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Roger Spottiswoode

Roger Spottiswoode
Born (1945-01-05) 5 January 1945
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Occupation Film director
Film editor
Spouse(s) Holly Palance (1983-1997)

Roger Spottiswoode (born 5 January 1945) is a British-Canadian film director, editor and writer born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada though he was raised in Britain. His father Raymond Spottiswoode was a British film theoretician who worked at the National Film Board of Canada during the 1940s.

In the 1960s, Roger entered the British film industry as a trainee editor where he apprenticed under editor John Bloom. In the early 70s Spottiswoode edited several films for Sam Peckinpah.[1]

Spottiswoode turned to directing in the early 1980s and has since directed a number of notable films and television productions, including Under Fire (1983) and the 1997 James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies starring Pierce Brosnan. Spottiswoode was a member of the writing team responsible for 48 Hrs. starring Eddie Murphy and Nick Nolte. In 2000, he directed the science fiction action thriller The 6th Day starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Selected filmography

Year Film Director Editor Writer
1971 Straw Dogs
1973 Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid
1980 Terror Train
1981 The Pursuit of D. B. Cooper
1982 48 Hrs.
1983 Under Fire
1986 The Best of Times
1988 Shoot to Kill
1989 Turner & Hooch
1990 Air America
1992 Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot
1993 And the Band Played On
1994 Mesmer
1995 Hiroshima
1997 Tomorrow Never Dies
2000 The 6th Day
2003 Spinning Boris
2005 Ripley Under Ground
2007 Shake Hands with the Devil
2008 The Children of Huang Shi
2012 Beyond Right and Wrong
2014 Midnight Sun


  1. ^ "All Aboard...If You Dare!: An Interview with Roger Spottiswoode". 
Preceded by
Martin Campbell
Official James Bond Film Director
Succeeded by
Michael Apted

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