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. Broccoli and Wilson said Gilbert was “a true gentleman” whose Bond films – You Only Live Twice , The 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.