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Lamont, Peter (1929-)


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Now much associated with the James Bond films, Peter Lamont began as a draughtsman on such films as The Importance of Being Earnest (d. Anthony Asquith, 1952), then as set decorator, on (e.g.,) This Sporting Life (d. Lindsay Anderson, 1963) and Thunderball (d. Terence Young, 1965), then as art director for the first time on Sleuth (d. Joseph L.Mankiewicz, 1972). In this capacity he worked on several more Bond films before getting his first 'production designer' credit on For Your Eyes Only (d. John Glen, 1981). Since then, he has been a regular Bond collaborator, as the films' design has grown ever more extravagantly eye-catching.

He also worked in Hollywood, and, however silly one may find aspects of Titanic (US, d. James Cameron, 1997), there is no gainsaying its fabulous design, for which he shared a deserved Oscar and a BAFTA nomination. He shared awards on other films such as Fiddler on the Roof (US, d. Norman Jewison, 1971), The Spy Who Loved Me (d. Lewis Gilbert, 1977) and Aliens (US, d. James Cameron, 1986).

Brian McFarlane, Encyclopedia of British Film

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