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LEWIS GILBERT (DIRECTOR)

By: Anders Frejdh
Published:
2007-07-31
Director of YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE 1967, THE SPY WHO LOVED ME 1977 and MOONRAKER 1979

Over the years, I have been lucky to meet Lewis Gilbert many times. Mr Gilbert is a dear and funny man, and still going strong.

One of the times I saw him was during his on-stage interview at NFT in London on May 2, 2009. The session was entitled "MOONRAKER + Lewis Gilbert in Conversation" and part of the centenary celebrations of Cubby Broccoli's birth.

For Your Eyes Only (1981) had been announced as the next Bond film in the closing credits of The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), but with the success of sci-fi hits Star Wars and Close Encounters, Broccoli instead decided to produce Moonraker (1979) (1979) in which Bond blasts off into space aboard a shuttle. Michael Lonsdale is compelling as megalomaniac villain "Hugo Drax" and Bernard Lee makes his last appearance as "M".

Other James Bond directors that FSWL has encountered:
Anthony Waye (1st assistant director on For Your Eyes Only & Octopussy (1983))
Arthur Wooster (2nd Unit director on For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy, A View to a Kill, The Living Daylights & Licence to Kill)
Guy Hamilton (director of Goldfinger (1964), Diamonds Are Forever, Live and Let Die & The Man with the Golden Gun)
Irvin Kershner (director of Never Say Never Again)
John Glen (2nd Unit director on On Her Majesty's Secret Service, The Spy Who Loved Me & Moonraker (1979) and Director of For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy, A View to a Kill, The Living Daylights & Licence to Kill)
Lee Tamahori (director of Die Another Day)
Marc Forster (director of Quantum of Solace)
Michael Apted (director of The World Is Not Enough)
Toby Hefferman (2nd assistant director on Die Another Day, Casino Royale & Quantum of Solace)
Vic Armstrong (2nd Unit director on Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough & Die Another Day)

Photo above:
Lewis Gilbert interviewed at NFT in London as part of a Cubby Broccoli centenary celebration, May 2009. © From Sweden with Love.

This text was published by Anders Frejdh in May 2009
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