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Roger Moore and Barbara Bach in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), directed by Lewis Gilbert, who has died at the age of 97.

Tribute to James Bond films and Alfie director Lewis Gilbert, ‘true gentleman’ who has died aged 97

Briton helmed three classic Bond films and made 30 other films in a career that spanned 55 years


Lewis Gilbert, who directed dozens of movies including three James Bond thrillers, has died at 97.

Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson said on Tuesday that “it is with great sadness that we learn of the passing of our dear friend Lewis Gilbert”. He reportedly died on Friday in Monaco.

Lewis Gilbert in 2000. Photo: William Conran/PA/AP

Broccoli and Wilson said Gilbert was “a true gentleman” whose Bond films – You Only Live TwiceThe Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker – “are considered classics within the series”.

The British Film Institute’s filmography lists 33 features directed by Gilbert between 1947 and 2002, making him among the most prolific of British filmmakers.

His films include second world war dramas Reach for the Sky, and Sink the Bismarck! and Swinging London landmark Alfie, starring Michael Caine.