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Jan de Bont (born October 22, 1943) is a Dutch cinematographer, film director and producer. He was the cinematographer of Die Hard.

Career[]

De Bont did cinematography work on movies like The Hunt for Red October (with Die Hard director John McTiernan), Ruthless People, Black Rain, Lethal Weapon 3 and Basic Instinct. He then directed movies, such as Speed and it's sequel Speed 2: Cruise Control, Twister, the remake of The Haunting and Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life.

Trivia[]

  • Near the end of the film, McClane encounters an unsuspecting Gruber checking the explosives on the roof. He uses a building directory to verify that the name Hans gives, Bill Clay, corresponds with WM CLAY on floor 29. On the same directory a J DEBONT, on floor 31, is listed as well.
  • On the director's commentary track for the first film, McTiernan says that he and Jan, whom he refers to fondly as Jannie, had a complex relationship on the set. They often argued to the point that it would make others on set uncomfortable. They were both very opinionated but had a deep understanding and respect for one another. This allowed them, at other times, to be productive and cordial despite their frequent blow-ups.

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