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16. March 2016 16:12
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Rare 16mm Behind the Scenes Footage from Diamonds Are Forever

16. March 2016 16:12 by m | 0 Comments

I picked up this short, faded 16mm film reel on eBay last week, and had it sent directly to Q-branch for scanning. It turns out that the same footage appears on the Ultimate Edition DVD in a Special Feature called "Lesson #007: Close Quarter Combat". However, this 16mm version does not include the commentary from Guy Hamilton. Instead, it plays the James Bond Theme tune on repeat, with some of the ambient, on set sounds in between. The film reveals how the elevator fight between James Bond (Sean Connery) and Peter Franks (Joe Robinson) was choreographed and shot. Director Guy Hamilton is calling the shots, and stunt coordinator Bob Simmons is on hand to choreograph the sequence.

demonstrates how the color has been digitally restored from a red faded 16mm print

The original 16mm film reel is now up on eBay if you would like to add it to your own James Bond collection...

Download the 1080p version (470MB).

For the sake of completeness, here is the DVD version:

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