Steven Jay Rubin is a widely respected author and producer of numerous articles, books and documentaries on iconic science fiction and war movies, as well as the entire James Bond film catalog. He is also a lifelong devotee of the original The Twilight Zone, and in that passion he came to write his first book on a television classic, The Twilight Zone Encyclopedia (Chicago Review Press). His latest book reflects the reverence he holds for the landmark series, following in the tradition of other titles he has written about subjects he treasures, namely Secrets of the Great Science Fiction Films; The James Bond Films: A Behind the Scenes History; The Complete James Bond Movie Encyclopedia; and Combat Films: American Realism. That tradition will continue in 2019, when an updated edition of his The Complete James Bond Movie Encyclopedia will hit bookshelves.
Rubin, a Chicago native (and diehard Cubs fan), began writing about the movies he adored as a staff writer for the sci-fi fanzine Cinefantastique, earning the moniker film “archaeologist” for uncovering and revealing the buried backstories of movies such as Forbidden Planet, War of the Worlds and Them! "Digging it," he has remained faithful to his primary interests and expanded upon them with new ones over the years, bringing to light long-lost production details of films such as The Sound of Music and Rocky in a slew of comprehensive feature pieces for the Los Angeles Times, Cinema Retro magazine, Cinefantastique, and film-focused publications across the country.
Rubin turned to film production himself in 2000, when he founded Fast Carrier Pictures to produce deep-diving documentaries on classic movies. By then a popular Bond movies expert with the publications of his Bond films encyclopedia and history, it should come as no surprise that two of the documentaries he produced were The Making of Casino Royale and The Making of Never Say Never Again. Other projects he made under his company banner include East L.A. Marine: The Untold True Story
of Guy Gabaldon, and the upcoming release The Coolest Guy Movie Ever Made.
In addition to his own documentaries, Rubin has also written, produced, directed and/or narrated several for others, including The Making of The Day the Earth Stood Still, The Making of Some Like It Hot, and Return to The Great Escape. He was recognized when the DVD Exclusive Academy nominated his commentary for the latter for an award in 2004.
Beyond documentaries Rubin also has made a name for himself in feature movie productions, winning praise as a co-producer of the beloved baseball comedy Bleacher Bums for Showtime, and the World War II drama Silent Night for the Hallmark Channel. His work on the latter film paid off when the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television nominated the true story for four Gemini Awards (the equivalent of US TV's Emmys), recognition later to be eclipsed by his first big-screen feature endeavor, the teen dramedy Archie’s Final Project. To say the movie, which he co-produced, was well-received would be an understatement; the penetrating look at teen suicide collected 19 awards from around the globe, including best picture in its category at the 2009 Berlin Film Festival.
Also a marketing executive with a long "flack" record
in publicity and promotion, Rubin has worked on the PR campaigns for more than 150 movies and TV series, both on location and from his home base of Los Angeles, where he lives with his wife Elisa.