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      Oliver Wood

      Oliver Wood

      Highest Rated: 95% The Honeymoon Killers (1969)

      Lowest Rated: 5% The Adventures of Pluto Nash (2002)

      Birthday: Feb 21, 1942

      Birthplace: London, England, UK

      Oliver Wood, one of Hollywood's premier action cinematographers, is best known for his collaboration with director Paul Greengrass on the three "Bourne" films. It is apparent in the evolution of the visuals throughout the action-packed trilogy, from "The Bourne Identity" (2002) to "The Bourne Supremacy" (2004) to "The Bourne Ultimatum" (2007), that the look of the films improved as Greengrass gave Wood increasing freedom with his lens. Wood and his crew traveled all over the world to shoot incredibly dense, hectic set-pieces for Matt Damon to plow through as the dogged Jason Bourne, an amnesiac spy desperate to discover his past and determine his own future. Oliver Wood has shown equal adeptness with large-scale outdoor action scenes (e.g., "The Bourne Ultimatum"'s adrenaline-pounding rooftop chase in Morocco) and close-quarters, indoor action scenes (e.g., "The Bourne Identity"'s climactic stairwell shoot-out). His ability to fashion crowded but comprehensible action in tight, even claustrophobic spaces is also on display in the submarine thriller "U-571." Wood worked with director Jonathan Mostow on "U-571," and again on "Surrogates," in which Wood was able to lend his gritty realism to a science fiction yarn. "The Surrogates" also gave Wood the opportunity to work again with action star Bruce Willis. Wood shot Willis in "Die Hard 2" as John McClane, the heroic under-dog who, as the title suggests, just won't die no matter what Wood and director Renny Harlin throw at him. Oliver Wood died at the age of 80 on February 13, 2023.

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      BEN-HUR, cinematographer Oliver Wood (center), director Timur Belmambetov (right), on set, 2016. ph: Philippe Antonello/© Paramount Pictures BEN-HUR, from left: director Timur Belmambetov, cinematographer Oliver Wood, on set, 2016. ph: Philippe Antonello/© Paramount Pictures

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      15% 71% Morbius Cinematographer $73.6M 2022
      10% 25% Holmes & Watson Cinematographer $30.5M 2018
      52% 61% The Equalizer 2 Cinematographer $102.0M 2018
      38% 42% Jack Reacher: Never Go Back Cinematographer $58.7M 2016
      25% 52% Ben-Hur Cinematographer $26.4M 2016
      36% 41% The Brothers Grimsby Cinematographer $6.9M 2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Brothers Grimsby With Hilarious Outtakes Cinematographer - 2016
      28% 42% Child 44 Cinematographer $1.2M 2015
      75% 52% Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues Cinematographer $127.3M 2013
      64% 66% 2 Guns Cinematographer $75.6M 2013
      53% 63% Safe House Cinematographer $126.1M 2012
      79% 60% The Other Guys Cinematographer $119.2M 2010
      37% 38% Surrogates Cinematographer $38.5M 2009
      55% 69% Step Brothers Cinematographer $100.5M 2008
      92% 91% The Bourne Ultimatum Cinematographer $227.4M 2007
      71% 73% Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby Cinematographer $148.2M 2006
      28% 45% Fantastic Four Cinematographer $154.7M 2005
      82% 90% The Bourne Supremacy Cinematographer $176.0M 2004
      22% 41% Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed Cinematographer $84.2M 2004
      88% 57% Freaky Friday Cinematographer $110.2M 2003
      11% 45% National Security Cinematographer $35.8M 2003
      15% 33% I Spy Cinematographer $33.1M 2002
      5% 20% The Adventures of Pluto Nash Cinematographer $4.4M 2002
      84% 93% The Bourne Identity Cinematographer $121.5M 2002
      68% 62% U-571 Cinematographer $77.1M 2000
      31% 46% Switchback Cinematographer $6.5M 1997
      93% 82% Face/Off Cinematographer $112.3M 1997
      75% 84% Mr. Holland's Opus Cinematographer $82.6M 1995
      16% 22% Terminal Velocity Cinematographer $16.5M 1994
      37% 45% For Love or Money Cinematographer $10.4M 1993
      18% 61% Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit Cinematographer $57.0M 1993
      77% 90% Rudy Cinematographer $20.7M 1993
      25% 40% Mystery Date Cinematographer $6.0M 1991
      25% 67% The Adventures of Ford Fairlane Cinematographer $19.9M 1990
      69% 70% Die Hard 2 Cinematographer $115.3M 1990
      No Score Yet 31% Alphabet City Cinematographer - 1984
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Maya Cinematographer - 1982
      95% 69% The Honeymoon Killers Cinematographer - 1969