John Stears Special Effects Supervisor

John stears

John Stears (August 25, 1934 - June 28, 1999) known as 'the Dean of Special Effects' and 'The Real Q' was an Academy Award winning special effects expert, who created James Bond's lethal Aston Martin DB5, Luke Skywalker's Landspeeder, the Jedi Knights' lightsabers, the endearing robots R2-D2 and C-3PO as well as a host of other movie gadgets and special effects. Regarded in the movie industry as the dean of special-effects artists, Mr. Stears added his inventions and calamities to the first eight James Bond thrillers, won an Oscar in 1965 for Thunderball, and shared a special-effects Academy Award in 1977 for Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. John Stears created some of the most famous scenes in the movies. He blew up the villain's Jamaican hideout at the end of Dr. No (1962), and for Goldfinger (1964), he created Agent 007's celebrated Aston Martin DB5, featuring bullet-proof windows, revolving license plates, forward-firing machine guns, a rear oil-slick dispenser and a passenger-side ejector seat.

Personal details

Date of birth
August 25th, 1934
Nationality
United Kingdom
Date of death
June 28th, 1999 at age of 64
Place of death
Pacific Palisades, California, United States of America

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Guest TV appearances

The Academy Awards

Program genre

Reality television
Award show
Special Interest

External resources

The Academy Awards is a TV program.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S00-E01 April 3rd, 1978

Awards won

1977 Academy Award for Best Visual Effects

Awarded for Presented by Discipline Award shared with
Star Wars Science Fiction Film
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Grant McCune

1965 Academy Award for Best Visual Effects

Awarded for Presented by Discipline Award shared with
Thunderball Spy Film
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Wikipedia

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