Roger Spottiswoode

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Roger Spottiswoode
John Roger Spottiswoode

(1945-01-05) 5 January 1945 (age 78)
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada [1]
  • Canadian
  • British
Occupation(s) Film director
Film editor
Years active1966-present
Organization(s) Directors Guild of America
Directors Guild of Canada
(m. 1983;div. 1997)

John Roger Spottiswoode [2] (born 5 January 1945) is a Canadian-British director, editor and writer of film and television.


Early life

He was born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, and was raised in Britain. [3] His father Raymond Spottiswoode was a British film theoretician [4] who worked at the National Film Board of Canada during the 1940s, directing such short films such as Wings of a Continent .


In the 1960s, Spottiswoode entered the British film industry as a trainee editor where he apprenticed under editor John Bloom. In the early 1970s Spottiswoode edited several films for Sam Peckinpah. [5]

He wanted to direct and Walter Hill advised him the best way in was to write a script. Hill and Spottiswoode collaborated on the scripts for 48 Hours and the never-made The Last Gun. [6]

Spottiswoode turned to directing in the early 1980s and has since directed a number of notable films and television productions, including Under Fire (1983) [7] and the 1997 James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies starring Pierce Brosnan. [8] Spottiswoode was a member of the writing team responsible for 48 Hrs. starring Eddie Murphy and Nick Nolte. [9] In 2000, he directed the science fiction action thriller The 6th Day starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. [10]



1980 Terror Train [11]
1981 The Pursuit of D. B. Cooper Replaced director Buzz Kulik [12]
1983 Under Fire
1986 The Best of Times [13]
1988 Shoot to Kill [14]
1989 Turner & Hooch
1990 Air America [15]
1992 Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot [16]
1994 Mesmer [17]
1997 Tomorrow Never Dies
2000 The 6th Day
2003 Spinning Boris [18]
2005 Ripley Under Ground
2007 Shake Hands with the Devil [19]
2008 The Children of Huang Shi [20]
2012 Beyond Right and Wrong Documentary film
Co-directed with Lekha Singh
2014 The Journey Home Co-directed with Brando Quilici
2016 A Street Cat Named Bob
2021Either Side of Midnight

As editor

As writer


1982 The Renegades Episode "Pilot"

TV movies

Awards and nominations



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  1. Roger Spottiswoode's bio at
  2. Spottiswoode, John Roger. "Directors Guild of Canada".
  3. "Making the movies Hollywood doesn't want" by Johanna Schneller at
  4. "Criticism: The 1930s: theory and debate" by Geoff Brown at
  5. "All Aboard...If You Dare!: An Interview with Roger Spottiswoode".
  6. Vagg, Stephen (14 July 2020). ""John Wick with spurs" – A look at Walter Hill's Unmade The Last Gun". Diabolique.
  7. "Screen: 'Under Fire'" by Vincent Canby at
  8. Tomorrow Never Dies Review by Todd McCarthy at
  9. "Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy in '48 HOURS'" by Janet Maslin at
  10. The 6th Day Review by Todd McCarthy at
  11. "Spottiswoode's 'Terror Train'" by John Corry (original context from October 3, 1980, Section C, Page 10) at
  12. The Pursuit of D.B. Cooper Review - "Begun by director John Frankenheimer, continued by director Buzz Kulik and finally finished by Spottiswoode" at
  13. "Film: 'Best of Times,' Football Story" by Walter Goodman (original context from January 31, 1986, Section C, Page 20) at
  14. Shoot to Kill review at
  15. Air America review at
  16. Stop! or My Mom Will Shoot review at
  17. Mesmer review by Leonard Klady at
  18. Spinning Boris review by David Rooney at
  19. Shake Hands With the Devil Review at
  20. "Spottiswoode’s Nanjing drama surfaces" by Etan Vlessing at
  21. "‘Trahir’ tops Montreal" by Brendan Kelly at
  22. "Fest’s big ‘Screen’" by David Rooney at
  23. 2008 Genie Nominees at