Drummond Challis was born in 1946 and educated at St Paul’s School, London. In 1968 he graduated from Cambridge University in Social Anthropology. While there he rowed for Cambridge in University Boat Race 1966/1967. He then trained in the camera department of Samuelson Film Service Ltd. Cricklewood, London. His credits include:
• 1969 second unit director and special technical advisor on Billy Wilder’s THE PRIVATE LIFE OF SHERLOCK HOLMES.
• 1972 produced John Schlesinger’s segment of David Wolper’s production VISIONS OF EIGHT, Official Film of 1972 Olympic Games.
• 1974 Producer BARRY MCKENZIE HOLDS HIS OWN directed by Bruce Beresford.
• 1975 Producer SIDE BY SIDE directed by Bruce Beresford for GTO Productions.
Along with Michael Samuelson and Tony Maylam, Drummond set up Worldmark Productions. They were ranked among the leading producers of high-quality films and documentaries. Worldmark has a string of award-winning productions to its credit. These include:
• 1976 WHITE ROCK directed by Tony Maylam with James Coburn. The Official Film of the Innsbruck Winter Olympic Games, with a Platinum soundtrack by Rick Wakeman.
• 1979 Director BACKSTAGE AT COVENT GARDEN with Prince Charles. Short for EMI
• 1982 Produced G’OLE Official Film World Cup Spain – commentary Sean Connery.
• 1986 Produced HERO Official Film World Cup Mexico – commentary Michael Caine.
• 1990 Produced SHOOT OUT Official Film World Cup Italy – commentary Edward Woodward.
• 1998 Produced LA COUPE DE LA GLOIRE Official Film World Cup France – commentary Sean Bean.
He has also done worldwide commercial campaigns for Kodak, Mastercard, Famous Grouse, Weight watchers, Ballantines, Canon, Coca Cola and Mars. In 1978 Drummond was the producer of THE RIDDLE OF THE SANDS directed by Tony Maylam.