John Glen

John Glen (born 15 May 1932 in Sunbury-on-Thames, England) is an English film director and editor. Glen is best known for his work as a film editor, and director of the five James Bond films of the 1980s: He has directed more Bond films than any other director. Glen served as film editor and second unit director on three earlier Bond films: Glen has also directed the feature films Christopher Columbus: The Discovery (1992) and The Point Men (2001) in addition to the television series Space Precinct. His other films as second unit director include Superman and The Wild Geese (both 1978). In 2001, he published his memoir For My Eyes Only. Glen's films each have an individual trademark in the form of a startled pigeon making the actor (and the audience) jump. These are noticeable in his five James Bond films. There are variations; in some instances, the startled animal is a cat (A View to a Kill) or a monkey (The Living Daylights). As editor of Moonraker, Glen was responsible for creating the "double-taking pigeon", an editing trick that makes it appear that a bird in St Mark's Square in Venice cannot believe its eyes as James Bond's gondola transforms into a hovercraft.


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