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Thank you to
Christina Hayward (nee Morse) for sharing her memories with me of
the filming of the title sequence.
||"We were not asked to go naked
as mentioned, as in those days it was against the
law to move if you were naked. We were given two
plasters to cover our nipples which were not
waterproof so came off and we had a small
triangle to cover the front strategic area and we
were covered in black pan cake which took days to
remove. Filming was not too great as we had to
swim beneath a rostrum of wood and 11 foot down
and in cold water. Holding our breath was quite a
feat swimming from one end to the other as
Maurice was hoping that by having the rostrum it
would prevent the water from moving too much!!!
We were booked for one day but luckily for us the
camera guy hung it out for three days."
||"The only thing I remember of
Maurice Binder was that he took photographs of
Jeans backside as she used to do a dolphin
dive to get down to the depth we had to swim in
front of the camera, as I mentioned this was 11ft
down, quite heavy on the lungs as the water was
so cold. When I had to get down to the depth for
filming I used my arms, it shows this on one of
the photographs - I thought it was most unelegant.
On another shot I was told to swim towards the
camera and as I was going up to spread my legs
open (I thought that was a bit purvey!!!)"
||"The only thing that sticks in
my mind was that we were chauffeured to and from
home and our pay was £27.00 per day. At my day
job I was getting £13.00 per week as a typist!!
At the time it was just another film to earn a
few pennies, but who would have thought how many
times these films would be played in the next 50
years, I only wish we could have got royalties!!"
the pre-credit sequence, Bond's Aston Martin
sprays the villains, and the screen fills with
water. I thought it could lead into the girls
swimming around, so I shot them in an underwater
tank, in silhouette. These were two gals who swam
professionally, in nightclub tanks, but they said
they didn't want to swim nude. I told them that
if they wore bikinis, it wouldn't quite work. As
a compromise they agreed to makeup as dark as
possible. Then they walked out on the deck of the
tank, absolutely nude and said: "This is not
us. We're unrecognizable." We photographed
them underwater against white panel and I did the
bubbles against a black velvet background. It was
all shot in black and white and I put the colour
global success of 'Goldfinger' the next film in the
series was filmed for the first time in anamorphic
widescreen (Panavision - 2.35 : 1), giving the film the
epic look. The original gun barrel had featured Bob
Simmons on black and white film. The 'Thunderball' gun
barrel was filmed with Sean Connery on colour film.