Ernest Day

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Ernest Day (April 15, 1927 - November 16, 2006) was a cinematographer and camera operator.[1]


Early career[edit]

Day initially worked as a clapper loader for various movies from 1944 to 1948, then as a focus puller for 1949 to 1950.

Camera Work[edit]

Credited as a technician of Hell Below Zero for Warwick Films. He was a cameraman for the British film The Cockleshell Heroes, released in 1955 and acted as camera operator on several more Warwick Films. He continued this through 1976, when he contributed notably to American films Exodus (1960), Lord Jim (1965), the James Bond film You Only Live Twice (1967), Davey Major Roads' (1969), Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange (1971), as well as three films by David Lean. His last film as a cameraman was released in 1988.


As a cinematographer, he has worked on fourteen feature films, the first of which was Peter Collinson's British film The Long Day's Dying, released in 1968. He also worked on Bob Balaban's Parents (with Randy Quaid and Mary Beth Hurt), released in 1989. Some other notable films include Revenge of the Pink Panther (1978), David Lean's A Passage to India (1984), and Superman 4 (1987).

Director of Photography[edit]

Additionally, Day served as a director of photography for a number of TV movies between 1983 and 1994.

Director and Second Unit Director[edit]

Day resumed his collaboration with Lewis Gilbert as second unit director of The Adventurers (1970), Operation Daybreak (1975), two more James Bond films, The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and Moonraker (1979), and Rambo 3 (1988), among others.

Day also directed television episodes, such as the episode Bowler Hat and Leather Boots (1977) of the British The New Avengers (TV series) television program and an episode of The Professionals (1978).

Day directed the theatrical films Green Ice (1981) and Waltz Across Texas (1982).


  1. ^ "Ernest Day". IMDb. Retrieved 2016-09-30.