Roger Spottiswoode

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Roger Spottiswoode
John Roger Spottiswoode

(1945-01-05) 5 January 1945 (age 76)
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • Canadian
  • British
OccupationFilm director
Film editor
Years active1966-present
OrganizationDirectors Guild of America
Directors Guild of Canada
(m. 1983; div. 1997)

John Roger Spottiswoode[1] (born 5 January 1945) is a Canadian-British director, editor and writer of film and television.

Early life[edit]

He was born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, and was raised in Britain. His father Raymond Spottiswoode was a British film theoretician who worked at the National Film Board of Canada during the 1940s, directing such short films such as Wings of a Continent.


In the 1960s, Roger entered the British film industry as a trainee editor where he apprenticed under editor John Bloom. In the early 1970s Spottiswoode edited several films for Sam Peckinpah.[2]

He wanted to direct and Walter Hill advised him the best way in was to write a script. Hill and Spottiswoode collaborated on the scripts for 48 Hours and the never-made The Last Gun. [3]

Spottiswoode turned to directing in the early 1980s and has since directed a number of notable films and television productions, including Under Fire (1983) and the 1997 James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies starring Pierce Brosnan. Spottiswoode was a member of the writing team responsible for 48 Hrs. starring Eddie Murphy and Nick Nolte. In 2000, he directed the science fiction action thriller The 6th Day starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.


Year Film Notes
1980 Terror Train
1981 The Pursuit of D. B. Cooper Replaced director Buzz Kulik
1983 Under Fire
1986 The Best of Times
1988 Shoot to Kill
1989 Turner & Hooch
1990 Air America
1992 Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot
1994 Mesmer
1997 Tomorrow Never Dies
2000 The 6th Day
2003 Spinning Boris
2005 Ripley Under Ground
2007 Shake Hands with the Devil
2008 The Children of Huang Shi
2012 Beyond Right and Wrong Documentary film
Co-directed with Lekha Singh
2014 The Journey Home Co-directed with Brando Quilici
2016 A Street Cat Named Bob


Year Film Notes
1982 The Renegades
1987 The Last Innocent Man TV movie
1989 Third Degree Burn
1993 And the Band Played On
1995 Hiroshima TV movie;
Co-directed with Koreyoshi Kurahara
1997 Murder Live! TV movie
2000 Noriega: God's Favorite
2002 The Matthew Shepard Story
2003 Ice Bound:
A Woman's Survival at the South Pole
2018 The Beach House

As editor[edit]

As writer[edit]

Awards & nominations[edit]




  1. ^ Spottiswoode, John Roger. "Directors Guild of Canada".
  2. ^ "All Aboard...If You Dare!: An Interview with Roger Spottiswoode".
  3. ^ Vagg, Stephen (14 July 2020). ""John Wick with spurs" – A look at Walter Hill's Unmade The Last Gun". Diabolique.

External links[edit]