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He Directed ‘Alfie,’ ‘Educating Rita’ and Three James Bond Movies — a Filmmaker Who Knew What Movies Were All About Dies at 97

Feb 27, 2018  •  Post A Comment

The veteran filmmaker who directed Best Picture Oscar nominee “Alfie” and a string of other well-received films has died. Lewis Gilbert died Friday at his home in Monaco, according to media reports. He was 97.

The London-born Gilbert directed about 40 movies in a career spanning six decades. His work included three James Bond pictures: “You Only Live Twice,” ″The Spy Who Loved Me” and “Moonraker.”

“In the 1980s Gilbert changed gear, directing ‘Educating Rita’ and ‘Shirley Valentine, both character-driven stories of working-class women adapted from stage plays,” the AP notes.

Among his other movies are “Reach for the Sky” (1956) and “Sink the Bismarck!” (1960).

Here’s a heavily edited interview clip in which Gilbert talks about working on “You Only Live Twice” …

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