Rare Behind the Scenes Photos of Stephen Boyd and Brigitte Bardot from “The Night Heaven Fell” (1957)

I was never a fan of BB she was a strange creature the only thing was that she loved animals as for Stephen Boyd I adored him he was so handsome and a great actor Hollywood never gave him the credit he deserved.

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A press writer wrote this once about Stephen:

I have always felt that Stephen Boyd deserved to do well. For did he not essay his first star part opposite Brigitte Bardot- and if that isn’t learning to swim at the deep end, I don’t know what is.

I saw a lot of him at that time in Southern Spain. He was in despair and Bardot was in what is euphemistically referred to as the altogether. The altogether what? (“She is delighted with CinemaScope,” Boyd said at the time. “It means she can start off fully clothed at one side of the screen and be nude by the time she gets to the other.”)

I told him then that things could only get better.(Roderick Mann, London Express Service, El Paso, Herald Post, Saturday Jan 26, 1967)

The film of which he describes is the Roger Vadim flick called “The…

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Stephen Boyd explains Brigitte Bardot and Ava Gardner appeal, 1958

I prefer Ava Gardner she’s taller and more beautiful than BB

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“A bundle of curves” : Ava Gardner and Brigitte Bardot

French Sexpot Described by British Actor

By Lee Belser

Corsicana Daily Sun March 3, 1958

It isn’t necessary to be a sexpot to be a movie star, but it helps.

In the case of France’s Brigitte Bardot it is phenomenal and in the words of one of her recent co-stars “she is even Frenchier than the French.”

Stephen Boyd, a moody-looking Britisher is on location here with “The Bravados” company just finished a picture in Spain with the French sex kitten.

“She is terrific,” He said. “She knows just what she’s doing and where the money is coming from.”

Doubts Temperamental

Bardot, whose films are drawing American customers by the thousands, is reportedly one of the wealthiest gals in France and one of the most temperamental.

“I don’t really think she’s temperamental,” said Boyd, “She just does as she pleases…

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Lollobrigida, Loren, Bardot, Gréco–who were Stephen’s favorites?

To each is own but I wouldn’t choose any one of them that’s my opinion 😉
I’m just wondering what Stephen Boyd thought of Delores Hart she was a beautiful lady and a great actress?

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Stephen Boyd had the good fortune of starring with some of the most beautiful and famous actresses in the world. He always had very high praise for each one of them individually. But occasionally he was put on the spot by a reporter and asked to pick a favorite. Stephen would always take this with a sense of humor. So how did Stephen’s co-stars fare? Who were his favorites?

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Sophia Loren and Gina Lollobrigida were both the premiere movie stars from Italy in the late 1950’s and into the 1960’s. Both were legendary in their beauty and their va-va-voom figures. So which of these lovely Italian superstars was Boyd’s favorite?

Reporter Erskine Johnson asked Boyd this exact question in 1963. – Chunky, rugged, dimple- in- the- chin Steve Boyd had just completed…

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Stephen Boyd and Brigitte Bardot- The filming of ‘The Night Heaven Fell’ 1957

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TCM will be airing The Night Heaven Fell in August for Brigitte Bardot day. The filming of The Night Heaven Fell started in late 1957. It was Vadim and Bardot’s first venture following the iconic movie And God Created Woman.’ Erotic content was still the name of the game in Les Bijoutiers du Clair de Lune.

“Brigitte runs off with Boyd, who has murdered her uncle in a vendetta, and holes up with him for a week of violent sado-masochistic sex in the Spanish mountains.” (Bardot by Glenys Roberts) Being both a Bardot fan and a Boyd fan, I think this is actually one of Bardot’s best roles. I like this movie much more than And God Created Woman as I think Bardot seems to be more herself in this role. I also think Boyd is fantastic in this film, even though he is over-dubbed in…

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During the filming of “Shalako”, Brigitte Bardot and Stephen Boyd enjoy taking pictures–of each other!

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In early 1968, Stephen Boyd and Brigitte Bardot were quite enamored with each other during the making of “Shalako”. The pair had become good friends back in 1957 while filming “The Night Heaven Fell”, and had meet at least twice since, once in 1960 in Paris and also in London during 1961. In 1969, a journalist teased Stephen that he never met up with BB between husbands!

Steve Boyd is one of the nicest leading men in the industry. I’ve never known him to be anything but gentlemanly (darn it!) Recently, I asked him if his romance with Brigutte Bardot was real. “She is a lovely woman, but she is married. I’ve known her for many years, and she has always been married, not to the same man, however.”Steve, how come you play it safe and never meet up with her between marriages, hmmmm?(Detroit Free Press, July 27…

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Bonnie and Clyde, JFK assassination, Audie Murphy – East Texas

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Brigitte Bardot as Bonnie for her song “Bonnie and Clyde” with Serge Gainsbourg

I am making a quick road trip around Dallas and East Texas ( The 6th Floor Museum in Dallas is amazing!) I hope to get pictures of the plantation used in “Slaves” soon….keeping my fingers crossed! Also saw a great Audie Murphy museum in Greenville, Texas. Enjoy the pics!

Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow Graves (2 different graveyards)

Lee Harvey Oswald’s House and Texas Theatre

JFK Sixth floor museum and “The Grassy Knoll”

Audie Murphy American Cotton Museum, Greenville Texas

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Stephen Boyd and Susan Hayward in “Woman Obsessed”, 1959

This was a great movie Stephen Boyd and Susan Hayward were so good together they had great chemistry this movie should’ve been nominated for an Oscar I loved the little boy he was such a good actor I’ve watched this movie about seven times the more I see it the more I like it RIP Stephen Boyd and Susan Hayward gone but not forgotten 😥💔💋💜❤️

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Fullscreen capture 1082016 15123 PM.bmp.jpgStephen filmed “Woman Obsessed’ with Academy Award winning actress Susan Hayward at 20th Century Fox Studios in the early months of 1959, very soon after he had finished working on “Ben Hur” at Cinecittà Studios in Italy for MGM. It is a movie based on a novel by John Mantley called “The Snow Birch”.  It was directed by Henry Hathaway  (“Niagara” and “True Grit”).  It was more of a ‘hunky’ role for Boyd, but he definitely made the most of his time on screen. Working with an A list actress like Hayward was also a benefit.  Susan Hayward had just won the Academy Award for her role in the dramatic film “I Want to Live!” Hayward was 14 years older than Boyd.  Apparently Hayward started to pick up Boyd’s Irish accent during their scenes together.  Boyd would later say that Hayward was one of the sexiest actresses he ever worked…

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Stephen Boyd: “Hollywood Star Who Never Forgot His Roots” (an interview with Rita Millar)

He never got the credit he deserved he should’ve gotten an Oscar for Ben-Hur the death scene alone deserved a second Oscar the scene was so real RIP Massala 😥💔

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*Thanks to Emmanuel in France for sending me this article by email!  This is a fascinating interview of Stephen Boyd’s sister, Rita, recalling his life. I don’t  have a specific date on the article, but it was found by Brigitte Ivory who ran the first Stephen Boyd web tribute page and also appeared in his bio ‘The Man Who Never Was’ on BBC* 

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Stephen Boyd may have lived the life of a glamorous movie star, but he never forgot his family back home in Glengormley. According to his sister, Rita Millar, the actor who found fame on the silver screen made a point of coming home after every film and retained close links with friends in the village where he grew up.

Rita, who has returned to Newtownabbey after spending 24 years in Atlanta, Georgia, is one of five surviving members of the Millar family. The eldest son of the…

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