Ted Moore (1914-1988) became a legend in the film industry for his technical genius as a cameraman. Born in South Africa, he arrived in England in the 1930s and worked as an apprentice in the camera department of the B and D Studios. He served during World War II as an RAF pilot and later with the RAF's Film Unit, flying in many combat missions, he received decorations for bravery. After the war, he worked as a camera operator in the British Film industry and by the mid 1960s Cubby Brocolli and Irving Allen had employed Moore as lighting cameraman on many films. His credits include The Trials of Oscar Wilde and the early Bond films Dr. No, Goldfinger, From Russia With Love (for which he won a BAFTA award - see lot 176) Thunderball, Diamonds Are Forever, Live and Let Die and Man with the Golden Gun. The only Academy Award Moore received was for A Man For All Seasons which film critics and friends alike felt was barely sufficient reward for the many beautifully photographed films he lit.
The 'Stella' award, such as the figure in this lot, was manufactured by the Wedgwood Company for the Society of Film and Television Arts between 1967-1975 when it was replaced by a mask. The SFTA changed its name to BAFTA - The British Association of Film and Television Arts - on March 10th 1976 at the Royal Opening of their headquarters in Piccadilly.