Bond director Lewis Gilbert dies age 97
The legendary filmmaker died at his residence in Monaco
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Lewis Gilbert, a legendary British filmmaker, has died age 97. Gilbert was the man behind three Bond films including 'Moonraker'. The London-born director also helmed British classics like 'Alfie' as well as 'Educating Rita'. Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli made the announcement in a written statement to BBC News. "It is with great sadness that we learn of the passing of our dear friend Lewis Gilbert", they wrote.
The director was an established star in show business. Gilbert received an Oscar nomination in 1967 for directing ‘Alfie’, which introduced actor Michael Caine to the world’s stage. He made his Bond debut the same year, directing 'You Only Live Twice' starring Sean Connery. Gilbert directed his last film in 2002. 'Before You Go' saw the director reunite with 'Rita' star Julie Walters. His autobiography 'All My Flashbacks' hit bookshelves back in 2010. As noted by Bond fansite From Sweden with Love, the director died on February 23. He will be buried close to his former residence in Monaco.
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