MI6 profiles Barbara Broccoli, co-producer of the upcoming 22nd James Bond film and daughter of the legendary Albert R. Cubby Broccoli...

Meet The Filmmakers - Barbara Broccoli Biography
16th August 2007

Born to Albert and Dana Broccoli on June 18 1960, the youngest of the Broccoli children, Barbara grew up with a unique look at the production of the James Bond movies. After school she attended Loyola University where she graduated with a degree in Motion Picture Communication.

She entered the movie business after graduating at age 22, as the Executive Assistant in her father's roaring series – just as production began on 1983’s Bond film “Octopussy”. She held this role until “The Living Daylights” where she took on the responsibilities of Associate Producer and collaborated with Tom Pevsner, while her half-brother Michael G. Wilson worked alongside the writing crew.

During her time with the James Bond productions, Barbara Broccoli has worked (at various points) on the directorial, writing and production management departments of the Bond movies before taking her father’s role as producer.

After the 6 year hiatus between Dalton’s “Licence To Kill” and Brosnan’s debut in “GoldenEye”, Barbara took up her father’s position on board the infamous Bond series as co-producer, joining forces with her half-brother Michael G. Wilson. Between the two – who by now had Bond well and truly in their blood – Broccoli and Wilson set about crafting a fresh 007 for the 21st Century. Her most notable call on the Brosnan era was the inspired casting of Judi Dench as the female ‘M’ as well as taking direct responsibility for the on-location crew at the Russian locations of "GoldenEye". After Bond legend Cubby Broccoli’s passing in 1996, Barbara was in the driving seat of the biggest film franchise in history.


Barbara Broccoli - Selected Filmography

Casino Royale (2006)
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Die Another Day (2002)
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Crime of the Century (1996)

GoldenEye (1995)
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Veering away from the world of 007, Broccoli founded production company Astoria Productions with husband Frederick Zollo. Together their joint credits include “Crime of the Century”, starring Stephen Rea and Isabella Rossellini. This made-for-TV production scooped up four Golden Globe nominations.

"We just got to the point where the last film had taken the fantasy aspect to the limit. Given the world situation, we felt we needed to do something more realistic and more serious..."


On top of “Astoria”, Broccoli has recently been involved in putting together the colourful stage show based on Fleming’s children’s novella and the film musical “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”. This Broadway hit made its on-stage debut on April 16, 2002 breaking records in both the UK and America.

Broccoli is responsible for ushering in two of the six James Bond actors. Both debut Bond films “GoldenEye” and last year’s “Casino Royale” – were met with amazing success. While the casting choice of Pierce Brosnan ultimately was selected by Cubby Broccoli, his daughter was directly responsible for assembling the creative team and leading the production of “GoldenEye” and proving herself not only a lucky daughter but a brilliant producer in her own right.

Most recently Barbara Broccoli has begun assembling the team to create “Bond 22” – with Daniel Craig set to return as Bond and the diverse director of “Monster’s Ball”, Marc Forster taking up the director’s chair.

Selected Interview Quotes
"Casino Royale is the definitive Bond story. It was always an ambition of theirs [her father and his producing partner] to be able to make this story, but sadly, they were never able to. So when it finally became available to us, we leaped at the chance. I like to think that I'm doing this for my dad."

On casting Bond #6: “It was a little bizarre reading things that were so not true. First of all, with the whole casting, who we were looking at, who we were offering it to. The reality was that (producer) Michael G. Wilson and I wanted Daniel from the very beginning. Our only challenge was to get him to agree to do it. All the speculation was going on about all these other people for like a year or more.”

“It’s clear in this story that there’s someone out there. In fact there’s a line at the end of the book Casino Royale where Bond makes a decision that he’s going to take on this task, he’s going to become a warrior and try to find the hand that holds the whip. The big menace out there, the man who manipulates people and gets them to do evil things. That’s very much the spirit of the book and that’s the direction we’re going to continue on.”

On bringing Bond back down to earth: “We just got to the point where the last film had taken the fantasy aspect to the limit. Given the world situation, we felt we needed to do something more realistic and more serious, and this was the obvious thing for us to do. And we couldn’t have an actor who had played the role before playing the first mission. Brosnan was a wonderful Bond, but it wasn’t about him, it was about making a decision to change the direction of the series.”

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