It’s news that’s spreading like wildfire, veteran film maker Tony Scott has died aged 68. The news is stating an apparent suicide with Mr Scott jumping off one of Los Angeles suspension bridges in the city’s Harbour area, shocking news and very unexpected too. It was revealed by a close source he was suffering from inoperable brain cancer however Scott’s wife is now denying that report
Tony Scott was born in North Shields, North East England in 1944, he is the younger brother of Prometheus director Ridley a film Tony produced as well. He grew up In West Hartlepool , Stockton-On-Tees areas going to art school to be a painter which he graduated as but coaxed into film by his brother to help him on his debut short film Boy And Bicycle. He joined his brother making adverts in at Ridley Scott Associates before making his television debut on French tv with Henry James The Author Of Beltraffio. After several attempts to bring Anne Rice’s Interview With A Vampire to the big screen he would make his debut on the big screen with a different type of Vampire with The Hunger for MGM.
The film was not a box office success in 1982 however 3 years later this is where the fun started for Scott when he was approached by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer to direct Top Gun thanks to a recent SAAB car advert. This was not just the film that introduced Scott to the Hollywood elite it also introduced a young Tom Cruise to the world too.
Beverly Hills Cop II, The Last Boy Scout, True Romance, Crimson Tide, Enemy Of The State, Spy Game, Domino, The Taking Of Pelham 123 all followed on his legacy. Unstoppable with Denzil Washington was his last directed film and despite been close to 70 he never looked like he would step out of the fast lane with numerous projects been announced or rumoured been connected to the film maker including the long anticipated Top Gun sequel, Lucky Strike, Shadow Divers and a Hell’s Angels film.
I do hope the mainstream media will respect the wishes of The Scott family and I do hope we don’t see box sets, other merchandising cashing in on this tragic news, respect the Scott family and embrace those films he brought us. Our thoughts and prayers go to his wife Donna and their 2 children.Powered by Sidelines