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Cinematographer Alan Hume (1924-2010)

By: Anders Frejdh
Alan Hume cinematographer
We are very sad to announce the death of veteran British cinematographer Alan Hume.

For those of you who were lucky to meet Alan at one of Bondstars events will agree he was a kind, gentle and generous man retelling countless stories and anecdotes from his incredible career. Our thoughts are with Sheila and the rest of the Hume family, he will very much missed by us all.

Alan began his career as a clapper loader and focus puller at Alexander Korda’s Denham Studios; where he worked extensively with David Lean.

Fast progressing to camera operator, Alan worked on dozens of films including Dance Little Lady (1954) for Val Guest, Three Men in a Boat (1956) for Ken Annakin and The Green Man (1956) for Robert Day. He then began a very long and successful partnership with director Gerald Thomas and the Carry On films.

Starting on the very first – Carry On Sergeant (1958) as operator – Alan progressed to Director Of Photography and lensed the last in the series in 1992.

In 1976, John Glen invited Alan to work with him on the second unit of The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and the amazing ski-jump that graces the pre-titles sequence. This lead to Alan being invited to ‘light’ John Glen directorial debut, For Your Eyes Only (1981).

Alan ‘lit’ two more Bond films – Octopussy (1983) (1983) and A View to a Kill (1985), both with Roger Moore as 007.

He was also Director Of Photography on Star Wars: Return Of The Jedi (1983), A Fish Called Wanda (1988), Shirley Valentine (1989) and a number of films with director Kevin Connor including From Beyond the Grave (1974) and Warlords Of Atlantis (1978).

Alan worked on more than 200 films and tv series. In 2004 he published his autobiography:
A Life Through the Lens: Memoirs of a Film Cameraman.

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