The Passing Of Peter Hunt
It is with great sadness that I report the passing of Peter Hunt.
The director of On Her Majesty's Secret Service Hunt's experience with the world of James Bond began in 1962 as he was chosen as Editor on the first James Bond adventure, Dr No.
Born in London in 1925, Hunt studied the violin at the London College of Music and the history of art at the University of Rome before the lure of the cinema made him abandon his original ambitions and become a clapper boy at Denham Studios in 1947. After working as an assistant editor on The Man Who Watched Trains Go By (1952), he edited his first film, Stranger from Venus, in 1954; his subsequent films as editor included A Hill in Korea (1956), The Admirable Crichton (1957), Ferry to Hong Kong (1959) and Sink the Bismarck! (1960).
After Dr No Hunt went on to edit From Russia With Love, Goldfinger, Thunderball and You Only Live Twice, also working as a second unit director on YOLT.
Hunt passed away on three days ago August 14 in Santa Monica, California. He leaves behind one son and an amazing influence over the world of James Bond, and cinema as a whole.