David Puttnam has made a career producing films for commercial cinema but has never been driven by money.
David Puttnam is one of the most successful producers in film over the last decade with credits including 'That'll Be the Day' (1973), ‘Mahler’ (1974), ‘Stardust’ (1974), ‘Bugsy Malone’ (1976), ‘Midnight Express’ (1978), ‘Chariots of Fire’ (1981), ‘Local Hero’ (1983), ‘The Killing Fields’ (1984) and his latest film ‘Defence of the Realm’ (1986).
One of the most successful producers to come on the film scene in the last ten years or so.
David Puttnam talks about his love for commercial cinema and says he is just not clever enough for "intellectual" film. He fell in love with commercial film and that is what he does. Although he very much wanted to be a film director, his skills lay more with production.
It was a good idea to do what I could do well rather than what I couldn’t do badly.
Gay Byrne describes David Puttnam as
The epitome of the self improved entrepreneur, a capitalist, a Maggie Thatcherite.
David Puttnam says he is far too busy making movies to enjoy spending money and that he is not interested in or motivated by money.
This episode of ‘The Late Late Show’ was broadcast on 10 January 1986. The presenter is Gay Byrne.