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James Bond Director Lewis Gilbert's 90th Birthday

By: Anders Frejdh
Lewis Gilbert birthday
FSWL celebrate Lewis Gilbert, the multi-awarded James Bond director, on his 90th birthday. Gilbert directed three of the biggest productions in the James Bond series - You Only Live Twice (1967), The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and Moonraker (1979).

With this page, we would like to send our sincere best wishes to a beloved director and human being.

"Dear Lewis: Warm regards from Sweden with love. Your work stands for itself."

About Lewis Gilbert:

Lewis Gilbert was born in 1920 and began his career as a director while attached to the US Army Air Corps in the Second World War. He went on to direct over 40 films, besides the three James Bond movies he directed classics like Sink the Bismarck! (1960) and Shirley Valentine (1989) (co-starring Joanna Lumley). Also a prolific writer and producer, Gilbert’s numerous awards include two BAFTAs (Reach for the Sky (1956) and Educating Rita (1983)) and a Golden Globe (Friends (1971)). His 1966 movie Alfie was nominated for numerous Academy Awards.

In 1997 Gilbert was appointed a CBE for his achievements in film, and five years later directed his final picture, Before You Go (2002) with Dermot Crowley ("Major Kamp" in Octopussy) in one of the roles.

In April 2010, Lewis came out with his autobiography titled All My Flashbacks in which he stated that The Spy Who Loved Me was the highlight of his career.

Wherever he lives in the world, he remains a loyal supporter of Arsenal Football Club.

Editor's note:
Lewis Gilbert's brother-in-law, actor Sydney Tafler, portrayed the "Liparus" Captain in TSWLM.

Photo above:
Lewis Gilbert inscribing his autography to "From Sweden With Love" after an interview in London. © 2010 Wolfgang Thürauf. All rights reserved.

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