Stephen and the Bombshells! – Stephen Boyd talks about filming sexy scenes

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Anecdotes of Sexy Scenes

by Dorothy Manners, September 11, 1966

Stephen Boyd and I were talking about the hot love scenes, particularly in foreign films. They have become so completely accepted by American audiences there’s considerable talk about up-dating and revising the Code (Motion Picture Association of America’s Seal of Approval- in other words the guide-line of the censor) to allow for more leeway for mature sex in scripts.

“Everyone seems to be in a swivit about sex on the screen except the actors who actually play the scenes. There’s a good reason. Nine out of ten times the big, passionate kiss-and-clutch sequences are literally a pain in the neck if not downright ludicrous!” said Stephen.

He knows

He should know what he’s talking about. The good looking Irishman has wallowed around romantically with more sex sirens than almost any other actor. His list of the ‘kissed’ includes Brigitte Bardot, Joan Collins, Diane Cilento, Gina Lollobrigida, Francoise Dorleac, Eleanor Parker, Elke Sommer, Yvette Mimieaux, Sophia Loren.

Ironically, in his newest picture on display, “Fantastic Voyage,” there’s not one kiss- even a little one with the newest sex symbol, Raquel Welch! The 20th Century Fox hit is concerned with other matters.

As Steve pits it: “Our director Richard Fleischer was too busy with our cast of millions – of antibodies, the red and white corpuscles, cells, dendrites, lymph nodes, arteries – in the inner-body sequences. I guess he rightly figured there’s enough dangers and suspense in that strange, weirdly beautiful, fantastic inner-body voyage we take to food around with outer-bodies.” To know fully what Stephen’s talking about – see the picture.

But in every other film he’s starred in, Steve has done his share of osculatory research.

Never forget

Boyd chuckled, “I’ll never forget the big moment of passion between Gina Lollobrigida and myself in ‘Imperial Venus.’ I had to grab Gina, kiss her so passionately that our knees gave out from under us, and we sank gradually and gracefully to the floor- it said in the script. And that’s the way the director insisted we play it.

“What actually happened is that I’d grab Gina and she’d swoon. But as we tried to sink to the floor our knees would bump together, we’d have to fight to keep out balance and rehearsal after rehearsal we’d wind up roaring with laughter. Censors? They never crossed our mind.

In steel armour

“In ‘Fall of the Roman Empire’ with Sophia Loren, I was encased in steel armor in our big love scenes! As I’d lift my arms to embrace Sophia, the neck of the armour went up and pressed on my Adam’s apple and at the same time the helmet was being pressed downward on my head. The ensuing kiss we exchanged felt more like the survivors of an endurance contest.

“With Brigitte Bardot in ‘The Night Heaven Fell,’ we had a pip of a passionate moment. Because of the unusually beautiful camera effect the director, Roger Vadim, had us posed on a rocky cliff for the big clutch. The implication was that we were literally on the point of disaster. It proved to be right. Just as we kissed, my feet slipped and we fell Jack-and-Jill style right down the hill! We were both so bruised we couldn’t work for days.”

Steve looked at his watch because he was due at the airport to catch a plane to San Francisco for an appearance with ‘Fantastic Voyage.’ But he had time for one more anecdote of the non-sexiness of sexy scenes.

“It’s the REAL topper,” he grinned. “In ‘The Oscar,’ Elke Sommer and I were making mad love in a car speeding down the freeway to Tijuana. It was sufficiently disconcerting to be speeding and kissing at the same time into a camera mounted on the hood of our car. But driving directly behind us was her husband, Joe Hyams! And he’s JEALOUS! Try that for a romantic mood sometime,” said Steve before he sped away.

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Stephen Boyd talks about kissing Sophia Loren

“Kissing Sophia Tough When You’re In Armor”

February 16, 1964 (The Bridgeport Post)
Hollywood- – (AP)

Stephen Boyd tells the hard luck story of the year even thought it involves kissing Sophia Loren in “Fall of the Roman Empire.”

“Wouldn’t you know it?” asks the Irishman now an American citizen. “I’m wearing medieval armor. Now kissing Sophia is a rare pleasure – but in steel armor?

“As you lift up your arms, the neck of the armor goes up and presses on your Adam’s apple. At the same time, the helmet comes down on your head.

“You try to look romantic but actually you’re choking to death. The kiss becomes a gasp because you’re trying to get from air into you.

“Only Sophia makes it worthwhile.”

Brigitte Bardot hosts a St. Patrick’s Party for Stephen Boyd, March 1968

Happy St. Patrick’s week everyone! I am having a great time this week putting together obscure Stephen Boyd –  St. Patrick’s Day related stuff, so enjoy.

During the filming of Shalako in Almeria, Spain in March of 1968, Brigitte Bardot took the time to host a special St. Patrick’s Day party for her friend Stephen Boyd. This was a tumultuous time for Bardot. Her husband Gunther Sachs was pushing for a divorce as rumors were spreading like wildfire about Bardot and Boyd on the set of Shalako. Both Bardot and Boyd were denying that they were anything but good friends, but the overt displays of affection were causing quite a stir.  Bardot had tried to alleviate her husband’s fears by taking a short retreat to Switzerland with him during the early part of March 1968. When she returned to Spain, she promptly organized what columnist Dorothy Manners described as a ‘St Patrick’s Day’ birthday party for Stephen Boyd. Here’s the newspaper snippet from March 27, 1968. It describes Boyd as ‘one of BB’s favorite admirers on and off the set.’

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Anderson Daily Bulletin, March 27, 1968

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Bardot and Boyd on the set of SHALAKO in 1968- more than ‘good friends?’