In a new interview with Michael G Wilson and Barbara Brocolli, this was said:
“Barbara scares the hell out of people,” Mr. Wilson said in a rare sit-down interview at the St. Regis Hotel in Mexico City a few hours before the premiere of “Spectre,” which opened in the United States on Friday. “Everyone is frightened to death of her.”
“Good!” shouted Ms. Broccoli, who was seated beside him. She laughed.
“I mean it,” Mr. Wilson continued, as she shot him an O.K.-that’s-enough look. “They all know I’m a big pushover so they don’t care about me.”
Cubby, by all accounts, was a nice guy. Author George MacDonald Fraser, who drafted Octopussy, wrote in his memoir: "There may have been nicer people in Hollywood than Cubby Broccoli, but I never met them" and "[Those around him] showed him a respect that had nothing to do with fear of a man who controlled the most successful series of in the history of cinema; it was simply that they liked him."
Wilson seems like a nice guy but I've always had the impression he is, as he puts it, a push-over and in recent interview with the Holywood Reporter admitted that it was Barbara who decided to cast Daniel and not him. So she definitely seems to wear the pants. To be fair, she seems like a good person too and always has kind words to say about the team, appearing gracious, determined and shrewd and is apparently warm in person. Wilson's comments, though, do paint her as quite the taskmaster.
Edited by DavidJones, 19 November 2015 - 10:54 PM.