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Les Bowie (1913–1979)

Before the advent of computer-generated special effects, pioneers in the field managed to create movie magic, despite often restrictive budgets. Les Bowie was one of the best. He began work as a scenic artist at Denham, Pinewood and Shepperton studios in 1946, under the auspices of W. Percy Day. Bowie made his initial mark by developing a faster ... See full bio »

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Superman Visual Effects
Casino Royale Visual Effects
The Pirates of Blood River Special Effects
The Devil-Ship Pirates Special Effects


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 1977 Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger (models - uncredited)
 1976 To the Devil a Daughter (special effects)
 1975 The Lifetaker (special effects)
 1975 The 'Human' Factor (special effects)
 1974 Shatter (special effects)
 1974 The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires (special effects)
 1974 Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell (special effects - uncredited)
 1973 Holiday on the Buses (special effects)
 1973 The Satanic Rites of Dracula (special effects)
 1973 Nothing But the Night (special effects)
 1972 Double Take (special effects)
 1972 Dracula A.D. 1972 (special effects)
 1972 Vampire Circus (special effects)
 1971 Gumshoe (special effects - uncredited)
 1970 All the Way Up (special effects - uncredited)
 1969 Moon Zero Two (special effects)
 1969 Mosquito Squadron (special effects - uncredited)
 1969 The Assassination Bureau (special effects)
 1968 Great Catherine (special effects - uncredited)
 1968 The Devil Rides Out (special effects - uncredited)
 1968 Attack on the Iron Coast (special effects - uncredited)
 1968 The Vengeance of She (special effects - uncredited)
 1968 2001: A Space Odyssey (special effects additional supervisor - uncredited)
 1968 Submarine X-1 (special effects - uncredited)
 1967 Quatermass and the Pit (special effects - uncredited)
 1967 A Challenge for Robin Hood (special effects - uncredited)
 1967 Those Fantastic Flying Fools (special effects)
 1967 The Magnificent Two (special effects - uncredited)
 1967 They Came from Beyond Space (special effects - uncredited)
 1967 Frankenstein Created Woman (special effects)
 1967 The Mummy's Shroud (special effects - uncredited)
 1967 The Terrornauts (special effects - uncredited)
 1966 The Quiller Memorandum (special effects)
 1966 Fahrenheit 451 (special effects - uncredited)
 1966 Cul-de-sac (special effects - uncredited)
 1966 Modesty Blaise (special effects - uncredited)
 1966 The Reptile (special effects)
 1966 Dracula: Prince of Darkness (special effects - uncredited)
 1966 The Plague of the Zombies (special effects - uncredited)
 1965 A High Wind in Jamaica (special effects - uncredited)
 1965 City in the Sea (special effects)
 1965/I She (special effects - uncredited)
 1964 First Men in the Moon (technical staff)
 1964 The Devil-Ship Pirates (special effects)
 1964 The Evil of Frankenstein (special effects)
 1964 Nightmare (special effects - uncredited)
 1963 The Old Dark House (special effects)
 1963 The Crimson Blade (special effects)
 1963 The Kiss of the Vampire (special effects)
 1963 Sword of Lancelot (matte artist - uncredited)
 1963 Paranoiac (special effects)
 1962 These Are the Damned (special effects - uncredited)
 1962 Night Creatures (special effects)
 1962 The Pirates of Blood River (special effects)
 1961 The Day the Earth Caught Fire (special effects)
 1961 The Curse of the Werewolf (special effects)
 1961 The Shadow of the Cat (special effects)
 1961 Scream of Fear (special effects - uncredited)
 1961 Doctor Blood's Coffin (special effects - as Leslie Bowie)
 1959 The Ugly Duckling (special effects)
 1958 The Crawling Eye (special effects - uncredited)
 1958 The Haunted Strangler (special effects)
 1958 Horror of Dracula (special effects - uncredited)
 1957 Town on Trial (special effects - as Leslie Bowie)
 1956 X the Unknown (special effects - uncredited)
 1956 One Wish Too Many (special effects - uncredited)
 1955 The Quatermass Xperiment (special effects)
 1955 John and Julie (special effects - uncredited)
 1950 So Long at the Fair (special effects)
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