20 August 2012 4:31 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

We look back at the work of Tony Scott, the director of Top Gun, Days of Thunder, True Romance and a series of collaborations with Denzel Washington

Tony Scott, the blockbuster director and producer who has died at the age of 68, began his career as an actor – sort of. His first film credit, aged 16, was as the star of his brother Ridley's student short, Boy and Bicycle. He cycles down to the docks, puffs a fag and contemplates the water. A monologue lets us in on his thoughts – about the joy of skiving school and chasing the sun round the sky. It's geographically grounded, chimneys belching in the background, yet it's also universal: a portrait of a groovy, hungry youngster, looking west.

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And indeed Scott defined himself by his Yankophilia, shedding his roots fast. He was a director with a great enthusiasm »

- Catherine Shoard

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