John Stears

TV Actor

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. He also touched off an avalanche for On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), built flying cars for the musical film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968) and the Bond film The Man with the  ( Wikipedia article )


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