David C. Anderson, Assistant Director on Blockbusters, Dies

David Anderson

David C. Anderson, an assistant director, unit production manager, producer and production executive who worked on James Bond films “Dr. No” and “From Russia With Love” and pictures including  “The Deer Hunter,” “Quadrophenia” and “Tequila Sunrise,” died of cancer on August 4 in Richmond, England, after a short illness. He was 72.

During a career spanning almost six decades in the U.K., U.S. and worldwide in film and television, Anderson worked with such directors as Terence Young, Ken Annakin, Ronald Neame, John Huston, Lewis Gilbert, John Sturges, Michael Cimino, Mike Hodges and Blake Edwards. His other credits included “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie,” “The Kremlin Letter,” “The Man Who Would Be King,” “The Eagle Has Landed,” “Flash Gordon” and “What About Bob.”

Anderson’s work in television included “The Saint,” Shirley MacLaine’s series “Shirley’s World” miniseries and films “The Far Pavilions,” “Peter the Great,” “Diana: Her Real Story,” “Tales From the Crypt” and a 2001 adaptation of “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.”

Anderson was the son of Michael Anderson, renowned director of “Around the World in Eighty Days” and “Logan’s Run,” brother of actor Michael Anderson Jr. and stepbrother of actors Laurie Holden and Christopher Holden. He is also survived by three children.

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  1. caroline@leahouse.co.uk says:

    Just a factual comment. David’s dad, Michael, is still alive and living in Canada. It would also be very nice to know who the writer of the previous comment is? – David’s widow, Caroline

    • Patricia Blanchard says:

      Dear Caroline. Good to know that Michael Anderson senior is still fit and well. I did know he was living in Canada. It would be nice to be in touch with him. As to who I am, I think I have explained in my previous entry but do contact me if you wish.

      Kind regards.

      Pat B.

    • Patricia Blanchard says:

      Dear Caroline – I am so sorry to hear that David died in 2013. I knew him as a teenager when the Andersons lived a few doors away and were friends of my family in Park Court, Uxbridge. I went to school with David to St. Andrew’s along with Michael Jnr. I have written to Michael Senior in Canada several years ago via his agent and didn’t receive a reply – just to make contact really after all these years. He was prepared in the early sixties to help me get into the film business as I wanted to be a continuity girl. Alas, I would not have been able to afford to leave home at the time and so worked in television in London instead.

      I have some very happy memories of Michael, Betty and his family later on at their home in Hillingdon. I lost my own husband in 2013 to cancer so I know how you are feeling. Ron was a senior floor manager with ATV/Central Television at Elstree and Nottingham for 34 years.

      I would be so grateful if you could pass my sincere best wishes to Michael now. I feel so proud to have known the director of “The Dambusters” and “Around The World in Eighty Days” ! I was a huge fan.
      It would be lovely to be in touch with him again. I think of him every time I hear the Dambusters march.

      I hope this reaches you.

      Kind regards.

      Pat Blanchard
      (previously known as Patsy Ann Gilbert) !

  2. Grandison says:

    David was the first AD on my first real job – he basically tortured me and made my life hell, but, afterwards, he asked me to work with him again and, even at that point in my life, I realized how valuable the experience was and what a great favor he had done for me. The more shows I work on, the more I know how much he taught me and how that has really shaped my outlook and work ethic. The odd thing is, though I have thought of him once or twice over the years, I’ve been madly thinking of him over the last month and was going to try to find out how to get in touch. Never wait to do these things…

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