This is Campbell's second time as helmer of a James Bond film. In 1995 he directed the hit "GOLDENEYE" which introduced Pierce Brosnan to the role of 007 with great success.
Wilson and Broccoli said:
"We are thrilled that Martin has accepted our offer to direct 'CASINO ROYALE.' He is an extremely talented director and we believe he will help take our films in a new and exciting direction. He is currently finishing filming 'Legend Of Zorro,' the sequel to 'The Mask Of Zorro,' and will be joining EON Productions shortly to work on the development of the script with our writers, Neal Purvis and Robert Wade."
MGM Vice Chairman and COO Chris McGurk said:
"Martin is an incredibly exciting filmmaker. 'GOLDENEYE' is a wonderful movie and helped reinvigorate the Bond franchise. We're thrilled to have him back to direct the newest Bond."
Born in New Zealand, Campbell moved to England in 1966 and made his directorial debut on the popular TV series 'The Professionals' and 'Minder.' He moved to America in 1986 to direct 'Criminal Law' and 'Defenseless.' Following "GOLDENEYE," he went on to direct 'The Mask Of Zorro,' 'Vertical Limit' and 'Beyond Borders' and is currently directing 'Legend Of Zorro.'
"CASINO ROYALE" will be released in 2006 and distributed world-wide by MGM. No decision has yet been made regarding casting for the role of 'James Bond.'
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