Since news broke earlier today of Tony Scott’s death, tributes have poured in for the Hollywood director. The man behind classics like Top Gun, Crimson Tide and True Romance – whose brother is Gladiator director Ridley Scott – is believed to have committed suicide by jumping off the Vincent Thomas suspension bridge in LA. Keira Knightley led the tributes, saying: ‘Tony Scott was one of the most extraordinary, imaginative men I ever worked with. It was a privilege to have spent the time I did with him. He was a firecracker and one of the world’s true originals.’ Stephen Fry called him ‘a fine film maker and the most charming, modest man.’ Here, we pay tribute by celebrating some of his finest moments…
Days of Thunder
A 23-year-old Nicole Kidman fell for future husband Tom Cruise on the set of this action film about a man trying to make it as an autocar racer. Scott got sizzling on-screen chemistry from the pair…something they never managed to recreate when they co-starred in Far And Away and Eyes Wide Shut.
With a screenplay by Quentin Tarantino, and a cast including Christian Slater and a super-cool Patricia Arquette, this made Scott not just a commercial success but a credible director, too. Daisy Lowe’s is a huge fan. ‘Thank you for making True Romance,’ she tweeted earlier today.
OK, Tony Scott’s directorial debut, The Hunger, was a huge flop. But where else are you going to see French screen legend Catherine Deneuve playing an elderly vampire who terrorises nightclub revellers…and whose undead lover is played by David <actual> Bowie. You couldn’t make it up.
And last, but <definitely> not least…the film that made Tom Cruise a superstar (a young Katie Holmes put his poster on her wall after watching the film). It’s a struggle to pick our favourite scene but the moment The Righteous Brothers’ You’ve Lost That Loving Feelin comes on the jukebox gets us every time.
By Clare Thorp