Former Special Forces soldier discusses the secrets of becoming a bodyguard after years of protecting the world’s most famous celebrities.
Mark “Billy” Billingham has served as a bodyguard for some of the most famous celebrities in the world. He joined the SAS, the British equivalent of the Navy SEALs, and fought in Iraq and Afghanistan. The 57-year-old is also an author and producer for the last seven years of the television program “SAS: Who Dares Wins.” Before becoming a bodyguard, Bobby Billingham served in the British army for over three decades. He served as protection for Kate Moss, Jude Law, Michael Caine, Tom Cruise, Hulk Hogan, and Russell Crowe.
Billingham’s most significant employment was 18 months working full-time for Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, and their family. “You must be aware of their mood swings, strengths, and weaknesses, but you can’t tiptoe around anything,” Billingham explains.
He claims his approach to celebrity security focuses more on eagle-eyed observation than bloody brawls. He said that the secret was to watch for people in the crowd whose emotions were off-kilter. From then, he transitioned into TV presenting, public speaking, and writing, most notably coauthoring a series of semi-autobiographical novels featuring “James Bond, Jack Reacher, Jason Bourne, and myself.”