As a sergeant in the British Army, was one of the first to enter the Reichskanzlei at the end of World War II. He appears in an iconic photograph with his foot on a fallen Nazi stone eagle amidst the ruins.
Held the rights to The Saint from the 1962 series onwards.
Together with his partner, Monty Berman, they were the main competetion to Hammer Films up to 1959. They tried to duplicate what Hammer was doing, including doing a feature adaptation of a television serial and later doing horror films in color. They even used the same writers and many actors that had been used by Hammer.
With Berman he founded production company Tempean Films; subsequently he formed Bamore with Roger Moore.