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Born: October 24, 1944 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Hastings, , NZ Profession: director, producer, video cameraman

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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...

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.

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  Umbra (2013)
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  Beyond Borders (2003) Director
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  Vertical Limit (2000) Director
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  Mask of Zorro, The (1998) Director
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  Goldeneye (1995) Director
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  No Escape (1994) Director

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1966:
Moved from New Zealand to the UK
1974:
Feature directorial debut, "The Sex Thief"
1977:
Debut as producer, "Black Joy"
1978:
Made TV directorial debut with the British crime series, "The Professionals"
1985:
Directed the BBC Television drama serial, "Edge of Darkness"
1988:
American film directorial debut, "Criminal Law"
1994:
Helmed the sci-fi action adventure, "No Escape"
1995:
Directed the James Bond feature, "GoldenEye"
1998:
Won plaudits for directing "The Mask of Zorro"
2000:
Helmed "Vertical Limits"
2003:
Directed Angelina Jolie and Clive Owen in "Beyond Borders"
2005:
Re-teamed with Antonio Banderas and Catherine Zeta-Jones for "The Legend of Zorro"
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
2010:
Directed a movie remake of "Edge of Darkness," starring Mel Gibson and Ray Winstone
2011:
Directed the film adaptation of the DC Comics superhero "Green Lantern"
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wife:
Carol Campbell.

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