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Luc Besson spent the first years of his life following his parents, scuba diving instructors, around the world. His early life was entirely aquatic. He already showed amazing creativity as a youth, writing early drafts of The Big Blue (1988) and The Fifth Element (1997), as an adolescent bored in school. He planned on becoming a marine biologist ... See full bio »
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 24 wins & 21 nominations. See more awards »

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  Transporter 5 (characters) (announced)
  Transporter 6 (characters) (announced)
 2015 The Transporter Legacy (characters) (post-production)
 2015 Taken 3
 2014/I Lucy (written by)
 2014 Brick Mansions (screenplay) / (screenplay "Banlieue 13")
 2014 3 Days to Kill (screenplay) / (story)
 2013/I The Family (screenplay)
 2013 Un prince (presque) charmant (screenplay)
 2012 Taken 2 (based on characters created by) / (written by)
 2012 Lockout (original idea) / (screenplay)
 2012 Blind Man (from an original idea by)
 2011 Colombiana (screenplay)
 2010 From Paris with Love (story)
 2009 Arthur and the Great Adventure (characters) / (screenplay - dialogues)
 2009 District 13: Ultimatum (scenario)
 2008 Transporter 3 (characters) / (written by)
 2008/I Taken (written by)
 2007 Taxi 4 (scenario)
 2006 Arthur and the Invisibles (book) / (written by)
 2006 Bandidas (written by)
 2005 Angel-A
 2005 Revolver (adaptation)
 2005 Transporter 2 (characters) / (written by)
 2005 Unleashed (written by)
 2004 District B13
 2004/I Taxi (earlier screenplay)
 2003 Michel Vaillant (screenplay)
 2003 Fanfan (writer)
 2003 Taxi 3 (scenario)
 2002 The Transporter (written by)
 2001 Wasabi
 2001 Kiss of the Dragon (screenplay)
 2001 Yamakasi - Les samouraïs des temps modernes (original idea) / (scenario)
 2000 The Dancer (story)
 2000 Taxi 2
 1998/I Taxi
 1997 The Fifth Element (screenplay) / (story)
 1993 Point of No Return (film La Femme Nikita)
 1988 The Big Blue (screenplay) / (story)
 1986 Kamikaze
 1985 Subway (dialogue) / (scenario)
 1981 L'avant dernier (Short)
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Other Works:

Short film: L'avant dernier (1981), an early version of Le Dernier Combat (The Last Battle) (1983) shot in 16mm. See more »

Publicity Listings:

8 Interviews | 11 Articles | 2 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

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Height:

5' 8" (1.73 m)
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Personal Quote:

[on his threat to retire after directing 10 films] I said if I made 10 films in my life, I would be very lucky. That's how I meant it. My fear after my first one was whether they would let me make another one, so I had this goal in my head. After six, seven films, I started to get a little tired. Shooting takes a lot out of you. You finish a film and most of the time you're half-dead. I was happy... See more »

Trivia:

Has a daughter with ex-wife Anne Parillaud, Juliette Besson (born 1987). See more »

Trademark:

As seen in Taxi and The Transporter, very distinctive car chase scenes focusing on very low camera shots very close to the front bumper of a fast moving (and often rather mundane) car (transporters Renault 5) with a lot of sideways swerving movment (though traffic or other). Nearly always to a French hiphop soundtrack. See more »

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