June 18, 1960 |
Life and career
Broccoli is the daughter of the James Bond producer Albert R. "Cubby" Broccoli and actress Dana Wilson Broccoli (née Natol). As of 2012, she co-produces Bond films with her half-brother Michael G. Wilson.
James Bond franchise
Broccoli started in the Bond franchise at the age of 17, working in the publicity department of The Spy Who Loved Me. Six years later, she became an assistant director on 1983's Octopussy. Soon after she had worked her way up further to become an associate producer on the film The Living Daylights in 1987. However, her most notable role has been a producer of the Bond films starring Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig.
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Following her father's death in 1996, Broccoli worked with London theatre producer Michael Rose, to create the stage musical version of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang based on the 1968 musical film starring Dick Van Dyke and Sally Ann Howes. Broccoli rehired the original songwriters from the film to write the new material for the stage version. The Sherman Brothers wrote five new songs for the show which debuted on April 16, 2002. The show ran at the London Palladium and was the most financially successful show to have ever played there, breaking numerous other impressive records as well. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang later transferred to Broadway, but was considered a failure, receiving poor reviews and playing just 319 performances, closing with the loss of a large proportion of the initial $15m investment. The musical has toured extensively in the UK and in Asia, with a revised version of the show touring the United States in 2008.
Chariots of Fire (2012 stage play)
Broccoli is currently co-producing Chariots of Fire, the stage adaptation of the film of the same title. Broccoli's involvement with Chariots of Fire extends back to 1980, when she introduced her friend Dodi Fayed to the screenplay, and he ended up co-financing the film and becoming its executive producer. She is co-producing the play along with Hugh Hudson, who directed the 1981 Oscar-winning film.
Other stage play productions
- "Catwalk Confidential"
- "A Steady Rain"
- GoldenEye (1995)
- Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)
- The World Is Not Enough (1999)
- Die Another Day (2002)
- Casino Royale (2006)
- Quantum of Solace (2008)
- Skyfall (2012)
- Barbara Broccoli, who co-produces the Bond films with Michael G Wilson, said Skyfall was "classic Bond but with a contemporary feel". http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-20044627 // Skyfall premiere is biggest and best – Daniel Craig By Tim Masters // October 24, 2012
- Priggé, Steven. Movie moguls speak: interviews with top film producers (p.17)
- Jury, Louise. "Chariots of Fire Will Run in West End... to Honour Dodi Fayed". London Evening Standard. April 19, 2012.