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Bond producer joins UK Film board

Barbara Broccoli
Broccoli co-produces the Bond films with her brother Michael G Wilson

James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli has been appointed to the board of the UK Film Council.

Broccoli, who is currently producing the forthcoming 007 adventure Quantum of Solace, is one of the UK film industry's most successful producers.

Her appointment was made by Culture Minister Margaret Hodge, and will run for four years.

Stewart Till, chairman of the UK Film Council, said he was "absolutely delighted" at Broccoli's appointment.

'Enormous asset'

"She's produced some of the most successful films in the world," he said.

"Her understanding of how big budget British films get financed out of Hollywood is extensive and unique.

"Barbara will be an enormous asset for the UK Film Council in our efforts to attract inward investment into the UK film production sector."

Broccoli's 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.

Since 2004, Broccoli has also been chair of First Light Movies, an organisation which provides funding and expertise to enable five to 19-year-olds throughout the UK to create digital short films.

It receives 1.1m of National Lottery funding every year from the UK Film Council.

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