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Roy Ward Baker

Mostly Credited As: Roy Ward Baker
Sometimes Credited As: Roy Baker

Birth Name: Roy Horace Baker
Date Of Birth: December 19, 1916 (Age 93)
Country Of Birth: United Kingdom
Birth Place: London, England
Date Of Death: October 05, 2010

Roy Ward Baker


Baker learned his directorial labor from the master Alfred Hitchcock and ended up directing some of the hardest thrillers that were ever filmed in the United Kingdom of the postwar period, after which he was imported to Hollywood thanks to the contract that he signed with 20th Century Fox where he guided Marilyn Monroe's first steps in her inaugural starring role.
When he was older, Baker was daring enough to visit the lands of the sci-fi movies and helmed one of the greatest sci-fi sagas, "Five Million Years To Earth" and unforgettable terror titles like "The Vampire Lovers," "Doctor Jekyll and Sister Hyde," and "Asylum." Baker distributed his time between Hammer Films and Amicus Productions, two English giants of the genre, and also directed several episodes of " The Avengers. " Despite being older, at 75, he still kept on directing movies. "I never developed a personal style," confided Baker, "and I've always loved challenges, and have taken considerable chances more than once. I was committed to projects that I didn't understand and for which I was not the most suitable man." Baker was born on December 19, 1916 in London. His father was a wholesaler of fish and Roy Ward - the only son who had the marriage-, was educated in Lyceé Corneille of Rouen, France, and in the City of London School . One night of 1929 his parents took him to the opening of the Leicester Square Theater, by then the most luxurious theater in the whole Europe and this event resolved what vocation his life was going to pursue.
While in the Gainsborough Studios he became first assistant director and met Hitchcock, who was directing by that time "The Lady Vanishes." "I learned all I know about movies from Stevenson, Reed and Hitchcock," recalled Baker. The second World War interrupted his career: Baker was recruited in 1940 by the English Army, for which he shot several documentaries. The scriptwriter and producer of these movies was the famous English novelist Eric Ambler, who became a big friend of his.
Baker was discharged in 1946 and Ambler didn't delay in inviting him to make his debut as the director of full-length films with "The October Man." Henceforth, he showed that suspense suited him well and continued with this trend in other movies. His first movie for Fox "I'll Never forget You," starring Tyrone Power, was shot in england and pleased the studio. In 1952 he returned to the US and filmed "Don't Bother To Knock" starring Marilyn Monroe and Richard Widmark. In the sixties Baker returned to England and devoted his efforts to TV. By 1965, he was willing to direct full-length features again and Hammer Production gave him the chance to direct "Quatermass and the Pit" based on the successful TV series.
Baker went back to TV and directed some telefims, "The Spy Killer," and TV series, Journey To The Unknown ("The Indian Spirit Guide".) Though he directed his last feature film in 1980, he remained working in television until the early '90s on series such as The Irish RM (Channel 4, 1983-85) and Minder (ITV, 1979-94).

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Q.E.D. (1982)• Producer

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Minder (1979) (Credited in 8 episodes from this show) 
 
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The Last Video Show 07x04 Jan/23/1989 As: Director
It's A Sorry Lorry, Morrie 07x01 Jan/02/1989 As: Director
An Officer and a Car Salesman   Dec/26/1988 As: Director
Waiting for Goddard 06x06 Oct/09/1985 As: Director
Around the Corner   Dec/26/1984 As: Director
Fairly Secret Army (1984) (Credited in 7 episodes from this show) 
 
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Treacherous Chaps, Causes 02x07 Oct/13/1986 As: Director
You're Going To Be A Hero, Harry 02x06 Oct/06/1986 As: Director
Ever Tried Making Love To A Marxist? 02x05 Sep/29/1986 As: Director
One Mistake, Whole Caboosh Plughole 02x04 Sep/22/1986 As: Director
This Could Be Extremely Dangerous, Sir 02x03 Sep/15/1986 As: Director
The Irish R. M. (1983) (Credited in 8 episodes from this show) 
 
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The Devil You Know 03x06 Jul/07/1985 As: Director
Lisheen Races 03x05 Jun/30/1985 As: Director
In The Curranhilty Country 03x04 Jun/23/1985 As: Director
A Friend of Her Youth 03x03 Jun/16/1985 As: Director
Major Apollo Riggs 03x02 Jun/09/1985 As: Director
Q.E.D. (1982) (Credited in 1 episodes from this show) 
 
Infernal Device 01x03 Apr/06/1982 As: Director
The Flame Trees of Thika (1981) (Credited in 7 episodes from this show) 
 
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Safari 01x07 Oct/13/1981 As: Director
The Drums of War 01x06 Oct/13/1981 As: Director
A Real Sportsman 01x05 Sep/29/1981 As: Director
Friends In High Places 01x04 Sep/22/1981 As: Director
Happy New Year 01x03 Sep/15/1981 As: Director
Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson (1979) (Credited in 1 episodes from this show) 
 
A Case of High Security 01x08 1979 As: Director
Return of the Saint (1978) (Credited in 1 episodes from this show) 
 
Tower Bridge Is Falling Down 01x14 Dec/10/1978 As: Director
The Protectors (1972) (Credited in 1 episodes from this show) 
 
The Big Hit 01x17 Jan/26/1973 As: Director
Jason King (1971) (Credited in 3 episodes from this show) 
 
That Isn't Me, It's Somebody Else 01x26 Apr/28/1972 As: Director
Zenia 01x24 Apr/14/1972 As: Director
A Royal Flush 01x21 Mar/24/1972 As: Director
The Persuaders! (1971) (Credited in 4 episodes from this show) 
 
The Ozerov Inheritance 01x22 Feb/11/1972 As: Director
Read and Destroy 01x20 Jan/28/1972 As: Director
Someone Like Me 01x07 Oct/29/1971 As: Director
The Gold Napoleon 01x02 Sep/24/1971 As: Director
Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) (1969) (1969) (Credited in 2 episodes from this show) 
 
Who Killed Cock Robin? 01x14 Dec/21/1969 As: Director
But What a Sweet Little Room 01x13 Dec/14/1969 As: Director
Department S (1969) (Credited in 1 episodes from this show) 
 
The Pied Piper of Hambledown 01x04 Sep/30/1969 As: Director
Journey to the Unknown (1968) (Credited in 1 episodes from this show) 
 
The Indian Spirit Guide 01x17 Jun/30/1969 As: Director
The Champions (1968) (Credited in 2 episodes from this show) 
 
Autokill 01x30 Apr/30/1969 As: Director
Nutcracker 01x27 Apr/02/1969 As: Director
The Saint (1962) (Credited in 18 episodes from this show) 
 
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The Fiction-Makers (2) 06x13 Dec/15/1968 As: Director
The Fiction-Makers (1) 06x12 Dec/08/1968 As: Director
The Time to Die 06x08 Nov/10/1968 As: Director
Legacy for the Saint 06x04 Oct/13/1968 As: Director
Simon and Delilah 05x21 Mar/24/1967 As: Director
The Avengers (1961) (Credited in 8 episodes from this show) 
 
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Split! 06x05 Oct/23/1968 As: Director
The Thirteenth Hole 04x18 Jan/29/1966 As: Director
The Girl From Auntie 04x17 Jan/22/1966 As: Director
Room Without a View 04x15 Jan/08/1966 As: Director
Silent Dust 04x14 Jan/01/1966 As: Director
The Baron (1966) (Credited in 1 episodes from this show) 
 
There's Someone Close Behind You 01x14 Dec/28/1966 As: Director
Gideon's Way (1964) (Credited in 1 episodes from this show) 
 
The Firebug 01x07 Nov/28/1964 As: Director
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Roy Ward Baker adopted the name "Ward" in the sixties to help being confused with the Hammer Studios sound technician namesake. Ward was in fact his mother's second name. He later regret that decision for he had to start anew his career.

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