MI6 profiles Michael G. Wilson, producer of the last eight James Bond films, and the upcoming Bond 22 in 2008...

Meet the Filmmakers - Michael G. Wilson Biography
19th November 2007

Michael G. Wilson was born the son of New York actor, Lewis Wilson and Dana Broccoli in 1943. As a youth in New York he studied as an electrical engineer at Harvey Mudd College, graduating in 1963.

After a short spell in the workforce, Wilson quickly switched from the engineering industry and enrolled in Stanford University to study law. Wilson practiced at a local law firm and then moved to Washington DC, after being offered a position to work for an international law firm. Wilson spent six years in the law industry before his big movie break.

With international experience under his belt, in 1972, Michael Wilson was invited to work for his stepfather's company, Eon Productions - the producers of the Bond movie series. He began in the legal department but with enthusiasm and a keen interest in the filmmaking process, Wilson soon became a trusted assistant to his stepfather.

His first film in this new position was 1977's "The Spy Who Loved Me". Impressed by his bright ideas and fresh concepts for the Bond pictures, Cubby handed over more and more responsibility

On the very next Bond picture, "Moonraker", Wilson was rewarded with the role of executive producer, and continued in that role through 1981's "For Your Eyes Only" and 1983's "Octopussy". He landed the co-producer role with his stepfather Cubby Broccoli on Roger Moore's final outing in 1985's "A View To A Kill". This partnership continued through both of Timothy Dalton's outings as 007 in "The Living Daylights" (1987) and "Licence To Kill" (1989).


Michael Wilson - Selected Filmography

Casino Royale (2006)
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Die Another Day (2002)
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Licence To Kill (1989)
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The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
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After the long legal hiatus of the early '90s, Wilson paired up with his half-sister Barbara Broccoli to produce "GoldenEye" (1995) and all of the subsequent Pierce Brosnan films. The duo continued with "Casino Royale" (2006) starring Daniel Craig, and the 22nd James Bond film currently under production.

"I generally get asked the same questions wherever I go. I've found that nine answers will take care of most of those questions."

On top of his regular production role, Wilson has also worked with on the scripts for five of the James Bond films: "For Your Eyes Only", "Octopussy",  "A View To A Kill", "The Living Daylights" and "Licence to Kill".  For these outings, Wilson partnered with the Bond veteran scribe Richard Maibaum to write some of the most-loved and certainly most adventurous Bond screenplays in the series' 45-year history.

After "Licence To Kill" in 1989, Wilson started work on the plot outline for the doomed "James Bond 17" with newcomer Alfonse Ruggiero before plans were halted due to legal action that put production on hold. "Licence To Kill" would be Wilson's last Bond as screenwriter and Michael France was put in charge of the Bond plot that would ultimately become "GoldenEye".

As well as his duties on the Bond production team, Michael G. Wilson is often remembered for a variety of cameo roles in the James Bond films. Most recently and most notably is his role as the Montenegro Police Commissioner in "Casino Royale". Wilson's variety of bit parts lead back, without fail, to his first involvement in "The Spy Who Loved Me".

Outside of the motion picture industry, Wilson holds a keen interest in photography and is a noted expert on the subject. He has a collection that regularly exhibits at various art galleries across the globe. He is the father of two - David and Gregg - who have begun careers in movie production and sound, respectively.


Selected Interview Quotes
"At the end of the day, what's really important - not just for the audience but ourselves - is that we are doing stuff that we believe in, that makes us enthusiastic..."

On adapting Casino Royale: "There was one picture that was made back in 1967, which was kind of a Bond spoof with the name. So now that we've got the rights, we wanted to make it right way. It will explain how Bond became 007."

On Daniel Craig: "I think he's the actor of his generation. He's the Steve McQueen of Britain right now, and he seemed to be just the right age and just the right point in his career to take this on. He incorporates a lot of elements of the earlier Bond's, but because they all related back to Fleming's character, they all take different impressions of him. I think Daniel comes very close to what Fleming had in mind."

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