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David Tomblin (1930–2005)

Widely regarded as the finest 1st Assistant Director in the World, and co-creator, Producer, Director, and writer of The Prisoner (1967). Born across the road from Borehamwood Studios in 1931, Tomblin entered the film business at the age of 14 before National Service saw him take a break for a stint in the marines. He returned to the industry in ... See full bio »

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Gandhi Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Superman Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi
Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi Second Unit Director or Assistant Director


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 1998 Ever After: A Cinderella Story (second unit director)
 1998/I The Man in the Iron Mask (first assistant director)
 1995 Braveheart (first assistant director)
 1993 The Three Musketeers (first assistant director)
 1992 Chaplin (first assistant director)
 1990/I Havana (first assistant director)
 1989 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (first assistant director: UK)
 1987 Empire of the Sun (assistant director)
 1987 Cry Freedom (first assistant director)
 1985 Out of Africa (first assistant director)
 1985 King David (first assistant director) / (second unit director)
 1984 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (assistant director: UK)
 1983 Never Say Never Again (first assistant director)
 1983 Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (first assistant director) / (second unit director)
 1982 Gandhi (first assistant director)
 1981 Raiders of the Lost Ark (first assistant director)
 1980 Superman II (second unit director)
 1980 Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (first assistant director)
 1979 The Prisoner of Zenda (second unit director)
 1979 Zulu Dawn (director: Zulu Kraal sequences) / (second unit director)
 1978 Superman (assistant director) / (second unit director)
 1977 A Bridge Too Far (first assistant director)
 1976 The Omen (assistant director)
 1975 Barry Lyndon (assistant director)
 1973 Shaft in Africa (second unit director)
 1973 A Warm December (first assistant director)
 1965 The Alphabet Murders (assistant director)
 1965 The Liquidator (assistant director)
 1964 Murder Ahoy (assistant director)
 1964 Night Must Fall (assistant director)
 1964 Murder Most Foul (assistant director)
 1963 The Haunting (assistant director)
 1962 We Joined the Navy (assistant director)
 1962 I Thank a Fool (assistant director - as Dave Tomblin)
 1962 Reach for Glory (assistant director)
 1961 Scream of Fear (assistant director)
 1958 The Desperate Men (first assistant)
 1956 The Hostage (first assistant director)
 1956 The Shield of Faith (second assistant director - uncredited)
 1955 Police Dog (third assistant director - uncredited)
 1950 The Fighting Pimpernel (third assistant director - uncredited)
 1948 My Brother Jonathan (third assistant director - uncredited)
 1947 The Ghosts of Berkeley Square (third assistant director - uncredited)
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I'm accepted and not resented by directors because I'm an older man, so they don't feel that I'm trying to intrude on their territory. And having been a director, writer and producer, I've covered most of the areas so I can be quite a bit of help - and also very diplomatic about it. That's the great secret of always working, if you're not diplomatic about it people don't ask for you.

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