Today: May 27, 2024

The Art Of Film: Terry Ackland-Snow

You may not know his name, but you certainly know his work.

Terry Ackland-Snow has worked on more than 80 feature films, including two James Bonds (On Her Majesty’s Secret Service and The Living Daylights), Aliens, Batman, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Labyrinth, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. He’s also contributed to numerous classic TV shows such as The Avengers, Dangerman, and Inspector Morse. 

From being held hostage by a wannabe film crew in Jamaica, to forgetting to add doors to the Batmobile--Terry has been there, done that. This March, The History Press will be releasing Terry’s remarkable memoir, in which he shares his wild anecdotes and fascinating experiences of working with the great and the good in movie-land.

The Art Of Film: Working On James Bond, Aliens, Batman And More by Terry Ackland-Snow is 256 pages packed with hundreds of personal photos and production sketches—many previously unpublished.

Informative, accessible, and huge fun, The Art Of Film takes fans on an extraordinary journey through the 50-year career of a legendary Art Director—making it an essential read for lovers of classic cinema. 

Terry Ackland-Snow has has worked on film sets since he was 18 and has been the Chair of the British Film Designers Guild, as well as an adjudicator for the BAFTAs. He now teaches art direction training courses at Pinewood Studios. 

His co-author, Wendy Laybourn, has worked in the film industry since the early 1970s and has spent the past few years helping the future generation of filmmakers to understand the skills and crafts involved

The Art Of Film: Working On James Bond, Aliens, Batman And More (ISBN 0750997427) is available in hardback, RRP £25, from  24th March.


Paula Hammond - Features Editor

Paula Hammond is a full-time, freelance journalist. She regularly writes for more magazines than is healthy and has over 25 books to her credit. When not frantically scribbling, she can be found indulging her passions for film, theatre, cult TV, sci-fi and real ale. If you should spot her in the pub, after five rounds rapid, she’ll be the one in the corner mumbling Ghostbusters quotes and waiting for the transporter to lock on to her signal… Email:

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