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Martin Campbell

Martin Campbell is considered one of the industry's premier action filmmakers. His resume includes two landmark James Bond films, GoldenEye and Casino Royale, each of which introduced audiences to new actors in the role of Ian Fleming's iconic British spy: Pierce Brosnan in the former, and Daniel Craig in the latter. Casino Royale earned nine BAFTA nominations, including the Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film.

In addition to bringing the legendary 007 to the screen in two distinct features, Campbell also returned another celebrated action hero to the motion picture screen in two movies—that of Zorro, embodied by Antonio Banderas, in the 1998 hit The Mask of Zorro and the 2005 sequel, The Legend of Zorro.

A native of Hastings, New Zealand, Campbell began his career in London as a cameraman for Lew Grade's ATV company. He went on to produce the controversial British feature Scum, as well as Black Joy, which was screened in competition at the 1977 Cannes Film Festival, earning a nomination for the fest's highest honor, the Palme d'Or.

He launched his directing career on the British police action series The Professionals, and continued in the director's chair with the popular BBC series Shoestring and Thames TV's Minder. By the mid-1980s, with his reputation well established as one of the UK's top directors, he helmed two highly praised British productions, the Emmy-, BAFTA- and Golden Globe Award-nominated Reilly: Ace of Spies, and Edge of Darkness, the critically acclaimed BBC miniseries that won six BAFTA Awards, including a Best Series honor for Campbell. The BBC program inspired his most recent feature film of the same name, starring Mel Gibson.

After his stellar work on British TV, Campbell moved into feature films with his Hollywood debut on the 1988 thriller Criminal Law. He went on to direct two more movies, Defenseless and No Escape, before helming GoldenEye in 1995. With a new actor, Pierce Brosnan, in the role, Campbell was credited with rejuvenating the long-running franchise with global box office grosses exceeding $350 million. In 2000, he directed and produced the mountaineering adventure Vertical Limit, which was both a critical and commercial hit, earning over $200 million worldwide.

Some of Campbell's additional American credits include HBO's Cast a Deadly Spell, and two episodes of the acclaimed NBC police drama Homicide: Life on the Street. He also directed the epic romantic drama Beyond Borders, starring Angelina Jolie and Clive Owen.


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Martin Campbell Facts

OccupationDirector
BirthdayOctober 24, 1943 (73)
SignScorpio
BirthplaceHastings, New Zealand
Height5' 10" (1m78)  How tall is Martin Campbell compared to you?

Selected Filmography

Casino Royale
Green Lantern
Edge of Darkness
The Mask Of Zorro
Vertical Limit
Goldeneye
Cast a Deadly Spell
The Mask of Zorro / The Legend of Zorro
The Legend of Zorro
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