Martin Campbell (born 24 October 1943) is a New Zealand TV and film director. Campbell was born in Hastings, New Zealand. He directed two James Bond films, 1995’s GoldenEye, starring Pierce Brosnan, and 2006’s Casino Royale, starring Daniel Craig, and was the first Bond director since John Glen to direct more than one film, as well as the oldest director in the series’ history, at the age of 62 (beating the previous record set by Lewis Gilbert, who directed Moonraker at the age of 59). He also directed the two recent Zorro films, The Mask of Zorro (1998) and The Legend of Zorro (2005), both starring Antonio Banderas and Catherine Zeta-Jones.
On television Campbell had overseen 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 movie remake of… read more
Brosnan does well, but he would unfortunately never be in another tolerable Bond movie. The seeds of what makes the Brosnan era as a whole so dismal are present in GoldenEye (Bond as more action hero than spy, etc.), but GoldenEye is still one of the better Bond movies. Not a great movie, but it's a fine action movie and a fine take on 007, especially compared to most of the other silly spectacle-focused Bond flicks.
Easily one of the best Bond films of all time. Pierce Brosnan nails it in his debut as 007, maintaining the cynical edge of Timothy Dalton but also injecting some of the wit and charm of Roger Moore. GoldenEye is also an impressive debut for director Martin Campbell, who would once again prove his knack for directing 007 in Casino Royale eleven years later.
I remember reading a review of Goldfinger once upon a time that called it "trash from the gods," and that's exactly the feeling I get when I watch this movie. Of course, it might not be Goldfinger, but what wicked fun it is. Martin Campbell certainly knows a thing or two about 007.