Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!
I’ve always been fascinated with movies that never happened, especially the ones that got really, really close with incredibly interesting people attached. Today’s photo is from a movie that got so close they actually shot a good chunk of it.
The film was called The Bells of Hell Go Ting-a-ling-a-ling (great title, no?) and was a 1966 World War 1 film about an air raid on a Zeppelin base set to star Gregory Peck. The screenplay was written by Roald Dahl (yes, that Roald Dahl) and was abandoned after unexpected heavy snowfall in Switzerland messed up the schedule and star Peck broke his ankle. That’s some Gilliam-level “God doesn’t want this movie to happen” shit right there.
So, I give you the very first BTS pic in this column’s history for a film that was never completed. If you look closely you’ll see a very, very young Ian McKellen in this shot. This was to be his first feature film appearance.
Thanks to Titan Books’ Tom Green for sending this one in! Click to enlargen.
That is just one of many awesome photos put out in the edition of the book Hollywood Movie Stills, which focuses on the art of onset still photography. You’ll see a few more images from the book pop up here over the next week and you can get the book yourself by clicking the below:
If you have a behind the scenes shot you’d like to submit to this column, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tomorrow’s pic has been workin’ like a dog!