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Reach for the Sky

Lewis Gilbert’s 1956 film about a World War II flying ace is one of the great stiff-upper-lip docudramas. Kenneth More stars as real-life hero Douglas Bader who flew numerous missions during the Battle of Britain and survived years in a Pow camp. All of this on prosthetic legs. Gilbert’s crew is ace too, including Hammer Studio’s superb cinematographer, Jack Asher.
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Sam Mendes and company: Ranking the 007 directors

With recent rumors swirling that Danny Boyle could be coming on board to direct the newest James Bond film, what better time is there to look at the directorial history of the franchise? The prospect of Boyle in the world of Bond is enticing, if slightly unexpected and not a match that makes sense on paper. Still, much of the 007 history in terms of directors has been avoiding the A-listers. Maybe in this new era, there’s a different sort of focus? If nothing else, it’s something very interesting to contemplate. The last choice was a big name, so perhaps this is the new normal for the world’s most popular secret agent. To catch you up, the 25th Bond outing has been looking for a new director after Sam Mendes helmed the last two. The initial final three shortlist was Yann Demange, David Mackenzie, and Denis Villeneuve. There
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Lewis Gilbert: master craftsman who went beyond Bond with a 'working class trilogy' | Peter Bradshaw

Gilbert, who has died aged 97, may have been best known for his three 007 films, but it’s the films he made about working class life that are his great achievement

Lewis Gilbert was the brilliant master-craftsman of the postwar cinema, whose staggeringly prolific career epitomised the technique, professionalism and dash that made British moviemaking tradecraft respected everywhere. He started in wartime film units and the British studio system, making war movies with tremendous elan and punch, like Reach for the Sky and Sink the Bismarck!, and also comedies and character dramas like The Admirable Crichton and The Greengage Summer, which were robustly confident and terrifically watchable. He also famously took the helm of three very successful Bond movies, one with Connery, two with Moore: You Only Live Twice, The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker, maintaining that uniquely British brand with wit and clout.

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Lewis Gilbert, Esteemed British Director/Producer, Dead At 97

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Gilbert on the set of the 1977 James Bond blockbuster The Spy Who Loved Me with production designer Ken Adam and producer Albert R. Broccoli at Pinewood Studios, London.

By Lee Pfeiffer

Cinema Retro mourns the news of director/producer Lewis Gilbert's death in London at age 97. Gilbert was a good friend to our magazine and gave what is probably his last interview to our correspondent Matthew Field several years ago. It ran in three consecutive issues of Cinema Retro (#'s18, 19 and 20). 

Gilbert had a remarkable career that began early in life as a music hall performer and an actor in small roles in British films. During WWII he served in the Raf, producing and directing documentaries for the military. His first feature film as director was "The Little Ballerina", released in 1947. Gilbert toiled through directing low-budget, often undistinguished films, honing his craft along the way. He earned praise for
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‘Alfie’ and James Bond Director Lewis Gilbert Has Died at 97

‘Alfie’ and James Bond Director Lewis Gilbert Has Died at 97
Lewis Gilbert, the British director of Alfie and multiple movies in the James Bond franchise, has passed away at the age of 97. Read about the Oscar-nominated director’s career, including his three Bond entries, below. Lewis Gilbert Dead at 97 The Hollywood Reporter brings news about Gilbert’s death. THR says Gilbert got his start as a […]

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Lewis Gilbert, James Bond Director, Dies at 97

Lewis Gilbert, James Bond Director, Dies at 97
British director Lewis Gilbert, director of three classic James Bond movies, has died at the age of 97. Gilbert got his start as a child actor in 1933 in Dick Turpin and eventually made himself into an accomplished director. During the course of his long career, Gilbert amassed more than 40 credits. Gilbert was remembered by the official James Bond Twitter account following the news of his death.

"British director, producer and screenwriter Lewis Gilbert has passed away at the age of 97. Gilbert directed three Bond films; You Only Live Twice (1967), The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and Moonraker (1979). Our thoughts are with his family at this sad time."

Lewis Gilbert had been working as a director for more than two decades before tackling his first movie in the James Bond franchise, which came in the form of 1967's You Only Live Twice. The movie is significant, as it was the last of Sean Connery
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Bond, ‘Alfie’ Director Lewis Gilbert Dies At The Age Of 97

Lewis Gilbert, the legendary British Bond director has sadly passed away at the age of 97. The filmmaker was responsible for many of the early 007 adventures, as well as Michael Caine’s break-out, Alfie.

Gilbert helmed You Only Live Twice, The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker, as well as his 1980s reunion with Caine in the Oscar-nominated Educating Rita.

Bond producers Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli confirmed the news via a joint statement.

“It is with great sadness that we learn of the passing of our dear friend Lewis Gilbert.”

“Lewis was a true gentleman. He made an enormous contribution to the British film industry as well as the Bond films, directing You Only Live Twice, The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker. His films are not only loved by us but are considered classics within the series. He will be sorely missed.”

Gilbert passed away in Monaco on
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Lewis Gilbert, Director of ‘Alfie’ and Three James Bond Films, Dies at 97

Lewis Gilbert, Director of ‘Alfie’ and Three James Bond Films, Dies at 97
Prolific British director Lewis Gilbert, whose credits include “Alfie” and three James Bond films, has died. He was 97.

British director, producer and screenwriter Lewis Gilbert has passed away at the age of 97. Gilbert directed three Bond films; You Only Twice (1967), The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and Moonraker (1979). Our thoughts are with his family at this sad time. pic.twitter.com/gu4EGro0pg

— James Bond (@007) February 27, 2018

Gilbert’s directing career spanned seven decades with credits on more than 40 films, from the 1945 documentary “The Ten Year Plan” to the 2002 comedy “Before You Go,” starring Julie Walters.

He was born in London in 1920 and performed as a child actor in films in the 1920s and 1930s, before choosing to study direction, assisting on Alfred Hitchcock’s “Jamaica Inn” in 1939. During World War II, he worked on films while serving with the Royal Air Force’s film unit and the U.S. Army Air Forces.

After the war,
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Lewis Gilbert obituary

Film director whose long and varied career produced hits including Alfie and Educating Rita

The film director Lewis Gilbert, who has died aged 97, never sought the limelight: he always said he wanted his films to speak for him, and several of them, including Alfie (1966) and Educating Rita (1983), have become part of cinema history.

Alfie is the story of an amoral young man who philosophises to camera on sex, love and women as he pursues sexual encounters with one girl after another. Paramount wanted the setting moved to New York and Tony Curtis to play Alfie, but Gilbert held out for Michael Caine. Caine’s performance assured his career, and the film was nominated for five Oscars.
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Spy Who Loved Me director Lewis Gilbert dies aged 97

Filmmaker whose career spanned eight decades was best known for directing three Bond films and making a star of Michael Caine in Alfie

Obituary: a true professional who shunned the limelight

Lewis Gilbert, the British director of a string of celebrated films including the 1966 Michael Caine hit Alfie and The Spy Who Loved Me, arguably the high point of the Roger Moore James Bond era, has died aged 97.

Bond producers Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli confirmed Gilbert’s death in a statement. “It is with great sadness that we learn of the passing of our dear friend Lewis Gilbert,” they said. “Lewis was a true gentleman. He made an enormous contribution to the British film industry as well as the Bond films, directing You Only Live Twice, The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker. His films are not only loved by us but are considered classics within the series.
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R.I.P. Lewis Gilbert (1920 – 2018)

Oscar-nominated British filmmaker Lewis Gilbert has passed away aged 97, it has been announced.

Born in London in 1920, Gilbert started his career as a child actor before deciding to move behind the camera, serving as an assistant to Alfred Hitchcock on 1939’s Jamaica Inn.

After serving in the Royal Air Force’s film unit during World War II, Gilbert made his name as a writer and director during the 1950s and 1960s with the likes of Reach for the Sky and Sink the Bismarck! before enjoying huge success with 1966’s Alfie, which was nominated for five Oscars including Best Picture.

The following year, Gilbert went on to direct the first of three 007 movies, You Only Live Twice, before reuniting with Roger Moore for The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker. His later credits included 1983’s Educating Rita, 1989’s Shirley Valentine, and his final film Before You Go in 2002.

The post R.
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Lewis Gilbert, Director of James Bond Hits ‘Moonraker’ and ‘You Only Live Twice,’ Dies at 97

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Lewis Gilbert, Director of James Bond Hits ‘Moonraker’ and ‘You Only Live Twice,’ Dies at 97
Lewis Gilbert, the Oscar-nominated British filmmaker whose credits include “Alfie” and three James Bond titles, died on Feb. 23, according to multiple media reports. He was 97. Gilbert’s Bond titles include “You Only Live Twice,” “The Spy Who Loved Me” and “Moonraker.” “Alfie” won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 1966 and scored five Oscar nominations including Best Picture. His other films include “Sink the Bismark,” “Educating Rita” and “Shirley Valentine.” Born in London in 1920, Gilbert became a child actor in the 1920s and 1930s, landing a role in Victor Hanbury and John Stafford’s “Dick Turpin” in...
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Keeping The British End Up: Lewis Gilbert (1920 – 2018)

Author: Cai Ross

Bond fans are mourning the loss at the fine old age of 97, of director Lewis Gilbert. Gilbert was responsible for three of the biggest James Bond films of the 60s and 70s, You Only Live Twice, The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker.

His Bond movies took everything up to eleven. They all featured immense lairs for larger than life villains. In You Only Live Twice, Donald Pleasance’s HQ was housed inside a Japanese volcano. Moonraker’s climax was set on board a gargantuan space station, and The Spy Who Loved Me’s goliath supertanker set was so huge that thee producers had to build an entire sound stage at Pinewood to accommodate it.

The Spy Who Loved Me was an enormous gamble, an expensive doubling-down after the disappointing returns of The Man With The Golden Gun. The producers were rewarded with one of the biggest
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James Bond & ‘Alfie’ Director Lewis Gilbert Dies At 97; Tributes Paid To ‘Moonraker’ & ‘You Only Live Twice’ Helmer

James Bond & ‘Alfie’ Director Lewis Gilbert Dies At 97; Tributes Paid To ‘Moonraker’ & ‘You Only Live Twice’ Helmer
Lewis Gilbert, who directed three of the most successful James Bond movies and Best Picture Oscar nominee Alfie, has died. He was 97. Gilbert, who directed You Only Live Twice (1967), The Spy Who Loved Me (1978) and Moonraker (1979), was born in 1920 in Hackney in London and directed more than 40 films in his career. Starting out as a child actor, in 1933's Dick Turpin, he served as an assistant on Alfred Hitchcock's 1939 thriller Jamaica Inn. After directing a number of…
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Lewis Gilbert, director of 'Alfie', 'Educating Rita' and three 'Bond' films, dies aged 97

Gilbert was made a fellow of the British Film Institute in 2001.

Lewis Gilbert, best known for directing Alife and three James Bond films, has died aged 97.

According to reports he passed away on February 23. His funeral will be held in Monaco next week

Alfie, starring a young Michael Caine, won the jury prize at Cannes in 1966 and received five Oscar nominations including best picture.

Gilbert’s Bond entries were You Only Live Twice with Sean Connery and The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker starring Roger Moore.

His other films included Sink The Bismark, the Bafta-winning Educating Rita and Shirley Valentine.

Gilbert was awarded a Cbe in 1997 and was made a fellow of the British Film Institute in 2001.

Heather Stewart, BFI Creative Director, said: “The BFI salutes the most prolific of British filmmakers. Awarded our highest accolade, a BFI Fellowship for his outstanding contribution to British film, everything from three Bond films – including the best, You Only Live Twice – and definitive
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Lewis Gilbert, Famed U.K. Director of 'Alfie' and 3 James Bond Films, Dies at 97

Lewis Gilbert, Famed U.K. Director of 'Alfie' and 3 James Bond Films, Dies at 97
Lewis Gilbert, the Oscar-nominated British film director behind more than 40 films, including Alfie and three James Bond titles, has died. He was 97.

Born in London, Gilbert started out as a child actor in the 1920s and 1930s and had an uncredited role alongside Laurence Olivier in 1938's The Divorce of Lady X. But in his late teens he decided to move toward directing, assisting on Alfred Hitchcock's Jamaica Inn.

After WWII — during which he worked for the Royal Air Force's film unit on documentaries — he made a name for himself as a director on a number...
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Alfie Director Lewis Gilbert Dies At 97

British director Lewis Gilbert, the man behind the camera on over 40 films, has passed away just a couple of weeks shy of his 98th birthday according to THR. Gilbert was born March 6, 1920 in Hackney London. His parents were both music hall performers and Gilbert spent his childhood on the road with them while they toured, being hidden in the luggage racks of trains to save his parents buying him a ticket.
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BFI Launches Huge Database Spanning a Century of British Film

BFI Launches Huge Database Spanning a Century of British Film
Judi Dench is the most prolific working female actor in British film today. Michael Caine is the most prolific male actor. Queen Victoria, James Bond, and Sherlock Holmes are, in that order, the characters who have appeared most in British film, while war is the subject covered most.

Such are some of the facts now discoverable in the British Film Institute’s new Filmography database, a huge digital repository covering more than 100 years of film in the U.K., with details of more than 10,000 movies and 250,000 cast and crew.

Filmography is designed to be used by fans and industry professionals alike, and is segmented into 130 genres. Drama is the most popular category on Filmography, with 3,710 films. Comedy and romance are other key groupings. While more films have been made about war than any other subject, there are more films about Europe than Britain, the database shows, even as the U.K.
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'Alfie': THR's 1966 Review

'Alfie': THR's 1966 Review
On Aug. 24, 1966, Paramount brought Michael Caine's Alfie to theaters. The film went on to be nominated for five Oscars at the 39th Academy Awards ceremony, including best picture and actor. The Hollywood Reporter's original review is below.

Alfie is a contemporary Tom Jones, a young man pursuing what he calls the "birds" with relentless and apparently inexhaustible energy. His object is sex: cheery and irresponsible. He is caught up and changed when he finds responsibility is inescapable. Lewis Gilbert's production for Paramount is an amusing, moving and meaningful picture.

Although for much of the way it tinkles...
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More Gay Stars and Directors and Screenwriters on TCM: From psychos and psychiatrists to surfers and stage mamas

On the day a U.S. appeals court lifted an injunction that blocked a Mississippi “religious freedom” law – i.e., giving Christian extremists the right to discriminate against gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transgender people, etc. – not to mention the publication of a Republican-backed health care bill targeting the poor, the sick, the elderly, and those with “pre-existing conditions” – which would include HIV-infected people, a large chunk of whom are gay and bisexual men, so the wealthy in the U.S. can get a massive tax cut, Turner Classic Movies' 2017 Gay Pride or Lgbt Month celebration continues (into tomorrow morning, Thursday & Friday, June 22–23) with the presentation of movies by or featuring an eclectic – though seemingly all male – group: Montgomery Clift, Anthony Perkins, Tab Hunter, Dirk Bogarde, John Schlesinger, Tennessee Williams, Gore Vidal, Arthur Laurents, and Jerome Robbins. After all, one assumes that, rumors or no, the presence of Mercedes McCambridge in one
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