My favourite film is It’s A Wonderful Life, i see it every christmas eve
– I don’t think he’s got the recognition that he deserves, and I always thought that was a shame. People dismiss him by saying, “Oh, he’s only as good as the scripts, he didn’t bring a whole lot,” but I very much disagree. I think that his Hammer films are incredibly imaginative. Of course, everything was handed over to him by Hammer, but those movies are photographed and designed in such a specific way. It’s similar to Terence Young doing the first couple of James Bond movies – he clearly created that whole brand, and designed the whole Bond aura. For me, Terence Fisher did that the exact same way with Hammer. I mean, I know back then it was different and people were more like craftsmen, but I think there’s a much more interesting filmmaker there.