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Lewis Gilbert (Director)

By: Anders Frejdh
Lewis Gilbert Anders Frejdh
Lewis Gilbert Anders Frejdh
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".

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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