Harry Saltzman

Producer
Canadian-born producer who began in theater and TV in the 1940s and was working in the film industry by mid-decade. Aside from providing the unoriginal story for "The Iron Petticoat" (1956), a "Ninotchka" rip-off which ... Read more »
Born: 10/26/1915 in St John, New Brunswick, CA

Filmography

Producer (21)

Time of the Gypsies 1990 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Entertainer 1989 (Movie)

(Producer)

Nijinsky 1980 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Man With the Golden Gun 1974 (Movie)

(Producer)

Live and Let Die 1973 (Movie)

(Producer)

Diamonds Are Forever 1971 (Movie)

(Producer)

Battle of Britain 1969 (Movie)

(Producer)

On Her Majesty's Secret Service 1969 (Movie)

(Producer)

Toomorrow 1969 (Movie)

(Producer)

Billion Dollar Brain 1967 (Movie)

(Producer)

Play Dirty 1967 (Movie)

(Producer)

You Only Live Twice 1967 (Movie)

(Producer)

Funeral in Berlin 1966 (Movie)

(Producer)

Thunderball 1965 (Movie)

(Producer)

From Russia With Love 1964 (Movie)

(Producer)

Goldfinger 1964 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Caretaker 1964 (Movie)

funding (Producer)

The Ipcress File 1964 (Movie)

(Producer)

Dr. No 1963 (Movie)

(Producer)

Saturday Night and Sunday Morning 1961 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Look Back in Anger 1959 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

Canadian-born producer who began in theater and TV in the 1940s and was working in the film industry by mid-decade. Aside from providing the unoriginal story for "The Iron Petticoat" (1956), a "Ninotchka" rip-off which starred the incredibly mismatched team of Bob Hope and Katharine Hepburn, Saltzman did little to receive screen credit, though he did cut his producer's teeth on TV with installments of "Robert Montgomery Presents" and "Captain Gallant of the Foreign Legion".

Saltzman made his name when he became one of the co-founders (with director Tony Richardson and playwright John Osborne) of Woodfall Film Productions, which created some of the cornerstone works of the memorable "Angry Young Man" school of British "kitchen sink" realism. "Look Back in Anger" (1959) was a good adaptation of John Osborne's landmark play featuring a blistering performance by Richard Burton. "Saturday Night and Sunday Morning" (1960), still recognized as one of the signature works of its era, was an even finer film, and brought Albert Finney to stardom. And many still feel that Laurence Olivier gave the performance of a lifetime in "The Entertainer" (1960).

If the "Angry Young Man" films made Saltzman's name, it was his partnership with Albert R. ("Cubby") Broccoli and their purchasing of the screen rights to Ian Fleming's James Bond spy novels that made his fortune. In 1962, the duo formed Eon Productions and brought the first Bond adventure, "Dr. No", to the screen. Although not the international box-office smash its sequels would become, it set a pattern for the handsome, lavishly produced, technically skilled, mildly risible and tongue-in-cheek romps which followed. Via companies such as Eon and the later Danjaq S.A., Saltzman and Broccoli boosted Sean Connery and later Roger Moore to silver screen stardom and cast the mold for the action blockbusters which would later dominate US cinema.

On his own Saltzman also produced another gimmicky but more ironic and dark view of the spying profession, "The Ipcress File" (1965), with Michael Caine as bespectacled agent Harry Palmer. Forming still another company, Lowndes Productions, without Broccoli, Saltzman oversaw two intriguing sequels, "Funeral in Berlin" (1966) and "Billion Dollar Brain" (1967). After "The Man with the Golden Gun" (1974), Saltzman and Broccoli ended their collaboration on the Bond flicks, and Saltzman sold his interest in Danjaq to United Artists. His subsequent output was modest, though he did produce the interesting misfire "Nijinsky" (1980), a biopic of the great dancer and his affair with mentor Sergei Diaghilev; a short-lived Broadway play, "A Little Family Business" (1982); and the fascinating Emir Kusturica art-house item, "Time of the Gypsies" (1988).

Relationships

Steven Saltman

Son
survived him

Adriana Saltzman

Wife
survived him

Hilary Saltzman

Daughter
survived him

Merry Saltzman

Daughter
survived him

Mina Saltzman

Sister
survived him

Milestones

1988

Produced another film eight years later, his last, "Dom Za Vesanje/Time of the Gypsies", a British-Yugoslavian co-production

1982

Produced the short-lived Broadway play, "A Little Family Business", starring Angela Lansbury and John McMartin

1980

Produced first film in six years, "Nijinsky"

1980

Cut down his activities after suffering a stroke

1975

Sold interest in Danjaq to United Artists, which had distributed the James Bond films

1974

Produced last James Bond film, "The Man with the Golden Gun"; was also last producing collaboration with Albert Broccoli

1965

Produced (without Albert Broccoli) the first of three spy films featuring the character of Harry Palmer, "The Ipcress File"

1962

Formed Eon Productions with Albert R. "Cubby" Broccoli

1962

Produced (with Broccoli) the first of the James Bond films, "Dr. No"

1960

First screen credit as "executive producer", "Saturday Night and Sunday Morning"

1959

Produced first film, "Look Back in Anger"

1958

Was one of the co-founders, along with director Tony Richardson and playwright/screenwriter John Osborne, of the production company, Woodfall Film Productions

1956

Provided story basis for the screenplay of the film, "The Iron Petticoat"

1944

Entered the film industry

Emigrated to the USA with his family when he was still an infant

Formed another production company (without Broccoli), Lowndes Productions; first production, "Funeral in Berlin" (1966), a sequel to "The Ipcress File"

Began working in the theater and in TV in the 1940s

Formed another company with Broccoli for film production and distribution, Danjaq S.A.

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