Die Another Day : About The Filmmakers


LEE TAMAHORI (Director) made his feature directorial debut with Once Were Warriors, a powerful and affecting story of a contemporary Maori family in urban New Zealand. The film, based on Alan Duff's highly controversial and best-selling novel, went on to become the highest-grossing film in New Zealand's history, surpassing The Piano and Jurassic Park.

Lee's first American feature was Mulholland Falls, a gritty and powerful crime drama starring Nick Nolte, Melanie Griffith, Chazz Palmintieri, Michael Madsen, Chris Penn, Jennifer Connelly, Andrew McCarthy and John Malkovich. Mulholland Falls is about four no-nonsense cops nicknamed "the hat squad" who formed an elite unit of the Los Angeles Police Department in the early 1950's.

Tamahori joined the New Zealand film industry in the late 1970's, becoming an assistant director in the early 1980's. A multi-award-winning commercial director, he began directing commercials ten years ago and has since directed over a hundred spots, winning such television commercial awards as a Mobius (USA), Facts (Australia), and Axis (New Zealand).

Lee's second American feature film, The Edge, was released in 1997. The contemporary drama, written by David Mamet and produced by Art Linson, stars Anthony Hopkins and Alec Baldwin and was filmed on location in Alberta, Canada.

Lee's latest feature, Along Came A Spider, was another installment of the Alex Cross detective thrillers written by James Patterson. It starred Morgan Freeman and Monica Potter.

MICHAEL G. WILSON (Producer), a native New Yorker, graduated from college as an electrical engineer. He then studied law at Stanford University and became a partner in a prestigious Washington, D. C. , New York law firm and a specialist in international taxation.

Wilson joined Eon Productions in a legal-administrative capacity in 1972 and was named assistant to the producer on The Spy Who Loved Me. He received his stripes as executive producer on Moonraker and continued with that credit on the following two Bond films. His creative abilities are evident in that he co-wrote For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy, A View to a Kill, The Living Daylights, and Licence to Kill. He became co-producer with his stepfather, the late Albert R. Broccoli, on A View to a Kill, continuing with The Living Daylights, and Licence to Kill.

When James Bond returned to the screen after an absence of six years in GoldenEye, Wilson produced the hugely successful film with Barbara Broccoli. Two years later they were responsible for the equally successful Tomorrow Never Dies, followed by The World Is Not Enough.

Wilson is interested in all aspects of still photography and is recognized as a leading international expert on early photography. He keeps his extensive collection in London, loaning out rare material to museums, galleries, and exhibitions around the world, and is a director of the UK's National Museum of Photography, Film and Television in Bradford.

BARBARA BROCCOLI (Producer) is a graduate of Loyola University, Los Angeles, where she majored in motion picture and television communications. She worked in the production and casting departments at Eon for many years.

Barbara was an assistant director on Octopussy and A View to a Kill, and was the associate producer with Tom Pevsner on The Living Daylights and Licence to Kill. She produced GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies and The World Is Not Enough with Michael G. Wilson. Barbara is also the head of development for Danjaq LLC.

Through her own independent production company, Astoria Productions, Barbara recently produced (with Amanda Schiff) Crime of the Century for HBO, starring Stephen Rea and Isabella Rossellini and directed by Mark Rydell from a screenplay by William Nicholson, based on a book by Ludovic Kennedy. The television film, about the kidnapping of the Lindbergh baby, was nominated for four Golden Globe Awards - Best Film, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor - in the category covering Motion Pictures or Miniseries Made for Television.

Eon Productions produced a new stage show of the musical "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" which opened at the Palladium Theatre on April 16, 2002.

NEAL PURVIS and ROBERT WADE (Screenwriters) also wrote the screenplay for The World Is Not Enough. They formed their team in 1991 to write the screenplay of the British screen thriller Let Him Have It, the controversial true story of Bentley and Craig, who were accused of killing a policeman during an armed robbery. The successful movie was directed by Peter Medak.

Two years later they wrote the screenplay The Puppet Masters. In 1995 they wrote five screenplays - An American Werewolf in Paris, Killing Me for director John Mackenzie, Return to Sender, Lying Doggo and The Wasp Factory, an adaptation of Iain Banks' novel.

In 1997 they wrote Mabus for the Oxford Film Company, The Devil Has No Sympathy, and Plunkett & Macleane and Gridiron for Working Title Productions. They also wrote Skin for Lumiere International in 1998. Last year they were responsible for the screenplay Johnny English: Rogue Male.

ANTHONY WAYE (Executive Producer) has been a leading member of the British film industry for over forty years, with a wealth of experience on the production side of international feature films.

Starting at Pinewood Studios as a trainee, he quickly moved up the assistant director ranks to 1st assistant director. He spent nearly twenty years in this position and worked on many major feature films, including the original Star Wars, The Elephant Man, Ladyhawke, Clash of the Titans, Julia, and two James Bond films - For Your Eyes Only and Octopussy. He was presented the coveted DGA (Directors Guild of America) Award for Julia as assistant director to the late Fred Zinnemann.

Moving on from assistant director, Waye did several films as production supervisor, including three further James Bond films - A View to a Kill, The Living Daylights, and Licence to Kill. He then became associate producer on GoldenEye, and line producer for Tomorrow Never Dies, a position he repeated for The World Is Not Enough. His association with Eon Productions has spanned twenty-one years and this current 007 adventure is his ninth Bond outing.

Anthony Waye is a Governor for the Guild of Production Executives and has worked in various film making capacities in over twenty-five countries.

CALLUM McDOUGALL's (Co-Producer) first job in the film industry was as a production runner on such films as Victor/Victoria and the Hammer House of Horror television series.

In 1982 he became a third assistant director on Curse of the Pink Panther and various other films, including Monty Python's The Meaning of Life and The Keep, before moving up to second assistant director in 1985. In this capacity, he worked on over twenty productions, including two Bond films (The Living Daylights and Licence To Kill), the television series Inspector Morse, and The Storyteller, The Witches, and The Muppet Christmas Carol, all for Jin Henson Productions. He also served as 2nd AD on three seasons of George Lucas' internationally acclaimed television series The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles and Lucasfilm/Universal's feature Radioland Murders.

McDougall then moved up to production manager on the 007 film GoldenEye, a role he also performed on Fierce Creatures and the live action remake of 101 Dalmatians. He was production supervisor on Tomorrow Never Dies and Alien Love Triangle, and co-produced Danny Boyle's The Beach starring Leonardo DiCaprio. He was executive in charge of production on Beautiful Creatures, Strictly Sinatra and The Final Curtain for DNA Films.

With Duncan Kenworthy and Andrew Macdonald, McDougall recently produced the comedy film The Parole Officer starring Steve Coogan.

PETER LAMONT (Production Designer) is an Academy Award® winner and a veteran of the Bond movies. Die Another Day marks his seventeenth 007 adventure. He began his association on Goldfinger as a draftsman in the art department, and has worked on every Bond adventure since (except for Tomorrow Never Dies, when he was unavailable because he was designing the sets for James Cameron's multi award-winning Titanic), progressing through chief draftsman, assistant art director, set decorator and art director. His first film as production designer on Bond was For Your Eyes Only, and he continued in this capacity for Octopussy, A View to a Kill, The Living Daylights, Licence to Kill, Goldeneye, and The World Is Not Enough.

Lamont received an Oscar® nomination (together with production designer Ken Adam) as art director for The Spy Who Loved Me, and was also honored with an Academy Award® nomination for set decoration on Fiddler on the Roof. He won an Oscar® for his work as production designer on Titanic.

His films as art director have included Sleuth, The Dove, The Seven Per-Cent Solution, The Boys From Brazil, and Sphinx.

Lamont was also production designer on Aliens - for which he received both British and American Academy Award® nominations - Consuming Passions, Eve of Destruction, The Taking of Beverly Hills, True Lies, and the science-fiction film Wing Commander, based on the hugely successful CD-ROM game.

DAVID TATTERSALL (Director of Photography) has established himself as one of the UK's most talented cameraman at a relatively young age. He was responsible for the cinematography on George Lucas' Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, as well as the more recent Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones. In between these two high profile productions he was director of photography for The Green Mile, Vertical Limit, and The Majestic. During the same period he lit a number of The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones.

Prior to 1999, Tattersall directed photography for Soldier, Con Air, Wind in the Willows, Moll Flanders, Theodore Rex, Radioland Murders, Sleepwalker, The Bridge, 24 episodes of The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles TV series, and the TV production of Young Indiana Jones and the Treasure of the Peacock's Eye.

CHRISTIAN WAGNER (Editor) - after working as associate editor to Tony Scott on such films as Revenge, Days of Thunder and The Last Boy Scout - earned his stripes as a fully qualified editor on Hero and the Terror in 1988. He rapidly made a name for himself by working on such diverse international movies as True Romance, Chasers, Bad Boys, and Fair Game.

After editing The Fan in 1996, Wagner became much in demand and went on to edit Face/Off, The Negotiator, and Mission: Impossible 2. Most recently he worked as editor on Tony Scott's Spy Game, which starred Robert Redford and Brad Pitt.

LINDY HEMMING (Costume Designer) was born in Wales and attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art studying stage management and design. On graduation she began working in London's fringe theatre and at The Open Space and the Hampstead Theatre Club. This led to West End productions and subsequent commissions from The Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal National Theatre.

Keen to expand her design experience to film and TV, Lindy began by working for a year at London Weekend Television. In 1983 she worked on director Richard Eyre's films Loose Connections and Laughterhouse and Mike Leigh's Meantime, High Hopes, and Life is Sweet, which won the Best Film award from the U. S. National Film Critics Society.

In 1985 she worked on Stephen Frears' highly acclaimed My Beautiful Launderette with Daniel Day Lewis and on 84 Charing Cross Road with Anthony Hopkins and Anne Bancroft.

Recent credits include The Krays, Hear My Song, the award-winning Naked, and Four Weddings and a Funeral. After completing GoldenEye, Lindy designed costumes for Blood and Wine with Jack Nicholson and Michael Caine, Funnybones and The Brave with Johnny Depp and Marlon Brando. After serving as costume designer for the Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies, she worked on Mike Leigh's Untitled '98; Somme, written and directed by William Boyd; and Little Voice directed by Mark Herman. She was then assigned as costume designer for the last Bond film, The World Is Not Enough.

VIC ARMSTRONG (Action Unit Director) was one of the cinema world's top stuntmen and was much in demand by moviemakers on both sides of the Atlantic throughout the '60s, '70s, and '80s.

As 2nd unit director on Tomorrow Never Dies, Armstrong was responsible for the many spectacular action sequences which played such an important role in the film's international success. His work on the exciting River Thames boat chase for the pre-title sequence of The World Is Not Enough was equally as spectacular. He was 2nd unit director for Entrapment and also directed the car chase sequence of The Avengers.

He has also directed a number of movies in his own right, including FX2, Double Impact, The Joshua Tree, and The Chronicles of Young Indiana Jones, all of which are memorable for their exciting action sequences.

CHRIS CORBOULD (Special Effects Supervisor) - after numerous international movies as a senior technician - supervised the floor effects for the first time on the fifteenth Bond film, The Living Daylights. He made his debut as a qualified supervisor in 1989 on Nightbreed. He has since worked as supervisor or floor supervisor on films such as Highlander II, Hudson Hawk, Far and Away, Interview With the Vampire and Sir Richard Attenborough's Shadowlands.

Die Another Day is the fourth Bond film for which he has supervised the special effects, but it is his tenth 007 adventure. The others are The Spy Who Loved Me (SFX technician), Moonraker (SFX technician), For Your Eyes Only (senior technician), A View to a Kill (senior technician), The Living Daylights (floor supervisor), Licence to Kill (2nd unit supervisor), GoldenEye (special effects supervisor), Tomorrow Never Dies (special effects supervisor), and The World Is Not Enough (special effects supervisor).

Between working on GoldenEye and Tomorrow Never Dies, Corbould went to South Africa to supervise special effects on Ghost and the Darkness and to Canada for Firestorm, directed by Australian Dean Semler. Before starting work on The World Is Not Enough, he worked in Marrakech and the Sahara Desert on the action-adventure film The Mummy. His recent films include 102 Dalmatians and Tomb Raider.

MARA BRYAN (Visual Effects Technician) is working on her fourth Bond film with Die Another Day. She was visual effects coordinator on GoldenEye, visual effects/ videographics producer on Tomorrow Never Dies, and visual effects supervisor on The World Is Not Enough (one of seven films short-listed for an Academy Award nomination for VFX).

Mara was also credited as visual effects coordinator on Judge Dredd; as production supervisor for miniature effects on The Adventures of Pinocchio; as visual effects supervisor/producer on Dark City; as visual effects supervisor/2nd unit director on Sophie's World; and as visual effects supervisor on the uncompleted Ocean Warrior.

Her early work includes serving as head of production for Cinesite (Europe) Limited, VFX producer for The Computer Film Company, and head of production for CAL Videographics Limited.

GEORGE AGUILAR (Stunt Coordinator) excelled as a stuntman in many of the top action movies over the past decade. He's been in demand as a stunt coordinator since first working in this capacity six years ago.

His work over the last five years includes Rear Window, Big Daddy, Keeping The Faith, Frequency, Pollock, Meet The Parents, Blair Witch 2, Finding Forrester, and the more recent Ocean's Eleven, Gangs of New York and Tuck Everlasting.

He was also stunt coordinator for the TV series The Beat and the TV film Homicide: The Movie.

Aguilar regularly appears in movies as an actor - usually in films which are action orientated. He is credited as playing Indian braves, cops, guards and other diverse characters, both good and bad. His most notable guest appearances on television include the roles of Irontree in an episode of Mann & Machine and Wakasa in an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

DEBBIE McWILLIAMS has cast seven previous Bond films - For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy, A View to a Kill, The Living Daylights, GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, and The World Is Not Enough - so it is almost second nature for her.

After graduating with a BA in English and American Literature from Manchester University, Debbie worked at the Royal Court Theatre, the Mermaid Theatre, the Bush Theatre and with Yorkshire Television over four years since starting in 1972.

After three years as assistant to casting director Mary Selway, she was company director of The Casting Company UK from 1980-89. She began operating as a freelance casting director in 1990.

Debbie's impressive list of credits include Superman II and III, The Saga of HMS Bounty, Shock Treatment, Dragon Slayer, Moonlighting, Pirates of Penzance, Finders Keepers, Private Function, American Werewolf in London, Spies Like Us, Prayer For The Dying, Henry V, Caravaggio, My Beautiful Launderette, Sammie and Rosie Get Laid, Personal Services, Monty Python's The Meaning of Life, and Othello, as well as the seven aforementioned 007 adventures.

Her work on television includes Giro City, Squaring The Circle, Echoes, Inspector Morse, The Wanderer (13-part series throughout Europe), Tales from The Crypt, Bravo Two Zero, Beyond Fear, Only Love, and The Alchemist.

JONATHAN TAYLOR (Action Unit Cameraman) has worked extensively with several major international movie camera crews over the past twenty-five years.

He was the director of photography on the second unit of Independence Day; the second unit and visual effects unit of Stargate; the visual effects unit of Cutthroat Island; the second unit and visual effects unit of Spawn; the visual effects unit of The Long Kiss Goodnight; and as Vistavision cameraman on The Madness of King George.

He was also the director of photography on the second unit of the last two Bond films, Tomorrow Never Dies and The World Is Not Enough. Most recently, he was second unit director of photography on Charlie's Angels, The Fast and the Furious, Planet of the Apes and The Last Castle.

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