Michael Gregg Wilson, OBE (born January 21, 1942) is the stepson of Albert "Cubby" Broccoli, and has worked as a producer and/or screenwriter on every James Bond film since Moonraker. He currently co-produces the films in the series with his half-sister, Barbara Broccoli.
Wilson was born in New York City, New York, the son of Dana (née Natol) and actor Lewis Wilson. After the couple divorced, Dana Wilson met Albert Broccoli in 1959, and married six weeks later. They had a daughter together, Barbara Broccoli, and Albert Broccoli acted as a mentor to Wilson. Broccoli insisted on keeping his family close to him when possible. Consequently the children grew up around the Bond film sets, and his mother's influence on various production decisions is alluded to in many informal accounts.
After graduating from Harvey Mudd College in 1963, Wilson worked in the engineering industry before enrolling in Stanford University to study law. Wilson practiced at a local law firm, and then moved to Washington DC after being offered a position to work for an international law firm. Wilson spent six years in the law industry before joining to work at EON Productions.
Wilson worked in Eon Productions' legal department until taking a more active role as an assistant to his stepfather, Cubby Broccoli, for The Spy Who Loved Me. In 1979, Wilson served as executive producer on Moonraker until he was promoted to co-producer in A View to a Kill. Meanwhile, Wilson also acted as screenwriter on many of the the Bond films, starting with For Your Eyes Only, which he co-wrote with longtime screenwriter Richard Maibaum. The Wilson and Maibaum team would later pen the next three Bond films in the series, before Wilson was forced to work alone on Licence to Kill due to the 1988 Writers Guild of America strike. Following the retirement of Maibaum, Wilson worked with Alfonse Ruggiero, Jr. on a 17-page treatment for Timothy Dalton's proposed third Bond film before the project was cancelled by EON Productions; the eventual next film in the franchise, GoldenEye, bore no relation to Ruggiero and Wilson's work.
Alongside his production work on the series, Wilson has had cameos in every James Bond movie made since 1977, as well as a cameo role in Goldfinger from 1964 (making him second only to Desmond Llewelyn in terms of repeat appearances in the series). His cameos have mostly been non-speaking roles, and all but two were uncredited. He has had two separate cameos in three of the Bond films.
A full list of his cameo appearances is below.
- Goldfinger - Soldier at Fort Knox (uncredited)
- The Spy Who Loved Me - Audience member at pyramid show (uncredited)
- Moonraker - Tourist in Venice (uncredited); NASA technician (uncredited)
- For Your Eyes Only - Priest at Greek wedding (uncredited)
- Octopussy - Member of the Soviet Security Council (uncredited); tourist on river boat in India (uncredited)
- A View to a Kill - Voice heard when Bond enters San Francisco city hall (uncredited)
- The Living Daylights - Audience member at Vienna Opera House (uncredited)
- Licence to Kill - DEA agent in pre-title sequence: "If they hurry, they might just be able to grab the bastard" (uncredited)
- GoldenEye - Hand of the unidentified Janus operative who is seen grabbing Chuck Farrell's ID (uncredited); Member of Russian Security Council (uncredited)
- Tomorrow Never Dies - Tom Wallace, Carver employee, appearing in video conference scene: "Consider him slimed" (uncredited)
- The World Is Not Enough - Employee in Baku casino (uncredited)
- Die Another Day - Tourist leaning against car in Havana (uncredited); General Chandler (credited)
- Casino Royale - Chief of police (credited)
- Quantum of Solace - Man reading newspaper in Haitian hotel lobby (uncredited)
- Skyfall - Mourner at funeral (deleted scene) (uncredited)
- Spectre - Man speaking with C (uncredited)
- No Time To Die
- Wilson's favourite Sean Connery Bond films are From Russia with Love and Goldfinger, while The Spy Who Loved Me is his favourite Roger Moore film. For Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig, Wilson cites their respective first movies as his favourites.
- Linda J. Wilson (10 March 2004). Dana Broccoli, Producer's Widow, Variety Boys & Girls Club Supporter, Dies.
- Broccoli, Zec, 1998. Macmillan Publishers edition, pages xi, 171-172, 244, ISBN 978-0-7522-1162-6
- Meet the Filmmakers - Michael G. Wilson Biography. mi6-hq.com.
- Bond 17 - History. mi6-hq.com.