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Christopher Challis (1919–2012)

Christopher Challis was born on March 18, 1919 in London, England as Christopher George Joseph Challis. He is known for his work on Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968), Top Secret! (1984) and A Shot in the Dark (1964). He was married to Sylvia "Peggy" Mossman. He died on May 31, 2012 in Bristol, England. See full bio »


(age 93) in Bristol, England, UK

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Won 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Cinematographer
Top Secret!
Top Secret! Cinematographer
A Shot in the Dark
A Shot in the Dark Cinematographer
Two for the Road
Two for the Road Cinematographer


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 1985 Steaming
 1984 Top Secret!
 1983 Secrets
 1982 The Nativity (TV Movie documentary)
 1982 Evil Under the Sun (director of photography)
 1981 Greatest Mystery (TV Movie documentary)
 1980 The Mirror Crack'd (director of photography)
 1979 S.O.S. Titanic (TV Movie) (director of photography)
 1979 The Riddle of the Sands (director of photography)
 1978 Force 10 from Navarone (director of photography)
 1977 The Deep (director of photography)
 1976 The Incredible Sarah (director of photography)
 1975 Mr. Quilp
 1975 In This House of Brede (TV Movie) (director of photography - as Chris Challis)
 1972 A War of Children (TV Movie)
 1971 Mary, Queen of Scots (director of photography)
 1971 Villain (director of photography)
 1970 The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (director of photography)
 1969 Staircase (director of photography)
 1968 Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (director of photography)
 1967 Two for the Road (director of photography)
 1966 Kaleidoscope
 1966 Arabesque
 1964 A Shot in the Dark (director of photography)
 1964 The Long Ships (director of photography)
 1963 The Victors (director of photography)
 1963 An Evening with the Royal Ballet (Documentary) (segment "Les Sylphides")
 1962 Damn the Defiant! (director of photography)
 1960 The Grass Is Greener (director of photography)
 1960 Never Let Go (photographed by)
 1960 Sink the Bismarck! (director of photography)
 1959 Chance Meeting (photographed by)
 1958 Floods of Fear (director of photography)
 1958 Rooney
 1957 Windom's Way (director of photography)
 1957 Miracle in Soho (director of photography)
 1957 Night Ambush (director of photography)
 1956 The Spanish Gardener (director of photography)
 1956 Pursuit of the Graf Spee (director of photography)
 1955 Quentin Durward (director of photography)
 1955 Footsteps in the Fog (director of photography)
 1955 The Sorcerer's Apprentice (Short)
 1954 Malaga
 1953 Saadia
 1953 Genevieve (director of photography)
 1952 Angels One Five (director of photography)
 1950 Gone to Earth
 1949 Hour of Glory
 1947 The End of the River (as Christopher G. Challis)
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Other Works:

"Are They Really So Awful? : Cameraman's Chronicle", Janus Publishing Co, March 1995 See more »

Alternate Names:

Christopher G. Challis | Chris Challis

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Specialist in colour cinematography, best known for his earlier work with Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger (from 1949) at The Archers production company. Prior to that, he had worked on early British Technicolor films as second cameraman under Georges Perinal and Jack Cardiff. During the 60's, was principal cinematographer on several British films directed by the American Stanley Donen. See more »

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