Mumbai: Barbara Broccoli, producer of the James Bond films and chair of First Light Movies, has been appointed to the board of the UK Film Council by Culture Minister Margaret Hodge. The appointment will run for four years from 4 August and Broccoli’s first board meeting will take place in September.
Barbara Broccoli is one of the UK film industry’s most successful producers and she is currently producing the forthcoming Bond film, Quantum of Solace.
UK Film Council chairman Stewart Till CBE said, "I’m absolutely delighted that Broccoli is joining the team. She has produced some of the most successful films in the world and her understanding of how big budget British films are financed out of Hollywood is extensive and unique. Broccoli will be an enormous asset for the UK Film Council in our efforts to attract inward investment into the UK film production sector."
Broccoli grew up in the world of James Bond, travelling around the world with her family. Her first credited job on the Bond films was as assistant director on Octopussy followed by A View To A Kill. Later, she became associate producer on The Living Daylights and Licence to Kill, a post she shared with the long-established Bond associate producer Tom Pevsner. Broccoli was then made producer alongside her brother Michael G Wilson on GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World is Not Enough, Die Another Day and the most successful Bond to date, Casino Royale.
Her non-Bond producing credits include Crime of the Century for television about the murder trial from the famous Lindberg kidnapping, as well as the popular London stage production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, which was co-produced by her mother Dana Broccoli and brother Wilson.
For the last four years, Broccoli has been Chair of First Light Movies, an organization that provides funding and expertise to enable five to 19-year-olds throughout the UK to create digital short films. It receives £1.1 million of National Lottery funding per year from the UK Film Council.