Robert Brownjohn, Herbert Spencer. Preparatory Study for Goldfinger Title Sequence. 1964

Robert Brownjohn with Herbert Spencer Preparatory Study for Goldfinger Title Sequence 1964

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In preparing the title sequence for Goldfinger, Brownjohn—together with his assistant, Trevor Bond, and friend Herbert Spencer—experimented at length with camera angles and projected lighting in a darkened studio with actress Margaret Nolan. Brownjohn explained his exploratory method in an interview a couple years later: "It was all done in the camera, which is the way I like to do films, you know. I hate storyboards and scripts. It’s nice just to have an idea and go on the floor and play around with the camera and the lights, and then shoot what you want."

Gallery label from Goldfinger: The Design of an Iconic Film Title, October 5, 2012–March 18, 2013.
Collaborating artist
Photographer: Herbert Spencer
Silver-gelatin print
10 x 8" (25.4 x 20.3 cm)
Gift of Don Goeman
Object number
© 2021 Eliza Brownjohn
Architecture and Design

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