Michael Reed

Michael Reed is best known as a frequent collaborator on the iconic Hammer B-movie horror films, such as "Dracula: Prince of Darkness" and "The Gorgon". The Hammer films were often mocked for their contrived storylines ... Read more »

Filmography

Camera, Film, & Tape (23)

Loophole 1986 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Philip Marlowe, Private Eye 1982 - 1986 (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Wild Geese II 1985 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Kim 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Scandalous 1984 (Movie)

(Photography)

The Passage 1979 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

No Longer Alone 1977 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Stick Up 1977 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

Shout at the Devil 1975 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Hiding Place 1974 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Galileo 1973 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Ghost in the Noonday Sun 1973 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Hireling 1972 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

Z.P.G. 1972 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Groundstar Conspiracy 1971 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Von Richthofen and Brown 1970 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

On Her Majesty's Secret Service 1969 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The McKenzie Break 1969 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Guns in the Heather 1968 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Our Man in Marrakesh 1966 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Dracula - Prince of Darkness 1964 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Three Lives of Thomasina 1963 (Movie)

director of photography 2nd unit (Director of Photography)

Prehistoric Women (Movie)

(Cinematographer)
Music (3)

Something to Cheer About 2007 (Movie)

music director (Music)

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Music

Andrew Lloyd Webber 50th Birthday Celebration 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Music Supervisor
Visual Effects & Animation (2)

Maurice Sendak's Little Bear 1995 - 2002 (TV Show)

Visual Effects

Scandalous 1984 (Movie)

title sequence (Titles)
Other (1)

Moving Target 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Production Assistant

Biography

Michael Reed is best known as a frequent collaborator on the iconic Hammer B-movie horror films, such as "Dracula: Prince of Darkness" and "The Gorgon". The Hammer films were often mocked for their contrived storylines and clunky dialogue (as Dracula, Christopher Lee opted to perform an entirely silent role after reading the reportedly dreadful script!). However, critics lauded Michael Reed's atmospheric photography, especially given his budgetary constraints. Reed got to display his signature style in the much more commercially successful "On Her Majesty's Secret Service", the sixth film in the Bond franchise. Again, while some critics had issues with the movie (George Lazenby's casting, for one), they reserved their praise for Reed's cinematography. In no small part due to Reed's unique approach, many fans and critics alike consider "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" to be one of the best Bond films, even despite Sean Connery's conspicuous absence. Indeed, Reed's calculated use of darkness, which evoked his earlier work in the horror genre, lent the film a level of realism and gravitas unprecedented in the Bond series. That same moody tone was apparent in his later work for the TV series "Philip Marlowe, Private Eye". Based on Raymond Chandler's noir-ish novels about a private detective, the series made good use of Reed's penchant for gloomy and foreboding photography.

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