MOORE, TED

Entry Source: The James Bond Movie Encyclopedia by Steven Jay Rubin


(August 7, 1914–1987): Academy Award–winning South African cinematographer who photographed Dr. No, From Russia with Love, Goldfinger, Thunderball, Diamonds Are Forever, Live and Let Die, and The Man with the Golden Gun.

A native of Western Cape, South Africa, Moore broke into show business as a member of the camera crew on director Maurice Elvey’s war drama Sons of the Sea (1939), which featured character actor Ian Fleming (no relation to the Bond author) as a naval intelligence officer. Three years later, he received his first opportunity as camera operator on Charles Frend’s war drama The Big Blockade (1942). He continued in that discipline on a number of films, including three coproduced by Albert R. Broccoli: Paratrooper (1953), a.k.a. The Red Beret; Hell Below Zero (1954); and The Black Knight (1954).

After getting a break as second unit director of photography on Terence Young’s Safari (1956), also produced by Cubby Broccoli, Moore won his solo DP spurs on another Broccoli production, A Prize of Gold (1955). He later received his Academy Award for Best Cinematography (Color) on A Man for All Seasons (1966). Moore was also director of photography on Nine Hours to Rama (1963); Day of the Triffids (1963); Shalako (1968), with Sean Connery; The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1973), Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger (1977), and Clash of the Titans (1981).