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A Celebration of James Bond director Martin Campbell

By: Anders Frejdh
Martin Campbell, GoldenEye, Casino Royale
Birthday of Martin Campbell, the talented director from New Zealand with two James Bond films among his credits. In 1995 he directed Pierce Brosnan in GoldenEye (1995), Brosnan's first Bond film, and in 2006 he directed Daniel Craig in his first film as James Bond, Casino Royale.

With this dedicated page, we would like to celebrate Martin Campbell on his birthday.

"Dear Martin, happy birthday and warm regards from Sweden. We are really looking forward to see you again in the director's chair for a James Bond film."

About Martin Campbell:

Born in New Zealand, Campbell moved to London where he began his career as a cameraman. He went on to produce the controversial British feature film Scum, as well as Black Joy, which was selected for competition at the Cannes Film Festival. Campbell made his directorial debut on British television on the police action series The Professionals (1978-1980) and continued with two more popular BBC series Shoestring (1980) and Minder (1980).

Considered one of the UK’s top directors by the mid-1980s, he directed the highly praised British television film Reilly: Ace of Spies (1983). Edge of Darkness (1985), a five-hour mini-series directed for the BBC, about nuclear contamination in England depicting murder and high-ranking corruption, won six BAFTA awards. (In 2010, he directed the film version.)

Campbell’s first Hollywood movie was Criminal Law (1988), and he went on to direct Defenceless (1991) and No Escape (1994). His American television credits include directing HBO’s “Cast a Deadly Spell” and two episodes of NBC’s “Homicide: Life on the Street.”

Following GoldenEye (1995), he directed the international blockbuster The Mask of Zorro (1998) starring Catherine Zeta-Jones and Antonio Banderas, which earned Academy Award® and Golden Globe nominations, Vertical Limit (2000) with Izabella Scorupco, Beyond Borders (2003), and The Legend of Zorro (2005), again starring Zeta-Jones and Banderas.

In January 2012, Martin participated in a James Bond director's panel in Las Vegas that kick-started the 50th Anniversary celebrations of the 007 film series.

Photo above:
Inscribed photo from director Martin Campbell to FSWL's founder. © From Sweden with Love.

For more information about Martin Campbell, check out his profile on IMDB:



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