BSC Members Roster – Past Full Accredited

Ted Moore BSC

Category: Past Full Accredited

Role: Cinematographer

Website: IMDb

7.8.1914 - 1987


Born in Benoni, Western Cape, South Africa, Moore moved to Great Britain at the age of sixteen. By 1939 Moore was camera operator for the war drama Sons of the Sea directed by Maurice Elvey and photographed by Eric Cross BSC. During WWII, he served in the Royal Air Force later joining the Royal Air Force Film Production unit, honing his craft. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) as well as a French Croix De Geurre.

After the war he carried on as camera operator on such films as The African Queen (1951) directed by John Huston and photographed by Jack Cardiff BSC, The Red Beret (1953) directed by Terence Young and photographed by John Wilcox BSC, Hell Below Zero (1954) directed by Mark Robson and photographed by John Wilcox BSC, and The Black Knight (1954) directed by Tay Garnet and also photographed by John Wilcox BSC  

His first credit as DP was for A Prize of Gold (1955) directed by Mark Robson. He worked on a number of films for Irving Allen and Albert R. Broccoli's Warwick Films, including Cockleshell Heroes (1955) directed by Jose Ferrer, Zarak (1956) directed by Terence Young, Johnny Nobody (1961) directed by Nigel Patrick and No Time to Die (1958) directed by Terence Young, as well as their more high-minded 1960 production The Trials of Oscar Wilde directed by Ken Hughes.

In 1962 Broccoli and director Terence Young chose him as the cinematographer for an adaptation of Ian Fleming's Dr. No (1962). Moore would go on to make another six Bond films: From Russia with Love (1963) winning a BAFTA and a BSC Best Cinematography award, then Goldfinger (1964) directed by Guy Hamilton, Thunderball (1965) directed by Terence Young, Diamonds Are Forever (1971) and Live and Let Die (1973) both directed by Guy Hamilton, and portions of The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) also directed by Guy Hamilton, on which he was replaced due to illness by Oswald Morris OBE BSC. Although he eventually recovered, he never returned to the franchise.

In addition, Moore won a BAFTA and an Oscar for his camerawork for 1967's Best Picture, A Man for All Seasons directed by Fred Zinneman, becoming the first South African to win an Academy Award. He also worked on the 1962 cult classic The Day of the Triffids directed by Steve Sekely and the uncredited, Freddie Francis BSC, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969) directed by Ronald Neame, The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1973) directed by Gorden Hessler, Orca (1977) directed by Michael Anderson, and Clash of the Titans (1981) directed by Desmond Davis.

His last credit is for the cinematography of the 1982 TV movie Charles and Diana: A Royal Love Story directed by James Goldstone.