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Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, the producers responsible for bringing James Bond to the big screen, will receive the Producers Guild of America’s lifetime achievement award, named after David O. Selznick.
Wilson and Broccoli’s family owns EON Productions, the company that has the film rights to Ian Fleming's iconic fictional MI6 agent. Variety notes that Broccoli is the daughter of Albert R. “Cubby” Broccoli and she started working for her father’s company at 17 in the publicity department. Wilson, her half-brother, began working at the company in 1972.
Aside from their contribution to the film industry, they have co-financed and co-produced London and Broadway stage hits like A Steady Rain, Chariots of Fire and Once, reports The Hollywood Reporter.
The Bond franchise recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of the first film, Dr. No, which starred Sean Connery as Bond. Daniel Craig now plays the character and last year’s Skyfall grossed $1 billion worldwide.
“We’re honored to be associated with the legendary David O. Selznick and delighted to be receiving this award along with its previous recipients," Wilson and Broccoli said today.
The award will be handed out during the PGA Awards at the Beverly Hilton on Jan. 19. Last year’s Selznick award winners were Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner. Previous winners include Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall, Roger Corman, Bill Wilder and Jerry Bruckheimer.