Remembering Tony Scott
Yesterday, the world learned of the tragic demise of Hollywood director Tony Scott. The director of 16 films including Top Gun and Enemy Of the State, Tony studied to be a painter before joining his older brother Ridley’s successful production company. After earning his stripes directing commercials, Tony got his big break with his first feature film, ‘The Hunger’ starring David Bowie and Catherine Deneuve. He followed this up with with the blockbusting ‘Top Gun’ that propelled both Tom Cruise and Tony Scott to Hollywood fame.
The world will remember him as the maker of adrenaline rushing, action-packed films. But we at The Awesomium Project will always see him as a young truant on his bicycle about town, a role he played in Ridley Scott’s debut film ‘Boy And Bicycle’. A 25 minute black and white film, Ridley made it for £65 with a borrowed 16mm camera while he was a student at the Royal College of Art. Three years later he managed to raise funds from the British Film Institue to assemble a soundtrack. He approached film composer John Barry for permission to use a recording named ‘Onward Christian Spacemen’, which proved to be unaffordable – but Barry was so impressed by Scott’s work that he recorded a new version especially for the film.
Here’s Ridley Scott’s Boy And Bicycle, starring Tony Scott. RIP Tony.
Via Laughing Squid