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Luc Besson


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 27 wins & 22 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

The Fifth Element
(1997)
Taken 2
Taken 2 Writer
(2012)
Transporter 2
Transporter 2 Writer
(2005)

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 2017 Renegades (written by) (completed)
  Twice (co-writer) (announced)
 2016 Enter The Warriors Gate (written by)
 2015 The Transporter Refueled (characters) / (written by)
 2014 Taken 3 (characters) / (written by)
 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 À l'aveugle (from an original idea by)
 2011 Colombiana (screenplay)
 2010 From Paris with Love (story)
 2009 Arthur et la vengeance de Maltazard (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 (original idea) / (scenario)
 2000 The Dancer (story)
 2000 Taxi 2
 1998/I Taxi (scenario)
 1997 The Fifth Element (screenplay by) / (story by)
 1994 Léon: The Professional (written by)
 1993 Point of No Return (film La Femme Nikita)
 1988 The Big Blue (screenplay) / (story)
 1986 Kamikaze
 1985 Subway (dialogue) / (scenario)
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Other Works:

Magazine cover: Photographed Bruce Willis for cover of Première (France) See more »

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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 written four 'Arthur' children's books, including "Arthur and the Minimoys". The series has sold more than 1 million copies in more than 30 countries. Besson later adapted the book series into films. See more »

Trademark:

Frequently has a shot of someone being slapped, focusing on the slapper's hand momentarily beforehand (Fifth Element, The Messenger, The Professional, La Femme Nikita) See more »

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