Sarah Rose Crawford got in touch with me about recreating Bond girl Honey Rider’s (Ursula Andress) famous emergence from the sea scene in Dr. No on Hessle Foreshore. The weather was spectacularly good in the bright early November sunshine but a long way from that of Jamaica where the film was made however this is Hullywood and we made good.
For the first Bond girl Honey Ryder, Julie Christie was considered, but discarded as the producers felt she was not voluptuous enough. Just two weeks before filming began, Ursula Andress was chosen to play Honey after the producers saw a picture of her taken by Andress’ then-husband John Derek. To appear more convincing as a Jamaican, Andress had a tan painted on her and ultimately had her lines redubbed by voice actress Nikki van der Zyl due to Andress’ heavy Swiss German accent
Jo Hill contacted me about recreating the famous bed scene in which Uma Thurman as Mia Wallace smokes a cigarette whilst holding a gun lies on a bed. I couldn’t resist the challenge. We completed the shoot at Mercure Hull Royal Hotel who lent us a room for the shoot.
David Osgerby approached me about playing Dr Jack Griffin to recreate the classic 1933 B movie The Invisible Man. A science fiction horror film based on H. G. Wells’ science fiction novel of the same name, published in 1897, as adapted by R.C. Sheriff, Philip Wylie and Preston Sturges. Produced by Universal Studios, the film was directed by James Whale and stars Claude Rains, in his first American screen appearance, and Gloria Stuart. It spawned a number of sequels, plus many spinoffs using the idea of an “invisible man” that were largely unrelated to Wells’ original story.
Rains portrayed the Invisible Man (Dr. Jack Griffin) mostly only as a disembodied voice. Rains is only shown clearly for a brief time at the end of the film, spending most of his on-screen time covered by bandages.
George was so taken by his role that he is planning some performances as ‘The Invisible Poet’ at the Union Mashup in 2017.