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Barbara Dana Broccoli was born in 1960 and majored in communications at Loyola Marymount University. After graduating, she went on to work in the casting and production departments at EON, the company responsible for producing the James Bond series. Barbara is currently married to producer Frederick Zollo and owns an independent production company called Astoria Productions. Barbara started working with her father on the Bond films at the age of 22. Her first official credit was as an assistant director for Octopussy (1983). Moving quickly through the production ranks (considering her father was the producer...) she was credited as an associate producer for The Living Daylights (1987). While she was quite limited creatively in these roles (she was a daddy's girl after all, but daddy had the last say), Barbara came into her own in the 1995 film Goldeneye, as daddy passed the reigns to his daughter and step-son Michael G. Wilson. Barbara continues to lead the franchise today with her most recent co-production, Quantum of Solace (2008).
One of Barbara's most profound contributions to the series involves the casting of Judi Dench as the first female M. While seen at the time (1995) as a risky move for the series, the selection of Dench as M proved to be a valuable contribution to the development of the character of Bond. Bond had to leave behind his "sexist, misogynist dinosaur" mindset and catch up with the notion of the modern, strong women of the 90s. The move to cast a woman as M has helped to counterbalance Bond's previous inclinations as a manipulator of women. Perhaps ironically, in the most recent Bond films, Bond is in fact manipulated by M.
Barbara also has another brother, Tony Broccoli.
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Following the death of her father in 1996, Barbara created the stage musical version of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, a children's book written by Ian Fleming for his son Casper in 1964. Barbara adapted the 2002 version of the musical based on her father's adaptation of the story for the big screen in 1968, which starred Dick Van **** and Sally Ann Howes. Broccoli rehired the original songwriters from the film to write the new material for the stage version. The production ran at London's largest free house, the London Palladium and was the most financially successful show to have ever played there, breaking a number of sales records. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang went on to play successfully in both the United States and throughout the United Kingdom and was officially retired in 2005.
- GoldenEye (1995)
- Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)
- The World Is Not Enough (1999)
- Die Another Day (2002)
- Casino Royale (2006)
- Quantum of Solace (2008)
- Skyfall (2012)
- Bond 24 (2015)
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