Contributed by: The James Bond Movie Encyclopedia by Steven Jay Rubin

(October 24, 1943–     ): New Zealand–born film director, adept at slam-bang action, who helmed GoldenEye, which introduced Pierce Brosnan as Bond in 1995. He returned to the series a decade later to introduce Daniel Craig in Casino Royale, arguably the best Bond picture since Goldfinger.

A native of Hastings, New Zealand, Campbell made his motion picture directing debut on The Sex Thief (1973), then followed that with a number of formative directing assignments on top British television series, particularly The Professionals (5 episodes, 1978–1980); Reilly: Ace of Spies (6 episodes, 1983); and Edge of Darkness (6 episodes 1985), with Bond player Joe Don Baker. Following the international success of GoldenEye, he began to get top feature directing assignments that took him all over the world, including The Mask of Zorro (1998); Vertical Limit (2000); Beyond Borders (2003); The Legend of Zorro (2005); Edge of Darkness (2010); Green Lantern (2011); and The Foreigner (2017), reteaming with Brosnan.


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