Sunday, August 23, 2015

Celebrating Cinematographer Edmund Gibson…Day 235 of Bond 365

Edmund and Joe Gibson from 1972 (eBay)
Edmund Gibson

Born this day in 1915
Underwater Photographer for Thunderball

Born in New York City as Hugh Edmund Gibson and whose father was Joe Gibson, had been a cinematographer in the early days of cinema. The family moved to Florida where the elder Gibson was a newsreel cameraman.

According to an obituary in the American Cinematographer, the young Gibson was working freelance as an assistant cameraman for many of the leading filmmakers that were making films in Florida. However, according to IMDB, his first listing was for Thunderball as an uncredited underwater photographer.

Gibson only had a dozen credits listed on IMDB and they were spread between the camera/electrical department and cinematography for about a total of 15 years. Other than working on the Bond franchise, Gibson worked in a few projects in which animals were featured: the television series Flipper (1967), Gentle Giant (1967), the precursor to the television show Gentle Ben, and Barracuda (1978). Of special note, Gibson ran into Bond alum Harold Sakata (Oddjob) in the 1974 film Impulse starring William Shatner.

Gibson was a member of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) and passed away in 1995 at the age of 79.

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