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Julie Harris dies at 94; Beatles, James Bond costume designer

Julie Harris dies at 94; Beatles, James Bond costume designer
Oscar-winning British costume designer Julie Harris, right, watches actress Ursula Andress on the set of the James Bond spoof "Casino Royale." (Associated Press)

Julie Harris, an Academy Award-winning costume designer who outfitted James Bond and the Beatles, has died at 94.

Harris died Sunday at a London hospital after suffering from a chest infection, said Jo Botting, a British Film Institute curator and friend.

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Harris played a major role in capturing the look of 1960s Swinging London on film. She dressed the Beatles for both "A Hard Day's Night" and "Help!" — saying later, "I must be one of the few people who can claim they have seen John, Paul, George and Ringo naked."

She won an Oscar for "Darling," a style-setting film about London models and media types starring Dirk Bogarde and Julie Christie, and a British film award, the BAFTA, for the 1966 Michael Caine comedy "The Wrong Box."

Harris worked on the James Bond spoof "Casino Royale" in 1967 and created costumes for Roger Moore's first outing as 007, "Live and Let Die," in 1973. She designed for a vampiric Frank Langella in a 1979 version of "Dracula," and for "The Great Muppet Caper" (1981).

Harris is survived by a goddaughter, Serena Dilnot.

news.latimes.com

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