Star Wars visionary Gilbert Taylor dies at 99


Gilbert Taylor, the veteran cinematographer who shot the first Star Wars film under the direction of George Lucas, has died at the age of 99.

Born in Hertfordshire, Mr Taylor served as a Royal Air Force cameraman in the Second World War, documenting damage caused by British bombing raids.

His later film credits include The Beatles’ film  A Hard Day’s Night and Alfred Hitchcock’s Frenzy.

His wife, Dee, said he passed away at his home on the Isle of Wight with his family by his bedside.