Bond Director Lewis Gilbert Dies, Aged 97

Liza Minnelli and Lewis Gilbert on the set of "Stepping out" in 1991. Photo by REX/Shutterstock (190974a)

It has been announced earlier today that James Bond director, Lewis Gilbert, has passed at age 97.

Gilbert has directed three beloved Bond films, starting with You Only Live Twice in 1967. Since then, he has directed popular classics The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker. He was also nominated for an Oscar in 1967 for Alfie which is widely considered to be the film which made Michael Cane a star. His other titles include lesser-known but well-loved movies including Educating Rita and Shirley Valentine.

Gilbert’s son reported that he had been suffering from dementia for the past decade and passed peacefully in his sleep in Monaco last Friday.

Tributes are being paid by stars and fans alike. Ant-man director Peyton Reed has even promised to pay a small homage to Moonraker in his upcoming sequel Ant-man and The Wasp. Comedian David Walliams also used Twitter to pay tribute to Gilbert, thanking him for “all the joy you brought me & millions of others”. Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli have said that the film-maker will be “sorely missed”.

It is touching to see just how many fans have reached out to Gilbert’s family to pay tribute to the great man and his admirable works. RIP Lewis Gilbert and thank you for making fantastic movies.