We are so terribly sad to have learned of the death of June Randall. June may not be a household name, but she certainly deserves to be. Her career as a continuity supervisor spanned over 50 years and she worked on some of the biggest film and television productions from the 1950s to the 1990s.
June originally went to work in the industry having seen an advert for Gainsborough’s The Wicked Lady, and – hoping to meet James Mason – she turned up at the studio for a job. She didn’t meet Mr Mason, but it was the start of a career which saw her working with some of the all-time greats of the British film industry.
June’s early work in continuity included Quatermass 2 with Brian Donlevy, Look Back in Anger with Richard Burton, and The Punch and Judy Man with Tony Hancock. In the early 1960s June worked on both The Saint and The Avengers at Elstree Studios, and on the classic Hammer film The Devil Rides Out with Christopher Lee. June and star of The Saint Sir Roger Moore remained good friends for the rest of her life.
Although considering to take a short break from the industry, June instead ended up meeting Stanley Kubrick during pre-production of A Clockwork Orange and ended up working with the great director for not just that film but also Barry Lyndon and The Shining too. On A Clockwork Orange, June even had to lend her own underwear to a scene, and during The Shining, June had the task of going over the script with Scatman Crothers – including a scene which required a record number of takes.
At the same time June began her other long-standing career association with another British great – James Bond. June supervised continuity on no less than five James Bond films; from The Spy Who Loved Me, with her friend Sir Roger, all the way through to Pierce Brosnan’s first outing as Bond in GoldenEye.
Towards the end of her career, June worked on the cult classic Flash Gordon, Alien 3, and with Richard Attenborough on his epic Ghandi. One of the last films June worked on was Conspiracy, starring Kenneth Branagh and Stanley Tucci. June praised Tucci, in particular, for his ability to remember his exact movements in every single take – something a keen continuity supervisor must have appreciated!
In 2007, June Randall received a Lifetime Achievement award for her body of work as a Script Supervisor in films.
June will be remembered for the wonderful productions she worked on, but also as a sharp, witty, funny and lovely lady – who always had a mischievous twinkle in her eye, as well as her incredible attention to detail. We are so grateful for the time June spent with us, talking about her career – June was the very first interviewee for The Elstree Project and we will always be so grateful to her for getting us off to such a wonderful start; we couldn’t think of a better person to have been our first.
June Randall, 1927 – 2015
Here’s a link to June talking about her work on The Shining: