Willy Bogner, Jr
Ski cameraman - On Her Majesty's Secret Service, The Spy Who Loved Me, For Your Eyes Only and A View to a Kill.
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Willy Bogner, Jr. is a former alpine ski racer from West Germany and a renowned fashion designer and inheritor of the Bogner clothing brand, originally set up as "Willy-Bogner-Skivertrieb" by his father, Willy Bogner, Sr.
Born in Munich, Bogner competed for the Unified Team of Germany shortly after turning 18 at the 1960 Winter Olympics in Squaw Valley. He led the competition in the men's slalom after the first run, but fell during the second run. That season, he won the prestigious Lauberhorn downhill at Wengen, Switzerland. In 1962, he became double world student champion in alpine skiing's slalom and alpine combined event.
Willy Bogner, Jr. was a familiar face in the international ski scene until 1967, when he decided to concentrate his efforts on film-making.
He has worked as a cameraman in several films requiring complex ski footage. His most notable work in this field can be seen in James Bond films from the 1960s through to the 1980s, specifically On Her Majesty's Secret Service, The Spy Who Loved Me, For Your Eyes Only and A View to a Kill – for which he won the prestigious Bambi Award in 1985 and the Bavarian Film Award, Special Prize, in 1986. Playing James Bond in all but the first of these, Roger Moore wears Bogner ski wear, as do many other characters in skiing scenes.
Bogner continues to be active within both the fashion and film aspects of his career. In 1998 he produced and presented his own weekly TV series, Willy Bogner's Snow Show, and since then he has also produced several specialist ski films, the most impressive of which are his IMAX movies. Meanwhile, the Bogner brand continues to roll out seasonal collections and even boasts its own cosmetics range for men and women (debuted in 1985 and expanded fourteen years later).
Willy Bogner, Jr Filmography