Martin Campbell

Martin Campbell

  • Birthday: 1943-10-24
  • Place of birth: Hastings, New Zealand

Biography

Martin Campbell knows how to entertain an audience when he steps behind the camera. When he directed The Mask of Zorro (1998), the movie earned Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations and launched the international careers of Antonio Banderas and Catherine Zeta-Jones. Next, when he helmed Vertical Limit (2000), the film was well received by the critics and earned over $200 million in worldwide box-office sales. In addition, Campbell is credited with rejuvenating the James Bond franchise when he directed GoldenEye (1995), Pierce Brosnan's first outing as the famed British spy, which went on to gross more than $350 million. He also directed Daniel Craig's debut Bond feature as well, Casino Royale (2006). Born in New Zealand, Campbell moved to London where he began his career as a cameraman. He went on to produce the controversial British feature Scum (1979), as well as Black Joy (1977), which was selected for competition at the Cannes Film Festival. Campbell made his directorial debut on the British police action series The Professionals (1977) and continued with the popular BBC series Shoestring (1979) and Thames TV's Minder (1979) Considered one of the U.K.'s top directors by the mid-'80s, he directed the highly praised British telefilm, Reilly: Ace of Spies (1983). For his work on Edge of Darkness (1985), a five-hour BBC miniseries about nuclear contamination in England that depicted murder and high-ranking corruption, he won six BAFTA awards. Campbell's first Hollywood movie was Criminal Law (1998) and he went on to direct Defenseless (1991) and No Escape (1994). Some of his American credits include directing HBO's Cast a Deadly Spell (1991) and two episodes of NBC's Homicide: Life on the Street (1993), among others. He also directed the epic romance Beyond Borders (2003) starring Angelina Jolie and Clive Owen.

Filmography

Production

GoldenEye

1995

As Director

The Legend of Zorro

2005

As Director

No Escape

1994

As Director

Vertical Limit

2000

As Director

Edge of Darkness

2010

As Director

The Mask of Zorro

1998

As Director

Beyond Borders

2003

As Director

Defenseless

1991

As Director

Criminal Law

1988

As Director

Casino Royale

2006

As Director

Green Lantern

2011

As Director

Cast a Deadly Spell

1991

As Director

The Sex Thief

1973

As Director

Eskimo Nell

1975

As Director

Three for All

1975

As Director

Frankie and Johnnie

1986

As Director

The Foreigner

2017

As Director

The Protégé

2021

As Director

Memory

2022

As Director

Vertical Limit

2000

As Producer

Black Joy

1977

As Producer

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