New Regency head Arnon Milchan has confirmed in a TV interview that he took part in clandestine missions for Israel.

Speaking on the Israeli investigative programme Uvda that aired on Monday night (November 25) Milchan spoke of his service to his country.

“I did it for my country and I’m proud of it,” said Milchan, 68, whose producer credits include Mr And Mrs Smith and Fight Club.

Milchan said Shimon Peres, who currently serves as Israeli president, recruited him to the secretive Bureau Of Scientific Relations in the 1960s.

According to a report on the BBC website, Milchan was running a fertiliser company at the time and gathered industry data for the Bureau to pass on to defence sources.

The executive continued clandestine operations as a Hollywood producer. At one point in the interview he said the late Sydney Pollack helped procure sensitive military equipment.

Milchan also addressed longtime rumours that he was an arms dealer.

“I’m not an arms dealer, I don’t sell guns, I don’t sell rockets,” he said. “If people knew how many times I risked my life, back and forth, again and again, for my country.”