Peter R. Hunt

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Peter R. Hunt
Peter Roger Hunt

(1925-03-11)11 March 1925
London, England
Died14 August 2002(2002-08-14) (aged 77)
OccupationFilm director, film editor, film producer
Years active1940–1991
Known for James Bond series
Military career
AllegianceFlag of the United Kingdom.svg  United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service1942–1947
Rank Army-GBR-OR-07.svg Staff Sergeant
Battles/wars World War II

Peter Roger Hunt (11 March 1925 – 14 August 2002) was a British director, editor and producer of film and television, best known for his work on the James Bond film series, first as an editor and then as a second unit director. He finally served as director for On Her Majesty's Secret Service. His work on the series helped pioneer an innovative, fast-cutting editing style.



As an infantryman, Hunt served in Salerno, Italy, in 1943. [1]

After working in several forms of employment, Hunt worked as an assistant cutter for Alexander Korda, before working as an assembling editor on The Man Who Watched Trains Go By . After several B-movies, he served as the supervising editor on A Hill in Korea . The following year, Hunt edited The Admirable Crichton (directed and co-written by Lewis Gilbert), becoming good friends with John Glen. Hunt continued his collaboration with Gilbert on films such as Ferry to Hong Kong and Sink the Bismarck! .

In the 1960s, Hunt signed on as an editor on the first James Bond film, Dr. No (1962), and he edited From Russia with Love (1963) and Goldfinger (1964). On those three films, Hunt developed an editing technique in which he utilized quick cutting, allowing camera swings during action and inserts interleaving other elements. [2] [3] He also worked with Harry Saltzman and Albert R. Broccoli on the Bob Hope film Call Me Bwana (1963), and with Saltzman and a few other Bond veterans on the non-Eon thriller The IPCRESS File (1965). Call Me Bwana was the only film produced by the James Bond production company Eon Productions that was not a Bond film until 2014.

After editing Thunderball (1965), Hunt asked to direct You Only Live Twice (1967) but was passed over in favor of Lewis Gilbert. Although Hunt initially quit in protest, Broccoli and Saltzman persuaded him to stay as second unit director on the understanding that he would be promoted to director in a future Eon film. [4] Saltzman and Broccoli were impressed with his quick cutting skills and felt he had set the style for the series. [5] Hunt directed the "Little Nellie" sequence of the film. [4] When Gilbert passed on the opportunity to direct On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), Broccoli and Saltzman selected Hunt as director. [4] [5] Hunt also asked for the position during the production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968), and he brought along with him many crew members, including cinematographer Michael Reed and editor John Glen. [6] Hunt was concerned to put his mark on the production – "I wanted it to be different than any other Bond film would be. It was my film, not anyone else's." [7]

On Her Majesty's Secret Service was the last James Bond film on which Hunt worked. Hunt was asked to direct numerous other Eon Bond films — including Live and Let Die , The Spy Who Loved Me , and For Your Eyes Only — but always declined. [4] In 1971, Hunt directed episodes of The Persuaders! with Bond star, Roger Moore; he also directed Moore in Gold (1974) and Shout at the Devil (1976) with Lee Marvin. Although approached by Kevin McClory, he refused to direct Never Say Never Again (1983) afraid that Broccoli would consider him disloyal. His last films included Wild Geese II (1985) and the Cannon Film thrillers, Death Hunt (1981) and Assassination (1987), both starring Charles Bronson. He also directed the epic television miniseries The Last Days of Pompeii (1984).

Personal life

In his final years, Hunt lived in the United States. [1] He died of heart failure on 14 August 2002 at his home in Santa Monica, California, at the age of 77. [8]



1940 The Thief of Bagdad NoNoYesAs associate editor
1943 The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp NoNoYes
1949 Badger's Green NoNoYes
1950 They Were Not Divided NoNoYes
Gone to Earth NoNoYes
1951 Cheer the Brave NoNoYes
1952 The Man Who Watched Trains Go By YesNoNo
1953 Wheel of Fate NoNoYesAs sound editor
House of Blackmail NoNoYesAs assistant editor
1954 Orders Are Orders NoNoYes
Burnt Evidence NoNoYes
Stranger From Venus YesNoNo
1956 The Secret Tent YesNoNo
Doublecross YesNoNo
A Hill in Korea YesNoNo
1957 The Admirable Crichton YesNoYesAs second unit director
1958 Next to No Time YesNoNo
A Cry from the Streets YesNoNo
1959 Ferry to Hong Kong YesNoNo
1960 Sink the Bismarck! YesNoNo
There Was a Crooked Man YesNoNo
1961 The Greengage Summer YesNoNo
On the Fiddle YesNoNo
1962 H.M.S. Defiant YesNoNo
Dr. No YesNoNo
1963 Call Me Bwana YesNoNo
From Russia with Love YesNoNo
1964 Goldfinger YesNoYesAs second unit director
1965 Thunderball YesNoYes
The Ipcress File YesNoNo
1966 Strange Portrait YesNoNo
1967 You Only Live Twice YesNoYesAs second unit director
1968 Chitty Chitty Bang Bang NoNoYesAs title sequence director
1969 Arthur! Arthur! YesNoNo
On Her Majesty's Secret Service NoYesNo
1974 Gold NoYesNo
1976 Shout at the Devil [9] NoYesNo
1977 Gulliver's Travels NoYesNo
1980 Rough Cut NoUncreditedNoReplaced by Don Siegel
Night Games YesNoNo
1981 Death Hunt NoYesNo
1983 The Jigsaw Man NoNoYesAs second unit director
1985 Wild Geese II NoYesNo
1986 Hyper Sapien: People from Another Star NoYesNo
1987 Assassination NoYesNo


1971 The Persuaders! YesYesEpisode: "Chain of Events"
1972 Shirley's World YesEpisode: "Always Leave Them Laughing"
1978 The Beasts Are on the Streets Yes Television film
1983 Philip Marlowe, Private Eye Yes2 episodes
1984 The Last Days of Pompeii Yes4 episodes
1991Eyes of a WitnessYes Television film

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