Martin Campbell

Director, Producer, Video cameraman
Though his work in film and television was produced in Britain and America, Martin Campbell's career was defined by traits that seem stereotypical of his New Zealand heritage: a cheerful lack of ego and a willingness to ... Read more »
Born: 10/23/1944 in Hastings, , NZ

Filmography

Director (22)

Last Resort 2012 (Tv Show)

Director

Green Lantern 2011 (Movie)

(Director)

Edge of Darkness 2010 (Movie)

(Director)

Casino Royale 2006 (Movie)

(Director)

The Legend of Zorro 2005 (Movie)

(Director)

10-8 2003 (Tv Show)

Director

Beyond Borders 2003 (Movie)

(Director)

Vertical Limit 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

The Mask of Zorro 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

Goldeneye 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

No Escape 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

Charlie 1981 - 1982, 1986 - 1987, 1992 - 1993 (Tv Show)

Director

Homicide: Life on the Street 1981 - 1982, 1986 - 1987, 1992 - 1993 (Tv Show)

Director

Reilly: Ace of Spies 1981 - 1984, 1986 - 1987, 1992 - 1993 (Tv Show)

Director

Defenseless 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

Criminal Law 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

Edge of Darkness 1981 - 1982, 1986 - 1987 (Tv Show)

Director

Bergerac 1981 - 1982 (Tv Show)

Director

Her Family Jewels 1974 (Movie)

(Director)

The Sex Thief 1973 (Movie)

(Director)

Cast a Deadly Spell (TV Show)

Director

The Dive (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (5)

Freight 2015 (Movie)

(Producer)

Killer Women 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Vertical Limit 2000 (Movie)

(Producer)

Scum 1979 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)

Black Joy 1978 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

Though his work in film and television was produced in Britain and America, Martin Campbell's career was defined by traits that seem stereotypical of his New Zealand heritage: a cheerful lack of ego and a willingness to put in a hard day's work. It was this grounded, collaborative spirit that made him a perfect fit with the team behind the venerable James Bond franchise, which Campbell would have the distinction of re-inventing twice. Campbell's first outing with Bond, "GoldenEye" (1995), introduced Pierce Brosnan as the iconic spy re-imagined for a post-Cold War era. His second would rescue the series from the excesses of the late-nineties, rebooting it with "Casino Royale" (2006), a hard-hitting origin story starring Daniel Craig. Unschooled in film, Campbell had learned how to direct the way any laborer learns a trade - by apprenticeship. His first films, produced by pulp writer and Hammer horror veteran Tudor Gates, were exploitative sex comedies that served as laboratory experiments in creating fast-paced, crowd-pleasing films. Martin Campbell was a director who eschewed pretention and auteurism in favor of the fine art of pulse-pounding popcorn fare, bringing the heroics of legends such as James Bond, Zorro, and Green Lantern to marvelous, cinematic life.

Relationships

Solveig Romero Actor

Wife
Married October 7, 2006 in Lausanne, Switzerland

Milestones

2011

Directed the film adaptation of the DC Comics superhero "Green Lantern"

2010

Directed a movie remake of "Edge of Darkness," starring Mel Gibson and Ray Winstone

2006

Directed the 21st James Bond film, "Casino Royale," starring Daniel Craig as 007 and based on the first novel in the James Bond series

2005

Re-teamed with Antonio Banderas and Catherine Zeta-Jones for "The Legend of Zorro"

2003

Directed Angelina Jolie and Clive Owen in "Beyond Borders"

2000

Helmed "Vertical Limits"

1998

Won plaudits for directing "The Mask of Zorro"

1995

Directed the James Bond feature, "GoldenEye"

1994

Helmed the sci-fi action adventure, "No Escape"

1988

American film directorial debut, "Criminal Law"

1985

Directed the BBC Television drama serial, "Edge of Darkness"

1978

Made TV directorial debut with the British crime series, "The Professionals"

1977

Debut as producer, "Black Joy"

1974

Feature directorial debut, "The Sex Thief"

1966

Moved from New Zealand to the UK

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