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Overview (1)

Date of Birth 6 March 1920London, England, UK

Mini Bio (1)

Lewis Gilbert was born on March 6, 1920 in London, England. He is a director and writer, known for The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), You Only Live Twice (1967) and Moonraker (1979). He was previously married to Hylda Tafler.

Spouse (1)

Hylda Tafler (1951 - 2005) (her death) (1 child)

Trade Mark (3)

Often directs crime movies
Often cast Laurence Harvey
Directs big budget 007 films.

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Attached to the US Air Corps Film Unit during the Second World War.
Awarded the Fellowship of the British Film Institute. [April 2001]
He was awarded a C.B.E. (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) for his services to the film industry.
Brother-in-law of the actor Sydney Tafler and father of John Gilbert.
Has directed 4 actors to Oscar nominations: Michael Caine (Best Actor, Alfie (1966); Best Actor, Educating Rita (1983)), Vivien Merchant (Best Supporting Actress, Alfie (1966)), Julie Walters (Best Actress, Educating Rita (1983)), and Pauline Collins (Best Actress, Shirley Valentine (1989)).

Personal Quotes (7)

Paramount backed Alfie (1966) because it was going to be made for $500,000, normally the sort of money spent on executives' cigar bills.
The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) was the highlight of my career.
If I have any claim to fame, I believe I've shot the three biggest sets ever built for motion pictures.
[on Michael Caine in "Educating Rita"] Over the years I'd lost touch with Michael personally, but I kept tabs on his work. It's been so varied - he's never been particularly typed. The characters in "Alfie" and "Rita" couldn't be more opposite, but there was no doubt in my mind that he should be the professor.
[in a 1983 interview on the Bond films] What Sean did, really, was to make James Bond in his own image - because he was not the Bond of the books. Of course, he was a very sexy, attractive, macho man - he still is. He also gave Bond a cynical edge. When his Bond shot someone, they were really dead. Roger, on the other hand, is more like the character in the books. He also gets along on a great deal of charm and friendliness. I don't think audiences ever believe Roger really kills anyone.
[in a 1983 interview] In the Bond films characterizations are non-existent. Nobody's worried about what Bond did as a child or how his mother treated him - we don't even know if he had a mother! That's not what the Bond films are about. They're all action and fun. But with a film like ("Educating) Rita," it's you and the actors and the words. It depends on the characterizations and the interplay. You don't get to rely on exciting ploys - like a bomb going off. Instead, you rely on two people talking, so those people better be saying the right things at the right time.
[on Kenneth More] I was very fond of Kenny as an actor, although he wasn't particularly versatile. What he could do, he did very well. His strength was his ability to portray charm; basically he was the officer returning from the war and was superb in that role. The minute that kind of role went out of existence, his popularity as a box-office star began to go down.

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