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.“It is with great sadness that we learn of the passing of our dear friend Lewis Gilbert,” Bond producers Michael G.

Wilson and Barbara Broccoli said in a statement on Tuesday.

“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’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,

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