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Friday, September 06, 2002
Hey Folks --

It's been a rough week for Cannon Films and Charles Bronson fans... We have learned of the passing of two notable Cannon directors: J. Lee Thompson and Peter Hunt.

Thompson was an old hand who directed The Guns of Navarone, the original Cape Fear, and many other movies in the sixties and seventies before settling into the Cannon stable in the early eighties with 10 to Midnight, arguably one of the best and most effective of the eighties Bronson exploitation films that would follow. Thompson then turned out many films for Cannon, most also with Bronson: The Ambassador, King Solomon's Mines, Murphy's Law, Death Wish 4, Messenger of Death, and, most memorably, Kinjite: Forbidden Subjects, which will some day be revered as one of the funniest films ever made. He also directed The Evil That Men Do, which is a non-Cannon Bronson thriller from 1984.

Thompson was 88 and died of heart failure in British Columbia. sends its deepest condolences to the Thompson family, which includes Peter Lee-Thompson, who edited many of J. Lee Thompson's films.

Peter Hunt, the director of Cannon's Assassination, died on August 14th in Santa Monica. He was 77 years old. Hunt edited many of the Connery Bond movies and directed On Her Majesty's Secret Service in 1969. His other notable films are Wild Geese II and the underrated non-Cannon Bronson adventure Death Hunt. sends its condolences.

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