Stephen Boyd interviewed by John Neal – “The Man Who Never Wants to Pour Another Coffee”

What a great photo! Stephen looks like he’d ready to take on the world here. This is a fascinating read from very early on in Stephen’s budding career, or what the author dubs as “the greatest find since James Mason.” It also mentions the Clair Tree Major Stock company which Boyd toured America with in 1950 when he performed as Stanley Kowalski in “A Streetcar Named Desire”,  a performance which later Stephen would recall as his best.

ukclippings (1) - Copy

ukclippings (2)

ukclippings (4)

Feb 12, 1968 : Brigitte Bardot and Stephen Boyd “Shalako” romance rumors hit the headlines of the worldwide gossip columns

50 years ago today!

“Publicists on the Sean Connery-Brigitte Bardot film Shalako described its chemical formula as 007+BB=TNT. But there was a side-effect that sent SB+BB=HEADLINES. An American news agency report from Almeria, Southern Spain, where they were filming, told the world Brigitte had found “a new love interest” in Stephen Boyd.

Both Bardot and Boyd crisply denied the report and then refused to discuss it further. How did the report come about? Was there, despite the denials, any truth in it? These were the sort of questions I set out to answer.

I can now report that I am convinced there was a romance afoot, that Brigitte and Boyd openly displayed their affection for each other, but that publication of the report on their romance cooled it. ” Raymond Palmer from Photoplay in Almeria Spain, 1968.

PhotoplayFilm1968BardotBoydIMG_0002 (2)
https://stephenboydblog.com/stephen-boyd-and-brigitte-bardot/
Fullscreen capture 242018 85125 AM.bmp
February 12, 1968, Des Moines Tribune
Fullscreen capture 242018 90953 AM.bmp
The Central New Jersey Home News, February 12, 1968
Fullscreen capture 242018 91046 AM.bmp
Lansing State Journal, February 12, 1968
Fullscreen capture 242018 85319 AM.bmp
Philadelphia Daily News, Feb 13, 1968
Fullscreen capture 242018 85614 AM.bmp
Feb 13, 1968 Arizona Republic

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

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, 1969)

Nevertheless, now that the two actors were older, somehow the chemistry mix between them was just right. The vulnerable and emotional Bardot, on the brink of another divorce, this time with German millionaire Günther Sachs, was in need of a protective, friendly, warm, gentle shoulder to lean on and Stephen, of course, stepped into that role perfectly. Around the set of Shalako they became virtually inseparable. The photos below show a glimpse of their special personal chemistry and what Shalako producer Euan Lloyd called a “great friendship”.

For more about Brigitte and Stephen, see https://stephenboydblog.com/stephen-boyd-and-brigitte-bardot/

boydinpictute
“Bardot by Boyd….”Boyd by Bardot”

Fullscreen capture 1182015 42043 PM.bmp

shalkocamera3shalcamertumblr_nt4fswspLv1r2bruto1_500SHALAKOBRIGSBs-l1600Fullscreen capture 5292014 84416 PM.bmpshalakocamera

Hello, Handsome! 

This may well be my all time favorite Stephen Boyd picture! It captures his personality perfectly; the charm, the humor, the Irish glint in the eye, along with the sexy curl of hair at the top of his forehead. Hello Handsome indeed!!!

See full article “Killer Boyd” from Silver Screen Magazine, April 1963 here: https://stephenboydblog.com/archives/

“Twinkling, grey-blue eyes, rugged features, bushy eyebrows, wavy brown hair and a smile that ranges from impish to sexy…and not since Cary Grant has there been a cleft chin like Stephen Boyd’s – “  Movie Life Yearbook, 1960