|Born||Warren Lee Tamahori
June 17, 1950
Wellington, New Zealand
Upbringing and early career
Educated at Massey High School and Tawa College, he began his career as a commercial artist and photographer. He moved to the film industry in the late 1970s, initially getting in the door by working for nothing, then worked as a boom operator for Television New Zealand, and on 1978 feature Skin Deep, the classic Goodbye Pork Pie, and Bad Blood.
In the early 1980s Geoff Murphy employed him as an assistant director on Utu, and he subsequently worked as first assistant director on films like The Silent One, The Quiet Earth, Came a Hot Friday and Merry Christmas, Mr Lawrence. In 1986 Tamahori co-founded a commercial production company Flying Fish and made his name with a series of high-profile television commercials, including one awarded "Commercial of the Decade".
His break as a filmmaker came with Once Were Warriors (1994), a gritty depiction of urban Māori life that was phenomenally successful in New Zealand. He then moved to Hollywood and directed the period thriller Mulholland Falls (1996), although this was not received well critically or commercially. This was followed by the successful wilderness film The Edge (1997) and Die Another Day (2002), the twentieth James Bond movie. He directed numerous episodes of television shows, in particular an episode of The Sopranos.
On 8 January 2006, Tamahori, dressed as a woman, was arrested in Los Angeles for allegedly offering an undercover police officer oral sex. He was convicted only of criminal trespass, having pled no contest in exchange for other charges being dropped.
- Thunderbox (1989)
- The Ray Bradbury Theater (3 episodes, 1990–1992)
- Once Were Warriors (1994)
- Mulholland Falls (1996)
- The Edge (1997)
- The Sopranos (1 episode, 2000)
- Along Came a Spider (2001)
- Die Another Day (2002)
- xXx: State of the Union (2005)
- Next (2007)
- The Devil's Double (2011)
- "Meet the real Lee Tamahori – locals speak up for shamed director". Bond News. mi6-hq.com. 12 March 2006. Retrieved 25 September 2010.
- Dutta, Kunal (7 August 2011). "Lee Tamahori: The director who has sympathy with the devil". The Independent. Retrieved 8 November 2012.
- "Exclusive Pic From The Devil's Double". Empireonline. Retrieved 25 September 2010.
- "The Devil's Double". IMDb. Amazon. 7 April 2010.
- Munn, Eric (5 February 2006). "Tamahori's double life". Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax. Retrieved 13 December 2007.
- "007 director makes sex case deal". BBC. UK. 24 February 2006. Retrieved 13 December 2007.
|Official James Bond Film Director
- Lee Tamahori The Hollywood Interview
- Lee Tamahori NZ On Screen biography
- Lee Tamahori at the Internet Movie Database