Alan Hume, BSC (16 October 1924 – 13 July 2010) was an English cinematographer.[1]

Alan Hume

George Alan Hume

(1924-10-16)16 October 1924
Died13 July 2010(2010-07-13) (aged 85)
Years active1942–1998
EmployerCineguild Productions (1940s)
Known forCarry On films
Return of the Jedi (1983)
Octopussy (1983)
A View to a Kill (1985)

Life and careerEdit

Hume arrived at Denham Film Studios in 1942, and worked for Cineguild Productions during the late 1940s. His early credits, prior to being called up to the Royal Navy and Fleet Air Arm during the Second World War, included Oliver and The First of the Few (1942). Post-war, he served as a camera operator for Great Expectations (1946), Madeleine (1950) and The End of the Affair (1955). During the 1960s, he was director of photography for the successful Carry On comedy films, beginning with 1961's Carry On Regardless; eventually, Hume alternated with Ernest Steward in the position of the series' regular director of photography.

Hume's other cinematographic work during the 1960s included the horror films The Kiss of the Vampire (1962, for Hammer Films) and Dr. Terror's House of Horrors (1965, for Amicus Productions).[2] Among his later films were Checkered Flag or Crash (1977), For Your Eyes Only (1981), Return of the Jedi (1983), Octopussy (1983), A View to a Kill (1985), Runaway Train (1985), A Fish Called Wanda (1988) and Shirley Valentine (1989).

Personal lifeEdit

Hume had four children, all of whom have followed him into the film industry.

One of his sons, Lindsay, died in a road traffic accident when in his late teens. His other two sons and daughter Pauline followed him into the film industry.


  1. ^ "Alan Hume". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. 2013. Archived from the original on 31 October 2013.
  2. ^ Stevens, Christopher (2010). Born Brilliant: The Life of Kenneth Williams. John Murray. p. 389. ISBN 978-1-84854-195-5.

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