Martin Campbell

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Martin Campbell
Campbell at CES 2012
Born (1943-10-24) 24 October 1943 (age 80)
Years active1973–present
Sol E. Romero
(m. 2006)

Martin Campbell (born 24 October 1943) is a New Zealand film and television director based in the United Kingdom. He is known for having directed The Mask of Zorro as well as the James Bond films GoldenEye and Casino Royale. He won a BAFTA for his direction of the 1985 television serial Edge of Darkness.

Life and career[edit]

Born in Hastings, New Zealand, Campbell moved to London, where he began his career as a director of softcore sex comedies and action television series in the 1970s. He went on to direct two James Bond films, 1995's GoldenEye, starring Pierce Brosnan, and 2006's Casino Royale, starring Daniel Craig. At 62 years old, Campbell was the oldest director in the series' history, beating the previous record set by Lewis Gilbert. Campbell stated that he was offered the opportunity to direct further James Bond films after GoldenEye; however, he found the plots to be limiting and only considered directing further films if working with a new Bond actor - as he subsequently did with Daniel Craig on Casino Royale.[1]

He directed two 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, as well as The Foreigner (2017), starring Jackie Chan. [2]

On television, Campbell directed the film Cast a Deadly Spell[3] and oversaw 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 2010 movie remake of Edge of Darkness, starring Mel Gibson and Ray Winstone. Campbell directed the first episode of the US TV series Last Resort. and his upcoming film Cleaner is set released on 2024 [4]

Unreleased projects[edit]

In June 2007, Martin Campbell was in negotiations to replace Robert Schwentke as director of the film, now titled Unstoppable. Campbell was involved until March 2009, when Tony Scott came on board as director. Martin Campbell was chosen to direct Hunter Killer, but, on March 3, 2016, it was announced that Donovan Marsh would direct the film.

Personal life[edit]

Martin Campbell has been married to his wife Sol E. Romero, since 2006.[5]



Years Title Notes
1973 The Sex Thief
1975 Three for All
Eskimo Nell
1976 Intimate Games Uncredited
1988 Criminal Law
1991 Defenseless
1994 No Escape
1995 GoldenEye
1998 The Mask of Zorro
2000 Vertical Limit Also producer
2003 Beyond Borders
2005 The Legend of Zorro
2006 Casino Royale Nominated—BAFTA Award for Outstanding British Film
2010 Edge of Darkness
2011 Green Lantern
2017 The Foreigner
2021 The Protégé
2022 Memory
TBA Dirty Angels Also writer


Years Title Notes
1978–1980 The Professionals 5 episodes
1980 Minder 2 episodes
Shoestring Episode "The Teddy Bears’ Nightmare"
1981 Bergerac Episode "Nice People Die in Bed"
1983 Reilly: The Ace of Spies 6 episodes
1984 Charlie 4-part miniseries
1985 Edge of Darkness 6-part miniseries
BAFTA TV Award for Best Drama Series/Serial
1986 Screen Two Episode "Frankie and Johnnie"
1991 Cast a Deadly Spell TV movie
1993 Homicide: Life On The Street Episode "Three Men and Adena"
2003 10-8: Officers on Duty 2 episodes
2012 Last Resort Episode "Captain"
2013 Reckless TV pilot
2014 Warriors TV pilot

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "What Would Bring Goldeneye And Casino Royale's Director Back To James Bond". Cinema Blend. 3 October 2017. Retrieved 1 September 2020.
  2. ^ "Birds Remake Director Martin Campbell Flies the Coop". DreadCentral.
  3. ^ J. O'Connor, John (10 September 1991). "Review/Television; A Detective and Sci-Fi In Los Angeles Magic". The New York Times.
  4. ^ Kroll, Justin (11 October 2023). "'One Piece' Breakout Taz Skylar Joins Daisy Ridley In 'Cleaner'". Deadline. Retrieved 22 October 2023.
  5. ^ Nair, Drishya (19 June 2011). "Martin Campbell says director Forster messed up 'Quantum of Solace'". International Business Times. Retrieved 14 December 2018.

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