Cinematographer Gil Taylor at his Isle of Wight home in 2006.Picture by Georgia Russell.
THE cinematographer behind films including Star Wars, The Omen and Dr Strangelove — who made his home on the Isle of Wight — has died aged 99.
Gilbert (Gil) Taylor died on Friday with his family by his bedside at his home in Newport.
In a career spanning eight decades, Gil was one of the most talented cinematographers Britain ever produced. Cinematography, the discipline of making lighting and camera choices when recording film images, is one of the most pivotal roles in movie making.
Gil’s body of work includes the 1977 space epic Star Wars, but he also worked on more than 70 other feature films, including Ice Cold in Alex with Sir John Mills and The Beatles in A Hard Day’s Night (1964).
He moved to the Island in the 1990s when he eventually retired with his wife Dianne. Dianne or Dee, a script supervisor, was 23 years his junior. They met on the set of the 1963 Tony Hancock film, the Punch and Judy Man.
To read a 2006 Isle of Wight County Press interview with Mr Taylor about his career, click here.