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Martin Campbell : biography

24 October 1943 -

Martin Campbell (born 24 October 1943) is a New Zealand TV and film director.

Filmography

Films

  • The Sex Thief (1973)
  • Three for All (1975)
  • Eskimo Nell (1975)
  • Intimate Games (1976, Uncredited)
  • Criminal Law (1988)
  • Defenseless (1991)
  • No Escape (1994)
  • GoldenEye (1995)
  • The Mask of Zorro (1998)
  • Vertical Limit (2000)
  • Beyond Borders (2003)
  • The Legend of Zorro (2005)
  • Casino Royale (2006)
  • Edge of Darkness (2010)
  • Green Lantern (2011)

Television

  • The Professionals (1978–1980; 5 episodes)
  • Minder (1980; 2 episodes)
  • Shoestring (1980; 1 episode)
  • Reilly: The Ace of Spies (1983; 5 episodes)
  • Charlie (1984 4-part miniseries)
  • Edge of Darkness (1985; 6-part miniseries)
  • Screen Two (1986; 1 episode "Frankie and Johnnie")
  • Cast a Deadly Spell (1991)
  • 10-8: Officers on Duty (2003; 1 episode)
  • Last Resort (2012; 1 episode)

Life and career

Campbell was born in Hastings, New Zealand. He directed two James Bond films, 1995's GoldenEye, starring Pierce Brosnan, and 2006's Casino Royale, starring Daniel Craig, and was the oldest director in the series' history, at the age of 62 (beating the previous record set by Lewis Gilbert, who directed Moonraker at the age of 59). He also directed the two recent Zorro films, The Mask of Zorro (1998) and The Legend of Zorro (2005), both starring Antonio Banderas and Catherine Zeta-Jones. Campbell also directed the 2011 film adaptation of the DC Comics superhero Green Lantern.

On television Campbell had overseen some of the more action-oriented episodes from the TV series The Professionals (1977–1983), however his best known work is the 1985 BBC Television drama serial Edge of Darkness, for which he won the British Academy Television Award for Best Director in 1986. Campbell has also directed a movie remake of Edge of Darkness, starring Mel Gibson and Ray Winstone, and released in 2010. Campbell directed the first episode of the U.S. TV series, Last Resort.

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