MARTIN CAMPBELL (Director) is one of the most revered action
directors in the
world with credits that include two critically acclaimed James Bond films.
Born in New Zealand, Campbell moved to England in 1966 to pursue his career
as a cinematographer. He graduated from cameraman to producer for a film called
Scum, and then Black Joy, which was selected for competition at the Cannes Film
Festival. Martin made his directorial debut on the British police action series
Professionals," and continued with the popular BBC series "Shoestring" and
TV's "Minder." Considered one of the Britain's top directors by the mid 1980s,
directed the highly praised British television film, "Reilly: Ace of Spies." For
his work on
"Edge of Darkness," a five-hour BBC miniseries about nuclear contamination in
that depicted murder and high-ranking corruption, he won six BAFTA awards.
Martin's first Hollywood movie was Criminal Law followed by Defenseless and
Escape. In 1995, Martin directed Pierce Brosnan in his first outing as the famed
spy James Bond in Golden Eye. Martin was credited with rejuvenating the
the movie, which went on to gross more than $350 million worldwide. Martin next
helmed The Mask of Zorro, the movie earned Academy Award and Golden Globe
nominations and launched the international careers of Antonio Banderas and
Zeta-Jones. In 2000, Martin directed the mountaineering action adventure,
Limits. The film was well received by the critics and earned over $200 million
worldwide box office sales.
In late 2006 Martin's second Bond movie, Casino Royale, was released. This
critical tour de force was not only a box office smash, but is already
considered one of
the best Bond films ever made. Martin brilliantly introduced Daniel Craig into
the role of
Bond and delivered a film that was fresh and exciting.
Other credits include the epic romance Beyond Borders starring Angelina Jolie
and Clive Owen and the movie remake of Edge of Darkness, starring Mel Gibson and
Ray Winstone, released in 2010.
Some of Campbell's other American credits include directing HBO's "Cast A
Deadly Spell" and two episodes of NBC's "Homicide: Life on The Street," among
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