Prolific British director, producer and screenwriter Lewis Gilbert has died at the age of 97.
Gilbert will probably best be remembered for iconic British comedies with serious life lessons such as the Michael Caine classic “Alfie,” the Pauline Collins-led “Shirley Valentine,” and the beloved “Educating Rita”.
He also helmed three of the most memorable Bond films – the outlandish but classic Connery-entry “You Only Live Twice”, the outlandish and often hated “Moonraker,” and 1977’s iconic “The Spy Who Loved Me” considered both the best Roger Moore Bond film and one of the best Bond films ever made.
Gilbert’s directing career spanned seven decades with credits on more than forty films starting with 1945 documentary “The Ten Year Plan” and ending with the 2002 comedy “Before You Go”. He worked as an assistant on the first of Alfred Hitchcock’s three adaptations of a Daphne du Maurier story – in this case “Jamaica Inn” in 1939.
Gilbert was awarded the Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in 1997.