The Producers Guild of America has selected Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli -- producers of the James Bond franchise -- as recipients of the 2014 David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Motion Pictures.The award will be presented to Wilson and Broccoli at the 25th Annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony on Jan. 19 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel."Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli are the driving force behind one of the most cherished franchises in the history of film,” said...
A student of engineering and law, Wilson first joined EON Productions in a legal-administrative capacity, serving as the producer’s assistant on 1972’s “The Spy Who Loved Me”. He quickly established himself as both a fan of Ian Fleming’s creation and a key part of the franchise’s core creative team; as well as exec-producing “Moonraker” (1979), “For Your Eyes Only” (1981) and “Octopussy” (1983), Wilson also took co-writing credits on the latter two, in addition to making a series of surprise background cameos in some 16 Bond adventures.
Wilson went on to become a producer alongside with his stepfather, the late Albert “Cubby” Broccoli, on 1985’s “A View To A Kill”, continuing with “The Living Daylights” and “Licence To Kill”. The six-year gap between Cubby’s final Bond adventure – the longest hiatus in the series’ inception – and the first under the aegis of Wilson and his half-sister Barbara Broccoli led many to believe that 007 may have had his day, but together the duo reinvigorated the brand to such a degree that the last two Bond movies, “Spectre” and “Skyfall”, are now the second and third highest grossing films ever in the UK, after JJ Abrams’ 2015 “Star Wars” reboot.
Together with Broccoli, Wilson has produced a number of successful stage productions, including Ian Fleming’s children’s story “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” (2002/5) and an adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s “Strangers On A Train” (2013). Awarded the Order of the British Empire in the Queen’s 2008 New Year Honours List, Wilson was honoured in 2014 by the Producers’ Guild of America with the David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures.