Pendry started out as a movie-crazed 14 year-old who talked himself into a job as a second camera assistant on a Denham studio movie sets. In 1943, he recalls watching Nazi buzz bombs fall on London from the roof of a studio where Anthony Asquith was directing A Way To The Stars, starring Michael Redgrave and Stanley Holloway. He was also camera assistant on Noel Coward’s The Way Ahead, and after the war, on the Peter Ustinov movie Private Angelo, among many others.
Phil’s first brush with history was as a British soldier gathering evidence for the Nuremberg War Trials at the end of World War Two. Back in England and out of uniform he went to work as an assistant cameraman with the great British movie director Anthony Asquith. Phil also worked on a Peter Ustinov movie “Private Angelo”. Sometime during this period he learned to fly.
Set of “Away To The Stars”, 1945