Toronto-born Sidney J. Furie is a graduate of the prestigious Canadian Broadcasting Corporation TV-director talent pool. Promoted to producer before the age of 25, Furie worked on such Canadian video series as Hudson's Bay. In 1957, he produced, scripted and directed his first theatrical feature, A Dangerous Age. Moving his base of operations to England in 1960, Furie turned out several critical successes along the lines of The Young Ones (1961) and The Leather Boys (1962) before striking box-office gold with the 1965 spy thriller The Ipcress File (1965). He followed this triumph with such stylistic Hollywood-financed delights as The Naked Runner (1967), Big Fauss and Little Halsy (1970), and Lady Sings the Blues (1972). After several disappointing years "distinguished" by such losers as Gable and Lombard (1976), Sidney J. Furie climbed back on the "A" list with 1986's Iron Eagle.