Birthday of James Bond producer Michael G Wilson [1942]

Michael G Wilson was born in New York on 21st January 1942 to Dana and Lewis Wilson but, following his parents’ divorce, his future calling was largely shaped by his step-father, Albert R “Cubby” Brocolli, with whom his mother was married in 1959.

The first James bond film Wilson worked on was Goldfinger, in which he appeared as a soldier at Fort Knox, and he has made a habit of appearing in a cameo role in every film since The Spy Who Loved Me in 1977 (watch the video for details).

Graduating as an electrical engineer, Wilson studied law at Stanford and worked as a lawyer in Washington DC. He was credited with Executive Producer credits on three films from Moonraker to Octopussy and as co-producer on A View To A Kill onwards, first with Cubby Broccoli and from Goldeneye with half-sister Barbara Broccoli.

Wilson also contributed towards a number of screenplays, receiving writing credits alongside Richard Maibaum on For Your Eyes OnlyOctopussyA View To A KillThe Living Daylights and Licence to Kill.

He and Barbara Broccoli were awarded the OBE in 2008.

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