Donald Clarke

Whingeing about cinema and real life since 2009

Watch Tony Scott in Ridley Scott’s first film

By now you will have heard the sad news that Tony Scott, director of Top Gun, True Romance and a dozen other whizz-bang entertainments, has killed himself at the age of 68. He was always close to his brother, Sir …

Mon, Aug 20, 2012, 13:54

   
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By now you will have heard the sad news that Tony Scott, director of Top Gun, True Romance and a dozen other whizz-bang entertainments, has killed himself at the age of 68. He was always close to his brother, Sir Ridley, and even appeared in that quieter director’s first ever film. Here it is. It now makes very poignant viewing. The two lads were raised in Tyneside and Boy and a Bicycle, shot in 1962, when the older Scott was at the Royal College of Art, makes great use of that area’s industrial locations.

The reasons for Scott’s decision to jump off that bridge remain obscure. Last night, ABC, drawing on an unnamed source, claimed that Scott has been diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer. This morning, a number of sites report his wife denying the story.  How sad it is to watch the wee boy, with so much life ahead of him, pottering about in his admired brother’s clever little picture. I can’t pretend I adored all Scott’s films — though Crimson Tide, The Last Boy Scout and True Romance are all terrific — but, having once met him, I found him extremely good company. He took the mickey out of himself. He still talked in an unmistakable North East accent. Hats off to him.