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Topic: Were some of the submarine scenes really filmed in the sea?

I have been interested in Derek Meddings's special effects work for years being a fan of the supermarionation series. Derek's work on the Bond films was outstanding and I often wonder whether some of the scenes with the Lotus in The Spy Who Loved Me and the Neptune in For Your Eyes Only were really filmed under the sea or whether all the shots were filmed in a tank at Pinewood?

I know some of the Lotus scenes were filmed in The Bahamas, but I wasn't sure if they were just the scenes of the car/submarine appearing above the surface.

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I'm pretty sure all of the Lotus underwater scenes (with the full-size car) were filmed in the sea: I believe that's why they always went to the Bahamas- because the water is so clear.

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Ditto.
Were there not three different Lotuses, one for land, for conversion and one for the sea?

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emtiem wrote:

I'm pretty sure all of the Lotus underwater scenes (with the full-size car) were filmed in the sea: I believe that's why they always went to the Bahamas- because the water is so clear.

This is interesting to hear. I read that some underwater scenes were shot at Pinewood, so I don't know if this includes the Neptune scenes.

Derek Meddings's effects had become so advanced by the Bond films and the models were impossible to tell from the real thing.  In the days of the Gerry Anderson series, Derek and his team actually filmed underwater shots through a thin tank as his book 21st Century Visions said they couldn't afford to film underwater.  The scenes with Stingray, Thunderbird 4 and going up to the Skydiver in UFO were very well done and the underwater illusion worked very effectively.

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https://i.postimg.cc/XBqkYh7r/201-BE01-F-22-E2-4-D66-A439-14-FD7-A37-B717.jpg

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FYEO


https://i.postimg.cc/F7gHKK8J/2-B802234-1818-4-C19-8302-400-C0-DDB99-F0.jpg

https://i.postimg.cc/BjmZxVqS/58967191-AADD-48-A2-8-FDD-3-DE84-D8004-C4.jpg

https://i.postimg.cc/CRhLngpr/FDE37539-0107-44-F5-8-B3-E-7-D93-A9-E446-C3.jpg

All shot in Bahamas. The Neptune was literally just by the underwater ruins set they built.

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Lotus in the Bahamian waters.


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https://i.postimg.cc/hz1Kty3R/47-BB38-A9-D0-E7-472-A-A4-A1-151673710308.jpg

https://i.postimg.cc/zLWJ9XCB/A28379-CA-933-C-4-E1-E-8-D1-D-678-D7-AD6912-F.jpg

https://i.postimg.cc/phH2xbCB/A7675-B84-7-ED5-49-D0-B4-F1-0-A9-A44-C15-A06.jpg

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Thanks for the shots.  They are a really good reminder of how good Derek and his team were. Am I right thinking he didn't do the effects after For Your Eyes Only, and only returned for Goldeneye?  I know Goldeneye was sadly the last Bond film he worked on

Asp9mm wrote:

Lotus in the Bahamian waters.


https://i.postimg.cc/JH7MDN9D/0-C4-D0240-1663-4-B56-B795-1-A77-DC6-F8-A8-E.jpg

https://i.postimg.cc/hz1Kty3R/47-BB38-A9-D0-E7-472-A-A4-A1-151673710308.jpg

https://i.postimg.cc/zLWJ9XCB/A28379-CA-933-C-4-E1-E-8-D1-D-678-D7-AD6912-F.jpg

https://i.postimg.cc/phH2xbCB/A7675-B84-7-ED5-49-D0-B4-F1-0-A9-A44-C15-A06.jpg

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Yeah, you are correct. He died shortly after Goldeneye.

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Matt79 wrote:

I have been interested in Derek Meddings's special effects work for years being a fan of the supermarionation series.

I recommend the book Special Effects Superman: The Art And Effects Of Derek Meddings by Paul and Martin Shubrook. It has varying prices on bookfinder.com  It covers Derek’s career ranging his start in UK television, the blockbusters including Superman and Batman, and of course the Bond movies discussed in this thread. While many of my Bond books go into storage, this one stays on the shelf for whenever I need a miniatures fix.

"...the purposeful slant of his striding figure looked dangerous, as if he was making quickly for something bad that was happening further down the street." -SMERSH on 007 dossier photo, Ch. 6 FRWL.....

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I must admit although Meddings did some great stuff (the tanker in TSWLM is brilliant, Atlantis... less so) I tend to prefer John Richardson's Bond miniatures work. His stuff in Living Daylights, Octopussy, View To A Kill etc. you genuinely can't tell are miniatures most of the time, whereas Meddings' stuff in GoldenEye was... not great really. For Your Eyes Only probably has the most convincing stuff he did for Bond for my money.

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emtiem wrote:

I must admit although Meddings did some great stuff (the tanker in TSWLM is brilliant, Atlantis... less so) I tend to prefer John Richardson's Bond miniatures work. His stuff in Living Daylights, Octopussy, View To A Kill etc. you genuinely can't tell are miniatures most of the time, whereas Meddings' stuff in GoldenEye was... not great really. For Your Eyes Only probably has the most convincing stuff he did for Bond for my money.

I haven't seen much of John Richardson's effects, I didn't realise they differed to Derek Meddings's work

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superado wrote:
Matt79 wrote:

I have been interested in Derek Meddings's special effects work for years being a fan of the supermarionation series.

I recommend the book Special Effects Superman: The Art And Effects Of Derek Meddings by Paul and Martin Shubrook. It has varying prices on bookfinder.com  It covers Derek’s career ranging his start in UK television, the blockbusters including Superman and Batman, and of course the Bond movies discussed in this thread. While many of my Bond books go into storage, this one stays on the shelf for whenever I need a miniatures fix.

I have been reading about the book and I have seen it has mixed reviews, but going by your comments I think I will buy it. I already have Derek's 21st Century Visions book specifically about his work on the Anderson series, it was written about 2 years before he died

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Matt79 wrote:
emtiem wrote:

I must admit although Meddings did some great stuff (the tanker in TSWLM is brilliant, Atlantis... less so) I tend to prefer John Richardson's Bond miniatures work. His stuff in Living Daylights, Octopussy, View To A Kill etc. you genuinely can't tell are miniatures most of the time, whereas Meddings' stuff in GoldenEye was... not great really. For Your Eyes Only probably has the most convincing stuff he did for Bond for my money.

I haven't seen much of John Richardson's effects, I didn't realise they differed to Derek Meddings's work

Lots of it is really good, but the bridge at the end of Living Daylights is maybe of the strongest bits of modelwork he did. It's very hard to tell.

https://cinefex.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/Living-Daylights_Bridge-1.jpg

The end of Skyfall with the helicopter crashing into the house is probably one of the best bits of modelwork in the whole series as doubtless it's been digitally combined with larger fullscale elements etc. so it really is seamless.

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John Richardson also has a book, Making Movie Magic that came out last year. It seems he had a more varied career than Derek Meddings esp. with high profile movies starting in the 60’s up to the recent era that includes the Harry Potter series. The book could have been more detailed for my liking in the technical aspects of effects but because there were so many movies that he covered he had to stick to the interesting anecdotal episodes although his life journey is pretty interesting.

"...the purposeful slant of his striding figure looked dangerous, as if he was making quickly for something bad that was happening further down the street." -SMERSH on 007 dossier photo, Ch. 6 FRWL.....

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superado wrote:

John Richardson also has a book, Making Movie Magic that came out last year. It seems he had a more varied career than Derek Meddings esp. with high profile movies starting in the 60’s up to the recent era that includes the Harry Potter series. The book could have been more detailed for my liking in the technical aspects of effects but because there were so many movies that he covered he had to stick to the interesting anecdotal episodes although his life journey is pretty interesting.

Oh thanks, I didn't know about that one. He seemed to have a very interesting career, and some of the stories he tells on the Bond DVDs are fairly hair-raising: like when he had to wade out and try to free the model of the Q Boat when it was stuck at the top of a huge waterfall!

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emtiem wrote:
superado wrote:

John Richardson also has a book, Making Movie Magic that came out last year. It seems he had a more varied career than Derek Meddings esp. with high profile movies starting in the 60’s up to the recent era that includes the Harry Potter series. The book could have been more detailed for my liking in the technical aspects of effects but because there were so many movies that he covered he had to stick to the interesting anecdotal episodes although his life journey is pretty interesting.

Oh thanks, I didn't know about that one. He seemed to have a very interesting career, and some of the stories he tells on the Bond DVDs are fairly hair-raising: like when he had to wade out and try to free the model of the Q Boat when it was stuck at the top of a huge waterfall!

You’re welcome! MR comes to mind the most from that book because of that. Although they eventually resorted to a miniature boat going over the falls, I’m impressed with how they tried to do that for real and appreciate the danger factor involved. I also thought it was interesting how John Richardson depicted the mortar hits in the river boat chase ironically with makeshift mortars mounted underwater.

"...the purposeful slant of his striding figure looked dangerous, as if he was making quickly for something bad that was happening further down the street." -SMERSH on 007 dossier photo, Ch. 6 FRWL.....

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Oh yes, it was the full-size boat, wasn't it? I'd forgotten that.

I kind of wonder, is Meddings' stuff really celebrated because everyone can tell they're models? Aren't the guys whose modelwork was actually impossible to spot because it looked like the fullsize things, actually better?

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emtiem wrote:

Oh yes, it was the full-size boat, wasn't it? I'd forgotten that.

I kind of wonder, is Meddings' stuff really celebrated because everyone can tell they're models? Aren't the guys whose modelwork was actually impossible to spot because it looked like the fullsize things, actually better?

I hadn't seen many of John Richardson's effects and although the image with the bridge looks very impressive and impossible to tell from the real thing, I always thought Derek Meddings's effects were just as convincing.  I never knew anyone could tell they were just models compared to the models used by John Richardson

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Really though? The dam in Superman? The plane crash in GoldenEye? I think they're pretty dreadful, to be honest.
Compare to, say, the train crash in The Fugitive. Or even the Hercules taking off in Living Daylights.

I think maybe the only model shot in GoldenEye which is convincing is the one of the MIGs taking off, you wouldn't know that was a model.

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emtiem wrote:

Really though? The dam in Superman? The plane crash in GoldenEye? I think they're pretty dreadful, to be honest.
Compare to, say, the train crash in The Fugitive. Or even the Hercules taking off in Living Daylights.

I think maybe the only model shot in GoldenEye which is convincing is the one of the MIGs taking off, you wouldn't know that was a model.

I haven't seen Superman for years, I think I only saw it as a child in the late 80s.  I have always been impressed by the shots of the Lotus and Neptune, they don't look like models to me.  I haven't seen Goldeneye in full so I can't comment on the plane crash or the MIGs taking off.

Have any of you seen Derek's effects in UFO, or any of the supermarionation series?

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Well the Lotus mostly isn't a model, it's fullsize. I think the closeups of it converting are a model and that's about it. The shot of the tiny little model Lotus approaching the window of Atlantis with an Alka Seltzer going off in it has never looked great to me. Or the speedboat ejecting from the Liparus with Anya onboard, I think that's pretty terrible to be honest.

I've seen lots of Gerry Anderson stuff and the models are lovely, but I tend to think they work in that world but rarely look big.

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Superman is irronically, a poor example.
Due to the politics surrounding the first
two films not all of the sequences on the first
one were Mr Medding work. the floodwaters from the
dam and Superman's improv rocks water diversion were
done by a different company. They are painfully poor.
For Bond, TSWLM, Moonraker and FYEO are excellent
examples.
   Thunderbirds and the later Supermarionation series speak
for themselves. Visually, they are still engaging over half a
century later.

   I do rate Mr Richardson's work too. What he did on
Raise The Titanic as well as TLD and LKT was very well
done.

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Ah I didn’t know that about Superman: thanks for that.

FYEO is some of his better work; you can still tell the docks are a model but it’s hidden reasonably well, and the St Georges and Neptune look good. Plus the forced perspective helicopter stuff at the beginning actually is flawless.
TSWLM I’m just not convinced about, I think there are a lot of really bad model shots in that one. The tiny bubbling Lotus, the speedboat... Atlantis is also a problem, and Ken Adam also has to be a bit to blame for it, because the design is so wild and unique that we have no visual reference to try and understand how big it’s supposed to be. That quick optical shot when Bond is approaching it for the first time in Naomi’s launch and someone has stuck an image of it onto the horizon is the only time it has any sense of scale. The model looks as big as it is, certainly not the size of an oil rig.

I didn’t know Richardson did Raise the Titanic; that’s very interesting. I’m afraid again, for me that’s just.. better.

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As far as I know, the ‚tiny bubbles‘ where a result of compressed or even exhaled air from real divers getting out of a full size model.
As far as I remember the decision was not to go „unbubbled‘ because it looked more realistic with them.
Also the Lotus conversion shots where to my knowledge done on several full size models....

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