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MARC FORSTER (DIRECTOR)

By: Anders Frejdh
Published:
2008-10-01
Director of QUANTUM OF SOLACE 2008

The first time I met Swiss director Marc Forster was on the set of Quantum of Solace in Bregenz, Austria in April-May 2008 where I was working as an extra.

>Read a report from Marc's Stockholm visit

About Marc Forster:
A BAFTA and Golden Globe nominated director who made his directorial debut in 2000 with a psychological horror movie entitled EVERYTHING PUT TOGETHER, which he also co-wrote. The film premiered at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival and Forster went on to direct a string of critically acclaimed blockbuster hits including, most recently, THE KITE RUNNER based on Khaled Hosseini ‘s best seller.

Although born in Germany, Forster was raised in Switzerland where he attended the famous Institut Montana Zugerberg. However, his early ambition was to make films and in 1990 he moved to America to study film at New York University. Forster commented, “When you grow up like that and suddenly you decide you intend to make movies, everybody says it’s impossible, but here I am and I’m living my dream.”

Today, Forster’s impressive filmography includes MONSTERS BALL (2001), which received two Oscar nominations with Halle Berry winning Best Actress, and FINDING NEVERLAND (2004); a film based on the semi -autobiographical story of the friendship between J.M. Barrie and the single mother who lived next door with her four boys. FINDING NEVERLAND, starring Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet, received seven Academy Award nominations, five Golden Globe nominations and 11 BAFTA nominations all including Best Picture. Forster was also nominated Best Director by his peers at the Directors Guild Of America.

In 2005 Forster helmed the reality bending thriller STAY starring Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts and went on to direct hit comedy STRANGER THAN FICTION, with Will Ferrell, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Dustin Hoffman, Emma Thompson and Queen Latifah, the following year.

Other James Bond directors that FSWL has encountered:
Anthony Waye (1st assistant director on For Your Eyes Only & Octopussy (1983))
Arthur Wooster (2nd Unit director on For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy, A View to a Kill, The Living Daylights & Licence to Kill)
Guy Hamilton (director of Goldfinger (1964), Diamonds Are Forever, Live and Let Die & The Man with the Golden Gun)
Irvin Kershner (director of Never Say Never Again)
John Glen (2nd Unit director on On Her Majesty's Secret Service, The Spy Who Loved Me & Moonraker (1979) and Director of For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy, A View to a Kill, The Living Daylights & Licence to Kill)
Lee Tamahori (director of Die Another Day)
Lewis Gilbert (director of You Only Live Twice, The Spy Who Loved Me & Moonraker)
Michael Apted (director of The World Is Not Enough)
Toby Hefferman (2nd assistant director on Die Another Day, Casino Royale & Quantum of Solace)
Vic Armstrong (2nd Unit director on Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough & Die Another Day)

Other people involved in Quantum of Solace that we have met:
>Anatole Taubman (Elvis)
>Daniel Craig (James Bond)
>David Decio (M's sentinel)
>Eva Green (Vesper Lynd)
>Jesper Christensen (Mr White)
>Judi Dench (M)
>Mathieu Almaric (Dominic Greene)
>Michael G. Wilson (man sitting in chair in Haitian hotel lobby)
>Rachel McDowall (CIA Flight Attendant)
>Tim Piggott-Smith (British Foreign Secretary)

Phot below:
Marc Forster in Stockholm 2008. Photographer: Marie Regmert. © From Sweden with Love. All rights reserved.

Text written and published by Anders Frejdh in October 2008
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