Film Director Lewis Gilbert dies aged 97

British film director Lewis Gilbert has passed away at the age of 97, he will be best remembered for directing classic British films such as Alfie, Educating Rita plus three James Bond films.

Lewis Gilbert was born on the 6th March 1920 in Hackney, London.  During his early career he directed several war films including The Sea Shall Not Have Them (1954), Reach for the Sky (1956) and Sink the Bismarck! (1960).

Gilbert also directed Michael Caine in two very memorable films, Alfie (1966) and Educating Rita (1983).  Bond fans may also be aware he also directed three James Bond films, one with Sean Connery, You Only Live Twice (1967) and two with Roger Moore, The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and Moonraker (1979) with the latter not being particularly well received by fans and critics of alike.

It was reported that Lewis Gilbert passed away on Friday 23rd February 2018 in Monaco.  His last film, Before You Go a comedy came in 2002 and starred Julie Walters whom also starred in Educating Rita alongside Michael Caine.

If you wish to see Lewis Gilbert’s full filmography from 1945-2002 you can find it here on Wikipedia.

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