David C. Anderson, Assistant Director on Three James Bond Films, Dies at 72

David C. Anderson

He also worked as a unit production manager, producer and production executive in film and TV during his six-decade career.

David C. Anderson, an assistant director on three of the first four James Bond Films, died of cancer in Richmond, England, following a short illness. He was 72.

Before his death on Aug. 4, Anderson enjoyed a six-decade career as assistant director, unit production manager, producer and production executive in film and TV.

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He was the son of Michael Anderson, director of such films as Around the World in Eighty Days, The Dam Busters and Logan's Run. He got his start in the industry at Pinewood Studios before landing the assistant director job on the Bond films Dr. No (1962), followed by From Russia With Love (1963) and Thunderball (1965).

He went on to work with directors including Terence Young, John Huston, Lewis Gilbert, John Sturges, Michael Cimino and Blake Edwards on films including 1969's The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, 1970's The Kremlin Letter, 1975's The Man Who Would Be King, 1976's The Eagle Has Landed, 1978's The Deer Hunter, 1979's Quadrophenia, 1980's Flash Gordon, 1988's Tequila Sunrise and 1991's What About Bob?

Anderson also worked in TV on such series as Roger Moore's The Saint, Shirley MacLaine's Shirley's World, Diana: Her Real Story, Tales From the Crypt and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

Anderson was the brother of actor Michael Anderson Jr. (Logan's Run), stepbrother of actors Laurie Holden (The Walking Dead) and Christopher Holden (The New Adventures of Pinocchio) and father to Holly, Nicole and Anita.

A private family service has been held in London. The family requests that donations be made to Cancer Research U.K.