panther film series and the record-breaking James Bond franchise. Continue reading “PRODUCTION DIARY #6: Valerie Leon, Hammer Films, James Bond and the Carry Ons”

PRODUCTION DIARY #5: Paul Welsh MBE & the Campaign He Led to Save Elstree Studios in Late 90s

Paul Welsh was awarded the MBE by the Queen for his services helping to save the world-famous Elstree Studios from closure and redevelopment in the late 1990s. He has been closely allied with the studios since the 1960s and as a film historian and writer he got to know many of the staff, production crew and actors who worked at Elstree. Continue reading “PRODUCTION DIARY #5: Paul Welsh MBE & the Campaign He Led to Save Elstree Studios in Late 90s”

SOUNDBITES: Paul Welsh Recalls Why Producer Gary Kurtz Chose to Film Star Wars at Elstree Studios

SOUNDBITES: Paul Welsh MBE – Why Gary Kurtz Chose Elstree Studios for STAR WARS. Paul Welsh, who led the campaign to save Elstree Studios in 1990s, recounts how he asked Star Wars producer, Gary Kurtz why they chose to produce the film at Elstree Studios. Continue reading “SOUNDBITES: Paul Welsh Recalls Why Producer Gary Kurtz Chose to Film Star Wars at Elstree Studios”