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LONDON Director Lewis Gilbert, whose dozens of movies included three James Bond thrillers Only Live Twice, Spy Who Loved Me and and the Swinging London classic has died at 97, colleagues said Tuesday.
Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson said in a statement that is with great sadness that we learn of the passing of our dear friend Lewis Gilbert. The Bond fan site Sweden With Love said he died Friday in Monaco.
Broccoli and Wilson said Gilbert was true gentleman whose Bond films considered classics within the series. British Film Institute filmography lists 33 features directed by Gilbert between 1947 and 2002, making him the most prolific of British filmmakers. But, he acknowledged, most people remembered him for his 007 thrillers.
I go around the world now when I working it amazing they not interested in any of my films until I say Bond,’ Gilbert told the BBC in 2010. the minute I say Bond they practically genuflect. first Bond film was Only Live Twice with Sean Connery in 1967. He returned a decade later to direct Roger Moore as 007 in Spy Who Loved Me and in London in 1920 into a family of vaudevillians, Gilbert got his start in the movies as a child actor before joining the Royal Air Force during World War II. Army Air Forces film unit.
His first postwar credit as director was for Ten Year Plan, a documentary about housing; his first feature as director was Little Ballerina in 1947.
Gilbert early output ranged from cheap and cheerful British noir dramas such as a Sinner, of Death and Boy, to the stirring World War II dramas for the Sky,
Her Name With Pride and the Bismarck! 1966 he directed a young Michael Caine as a London man about town in which was nominated for five Academy Awards.
Gilbert was undaunted by the Bond thrillers scale and special effects. He recalled in 2010 that Spy Who Loved Me featured biggest set that had ever been built in England, maybe in the world. I did anything with the Bonds, I think I made the humour work very well with Roger, Gilbert told BBC radio Island Discs. no good trying to make him the great physical thing that Sean was. It far better that he won everybody over with his sense of humour. the 1980s Gilbert changed gear, directing Rita and Valentine, both character driven stories of working class women adapted from stage plays.
British Film Institute creative director Heather Stewart said the two films us funny and real character studies of women we normally never get a chance to see on the big screen. Rita earned Oscar nominations for stars Julie Walters and Caine, while Pauline Collins received a best actress nomination for Valentine. last film was You Go, a 2002 family comedy that also starred Walters.
Gilbert received the British Film Institute highest honour, the BFI Fellowship, in 2001.
The Directors Guild of America said Gilbert had as an inspiration to so many and quoted his personal approach to filmmaking:
who wants to be a director has to find their own way of directing . I calm and I kind to people; I find that they react quicker, Gilbert was quoted as saying.