GoldenEye - About the Crew

Last Update: 30 October 2000
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ALBERT R. "CUBBY" BROCCOLI presents the latest James Bond adventure GoldenEye, the seventeenth installment of the most popular film franchise of all time.

One of the film industry's most esteemed producers, Broccoli has enjoyed a long and illustrious career, spanning over five decades. In 1982, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences bestowed on him the coveted Irving G. Thalberg Award in recognition of his outstanding achievements as a motion picture producer, putting his name alongside such prior recipients as Alfred Hitchcock, William Wyler, Ingmar Bergman, Billy Wilder, Samuel Goldwyn, David O. Selznick, Cecil B. de Mille and Walt Disney.

Broccoli has been a major contributor to the British film industry, producing over 30 international movies in the United Kingdom. In 1987, he was honored with an OBE (Order of the British Empire) and named Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres by the French Government.

A native of Long Island, New York, Broccoli's career start was far less auspicious. His first job was serving as the humble assistant who called reveille for the Native American extras in The Outlaw. At least it was under director Howard Hawks, though Howard Hughes ultimately took over the director's baton.

His first film as a producer was Red Beret (released in the U.S. as Paratrooper), starring Alan Ladd. He later spent three months at the South Pole living in sub-zero temperatures aboard a Danish icebreaker to make Hell Below Zero, again starring Alan Ladd.

In 1962, a 45-minute conversation with the then-head of United Artists led to the realization of one of Broccoli's greatest ambitions. The studio agreed to back the film adaptation of Ian Fleming's Dr. No, bringing Fleming's super secret agent, James Bond, to the big screen. Broccoli made the film in association with his former partner Harry Saltzman, and the rest is cinematic history.

Fifteen James Bond adventures have followed on which Broccoli has served as producer: From Russia With Love, Goldfinger, Thunderball, You Only Live Twice, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Diamonds Are Forever, Live and Let Die, The Man With the Golden Gun, The Spy Who Loved Me, Moonraker, For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy, A View to a Kill, The Living Daylights and Licence to Kill. For over 30 years, these films have continued to thrill millions of fans the world over with an irresistible mix of explosive action, heart-stopping suspense and tongue-in-cheek humor.

Broccoli also produced the beloved musical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, which was based on Ian Fleming's classic children's story, and includes among his other producing credits The Trials of Oscar Wilde, Fire Down Below, Interpol, Zarak, Safari, The Cockleshell Heroes, A Prize of Gold and Black Night.

Outside of his film work, another of Broccoli's goals was fulfilled on July 18, 1988 in a ceremony that took place in New York. The occasion was the dedication of the new Dana and Albert Broccoli Building, housing the girls' wing of the Variety Boys and Girls Club of Queens, not far from the place where Broccoli was raised.

After 27 years based in London, he and wife Dana, a writer, make their home in Los Angeles. Broccoli has said that he is as excited about each new Bond film as he was when Dr. No first went before the cameras those 33 years ago.

 

MARTIN CAMPBELL (Director) had established himself as a successful director in England before moving to the United States to helm his first major studio release, the suspense thriller Criminal Law, starring Kevin Bacon and Gary Oldman. He then directed Defenseless, with Barbara Hershey and Sam Shepard. Most recently, he directed the hit action drama No Escape, starring Ray Liotta.

For the small screen, he recently directed the HBO drama Cast a Deadly Spell, and two episodes of the acclaimed NBC series Homicide.

Campbell was born in New Zealand and moved to the United Kingdom in 1966 where he began his career as a video cameraman. He later line produced the controversial British feature Scum and then produced Black Joy, which was selected for competition at the Cannes Film Festival.

He made his directorial debut on the police action series The Professionals, followed by the BBC's popular drama series Shoestring, and ITV's Minder. In 1986, he directed the award-winning BBC mini-series Edge of Darkness, which received international acclaim.

His additional credits in the United Kingdom include the telefilms Frankie and Johnny and Muck & Brass, and the mini-series Charlie and Reilly - Ace of Spies, which he co-directed with Jim Goddard.

 

MICHAEL G. WILSON (Producer) has enjoyed a long association with the record-breaking James Bond film franchise.

He first earned his producing stripes as the executive producer on Moonraker and went on to serve in the same capacity on For Your Eyes Only and Octopussy. He produced (with Albert R. Broccoli) the three most recent Bond films A View to a Kill, The Living Daylights and Licence to Kill. Wilson's creative contribution to these films extends beyond his producing duties. He also co-wrote the screenplays for all of the aforementioned Agent 007 action adventures, except Moonraker.

A native New Yorker, Wilson studied law at Stanford University, later becoming a partner at a prestigious Washington, D.C./New York law firm, specializing in international taxation. In 1972, he joined Eon Productions in a legal/administrative capacity. He was named assistant to the producer on The Spy Who Loved Me.

In addition to his work on motion pictures, Wilson is also interested in still photography. He is recognized as a leading expert on early photography and loans his extensive collection of rare photos to museums, galleries and exhibitions around the world.

 

BARBARA BROCCOLI (Producer) is the head of development for the Cubby Broccoli company Danjaq, Inc. She has also worked in the production and casting departments at Eon Productions for a number of years.

Though GoldenEye marks her first film as a producer, Broccoli has previously worked in different capacities on earlier Bond adventures. She was an assistant director on Octopussy and A View to a Kill. She then became the associate producer (with Tom Pevsner) on the last two Bond adventures, The Living Daylights and Licence to Kill.

Prior to starting her career, Broccoli earned her degree from Loyola University in Los Angeles, California, where she majored in motion picture and television communications.

 

JEFFREY CAINE (Screenwriter) began his writing career as a novelist, beginning with the psychological thriller The Cold Room. The book was later adapted into a movie for HBO, starring George Segal and directed by James Deardon. Caine also wrote the novel Heathcliff and co-authored the book The Homing.

In the early 1980s, he started writing for television and contributed to a number of British series, including Dempsey and Makepeace for LWT, and Bergerac for the BBC. He also created the award-nominated series The Chief for Anglia TV, which has just concluded its fifth season.

Though GoldenEye marks his first produced feature screenplay, Caine has written several scripts that have been optioned and are in development with other studios.

Born in London, Caine was educated at the Universities of Sussex and Leeds. He taught English in schools and colleges for three years before becoming a professional writer.

 

BRUCE FEIRSTEIN (Screenwriter) has enjoyed a successful, multi-faceted career as a writer for the screen, books and magazines.

A best-selling humorist, he authored the books Real Men Don't Eat Quiche and Nice Guys Sleep Alone. His writing has appeared in many of the most widely-read newspapers and magazines, including Vanity Fair, where he is a contributing editor, The New York Times, where he served as a contributor to the editorial page, The New Yorker, Spy, The New Republic, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, New York Magazine and TV Guide. He also writes a column for The New York Observer.

For television, he wrote and produced the ACE-nominated one-act play The Best Legs in Eighth Grade, wrote and directed episodes of the syndicated anthology series Monsters, and was a guest writer for Saturday Night Live. His short film, Home, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Additionally, he won 11 Clio Awards for writing and directing many high profile consumer and political advertising campaigns.

After writing--and selling--12 unproduced screenplays, GOLDENEYE marks Feirstein's first feature film onscreen credit.

 

MICHAEL FRANCE (Story) previously wrote the smash hit action-thriller Cliffhanger, starring Sylvester Stallone and directed by Renny Harlin. Currently, he is working on the big-screen adaptation of the popular comic book The Fantastic Four for producer Chris Columbus.

Hailing from Florida, France attended the University of Florida and Columbia University before beginning his writing career.

France's background research for GoldenEye took him to Moscow and St. Petersburg where he observed the current state of military and intelligence circles in Russia. As an American, he also had the rare opportunity to go inside KGB headquarters in Moscow and tour military and nuclear facilities.

He also familiarized himself with the latest advances in espionage tools and tactics, as well as high-tech weaponry, including the electromagnetic pulse generator.

 

TOM PEVSNER (Executive Producer) previously served as associate producer on the Bond hits For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy, A View To A Kill, The Living Daylights and Licence To Kill. GoldenEye marks his first film as executive producer.

The son of the distinguished architectural historian, Sir Nikolaus Pevsner, he served in the British Army from 1944 to 1948 before earning a degree in Modern Languages at Cambridge University. In 1951, Pevsner entered the film industry under Sir Michael Balcon at the famed Ealing Studios.

He began as a third assistant director and moved up to first A.D. on now-classic Ealing productions, such as The Ladykillers. He later served as associate producer on such films as A High Wind in Jamaica, Fred Zinnemann's Julia and John Badham's Dracula, starring Frank Langella and Sir Laurence Olivier. Over the years, he has worked with some of the most celebrated filmmakers in the world, including Billy Wilder, John Huston, John Ford, Jules Dassin, Alexander Mackendrick, Anatole Litvak and Stanley Donen, among others.

 

PHIL MEHEUX (Director of Photography) has lensed all of director Martin Campbell's feature films, including Criminal Law, Defenseless and No Escape.

Meheux began his career as a studio projectionist for the BBC in 1962. Two years later, he photographed and edited a short film, which resulted in his earning a place in the BBC Film Training course. His first chance as a cameraman came on Tony Palmer's documentary about modern music, All My Loving. He also worked on the Man Alive series, shooting 18 full-length documentaries.

He went on to shoot John Mackenzie's Just Another Saturday, which won the 1975 Italia Prize. He continued to work at the BBC on a variety of projects, including the filmed plays The Whip Hand, Elephant's Graveyard, Double Dare and Spend, Spend, Spend, which won the BAFTA award for Best Single Play of 1977.

After 12 years with the BBC, Meheux left to shoot his first 35mm film, Black Joy, and then Alan Clarke's controversial Scum, both of which were produced by Martin Campbell. His first major feature film was John Mackenzie's The Long Good Friday. His other credits include Highlander II, Renegades, Max Headroom - The Original Story, The Honorary Consul, Experience Preferred But Not Essential, Who Dares Wins, The Final Conflict: Damien Omen III and additional photography for The Killing Fields.

 

PETER LAMONT (Production Designer) is a three-time Academy Award nominee and another longtime veteran of the Bond movies, having now worked on 15 of the action hits. His first was Goldfinger, on which he started as a draftsman in the art department, and he then worked his way up to set decorator and art director on succeeding films. He earned an Oscar nomination for the art direction on The Spy Who Loved Me, and was subsequently named production designer on For Your Eyes Only. He has since served as production designer on Octopussy, A View to a Kill, The Living Daylights and Licence to Kill.

One of the film industry's most sought-after production designers, Lamont has lent his talents to a number of diverse films. He garnered both Academy Award and BAFTA nominations for his work on the sci-fi thriller Aliens, and most recently designed the Arnold Schwarzenegger starrer True Lies. He includes among his additional credits The Taking of Beverly Hills, Eve of Destruction and Consuming Passions.

In addition, he was the art director on such films as Sphinx, The Boys From Brazil, The Seven Percent Solution, The Dove and Sleuth. He also served as the set decorator on the film version of Fiddler on the Roof, for which he shared in another Academy Award nomination.

 

TERRY RAWLINGS (Editor) earned both American and British Academy Award nominations for his work on the Oscar-winning Best Picture Chariots of Fire. He had earlier garnered a British Academy Award nod for Ridley Scott's sci-fi thriller Alien. Rawlings went on to work again with Scott on the futuristic action hit Blade Runner and Legend.

Most recently, Rawlings worked with director Martin Campbell on the action-drama No Escape. His additional film credits include The Sentinel, Watership Down, Barbra Streisand's Yentl, F/X, The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne, White of the Eye, Slipstream, Not Without My Daughter and Alien3.

Rawlings began his editing career as a trainee at Elstree Studios. He made his debut as a sound editor on the 1960 film The Pot Carriers and then dubbed The Dock Brief and The L-Shaped Room. He went on to earn British Academy Award nominations for his sound editing of Women in Love and Isadora. His last film as a sound editor was Ridley Scott's first feature, The Duelists.

 

LINDY HEMMING (Costume Designer) has created the costumes for a variety of projects, from period dramas to contemporary comedies. She most recently earned praise for her designs for the international comedy smash Four Weddings and a Funeral. Her oss Road, starring Anne Bancroft, Anthony Hopkins and Judi Dench, and Stephen Frears' highly praised My Beautiful Launderette, starring Daniel Day-Lewis.

Currently, she is in the United States to work on Blood and Wine, starring Jack Nicholson, for director Bob Rafelson.

Born in Wales, Hemming attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Upon graduating, she began working in London's fringe theatre and at the Open Space Theatre and Hampstead Theatre Club. Her growing reputation led to West End productions and commissions from the Royal Shakepeare Company and the Royal National Theatre.

Wanting to design for film and television, Hemming accepted an invitation to work for London Weekend Network television. She subsequently worked on such projects as Loose Connections and the telefilm Laughter House, both for director Richard Eyre; and High Hopes, Life Is Sweet and the telefilm Meantime, all directed by Mike Leigh.

 

ERIC SERRA (Composer), born in France, has written the scores for all of noted French director Luc Besson's films, making his film composing debut on Besson's first film, The Last Battle.

Serra then composed the music for Besson's Subway, for which he earned the French award Victoire de la Meilleure Musique de Film and a nomination for a Cesar, the French equivalent of an Oscar. He went on to write the scores for Pierre Grimblat's La Nuit Du Flingueur, and Kamikaze, which was co-directed by Didier Grousset and Luc Besson.

He won a second Victoire de la Meilleure Musique de Film as well as the Cesar and Grand Prix Awards for his music for Besson's The Big Blue. The film also spawned a hugely successful soundtrack, which topped the charts in France for three months.

Serra has since composed the music for Besson's acclaimed films Atlantis and La Femme Nikita, which also spawned bestselling soundtrack albums in France. Most recently, he won his third Victoire de la Meilleure Musique de Film Award for his score for the director's latest film, The Professional.

In addition to his work as a composer, Serra is an accomplished musician who has performed in concert and recorded with a number of top international musical artists.

 

TINA TURNER becomes the latest of a long line of celebrated musical artists who have performed the title song of a James Bond film.

For over three decades Turner has been one of the music industry's most enduring and admired performers. She has electrified fans at sell out stadium concerts around the world with her tireless energy and singularly evocative style, and has repeatedly topped the record charts with such hits as What's Love Got to Do With It?, Private Dancer and Let's Stay Together. In addition, she sang the theme song to the action hit Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, in which she also starred with Mel Gibson.

Turner first burst onto the rock scene in the '60s as the undisputed star of the Ike & Tina Turner Review, putting her indelible stamp on that seminal musical era with her distinctive voice and dynamic stage persona. Her earliest smashes include the songs River Deep, Mountain High, Proud Mary, I Want to Take You Higher, Come Together and her self-penned Nutbush City Limits.

In 1993, Turner's inspiring life story was chronicled in the hit film What's Love Got To Do With It?. Based on her autobiography, I, Tina, it became one of the most acclaimed movies of the year, garnering multiple Academy Award nominations and captivating a new generation of fans.

 

IAN SHARP (2nd Unit Director) has helmed both first and second units for a variety of film and television projects.

He previously handled the 2nd unit for the hit animated/live action feature Who Framed Roger Rabbit?. His directing credits include the films The Music Machine and Who Dares Wins. He also directed the international television projects Pleasure, Secret Weapon, Pride and Extreme Prejudice, Twist of Fate, Codename Kyril, Yesterday's Dreams, The Corsican Brothers, and several episodes of the British series Robin of Sherwood.

Born in England, Sharp was an accomplished musician in his youth, studying violin under Reginald Stead, the head of the BBC Symphony Orchestra. After graduating from the University of Durham, he eventually enrolled in the BBC Director's Course. For eight years, he concentrated on making documentaries, before being hired to direct for the popular British series Minder and The Professionals.

 

CHRIS CORBOULD (Special Effects Supervisor) counts GoldenEye as the first Bond film for which he has supervised the special effects, though he has worked on the special effects for several in the franchise. He was the second unit supervisor on Licence to Kill, floor supervisor on The Living Daylights, senior technician on A View to a Kill and For Your Eyes Only, and a technician on Moonraker and The Spy Who Loved Me.

His additional film credits include Shadowlands, Far and Away, Hudson Hawk, Highlander II and Nightbreed.

Corbould was introduced to the magic of special effects early in life. His uncle is Colin Chilvers, who won an Academy Award for his work on the first Superman movie.

 

SIMON CRANE (Stunt Coordinator) has planned and executed some of the screen's most daring stunts during the course of his challenging career. Some of his most spectacular stunt work has been seen in the earlier Bond movies A View to a Kill, The Living Daylights and Licence to Kill, doubling Timothy Dalton in the latter two.

Crane was the aerial stunt coordinator and a stunt performer for Cliffhanger, in which he set a record for the first jet-to-jet mid-air transfer. More recently, he was co-stunt coordinator for Mel Gibson's Braveheart. He includes among his additional coordinating and second unit directing credits Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, and three seasons of television's The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles.

He has also performed stunts in over 40 features, including: Total Recall, Batman, Alien3, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (doubling Kevin Costner), Rambo 3, Air America (doubling Mel Gibson), Aliens, Willow, Empire of the Sun, Superman 4, A Fish Called Wanda, Little Shop of Horrors and The Fourth Protocol, for which he doubled Pierce Brosnan.

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