Lewis Gilbert Poster


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Overview (4)

Born in Clapton, London, England, UK
Died in Monaco  (natural causes)
Birth NameLouis Laurie Isaacs
Height 5' 9" (1.75 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Lewis Gilbert was a British film director, producer and screenwriter best known for Alfie (1966), as well as three James Bond films: You Only Live Twice (1967), The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and Moonraker (1979).

He also directed Reach for the Sky (1956), Sink the Bismarck! (1960), Educating Rita (1983) and Shirley Valentine (1989).

For his work on Alfie, Gilbert was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture and an Golden Globe for best director.

In 2001 he was made a Fellow of the British Film Institute, the highest accolade in the British film industry.

Gilbert was married to Hylda Tafler for 53 years, until her death in June 2005.

He died from natural causes on 23 February 2018 at the age of 97.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Pedro Borges

Family (1)

Spouse Hylda Henrietta Tafler (14 February 1952 - 19 June 2005)  (her death)  (1 child)

Trade Mark (3)

Often directed crime movies
Often cast Kenneth More and Laurence Harvey
Directed big-budget 007 films

Trivia (14)

Attached to the US Air Corps Film Unit during the Second World War.
On April 30, 2001, he was awarded the Fellowship of the British Film Institute.
He was awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 1997 Queen's Birthday Honours List for his services to the film industry.
Brother-in-law of Sydney Tafler and father of John Gilbert.
Has directed four actors to Oscar nominations: Michael Caine (Best Actor, Alfie (1966); Best Actor, Educating Rita (1983)), Vivien Merchant (Best Supporting Actress, Alfie (1966)), Julie Walters (Best Actress, Educating Rita (1983)), and Pauline Collins (Best Actress, Shirley Valentine (1989)).
His family included several music hall performers. He was a child actor, and had small roles in a few movies as a teenager.
He first worked behind the camera in the RAF during WWII, making several documentary shorts.
Noted for a string of realistic and commercially successful war films in the 50s, including Reach For the Sky, Carve Her Name With Pride, Sink the Bismarck and HMS Defiant.
Directed three James Bond films: You Only Live Twice, The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker.
Was invalided out of the RAF in 1944 and thereafter joined British Instructional as a director of documentaries.
His mother was of Jewish descent.
Wanted to make an adaptation of "The Blue Lagoon" after the success of Franco Zeffirelli's version of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet (1968), but after an agreement with the estate of Henry De Vere Stacpoole could not be reached, he made a movie based on elements of "The Blue Lagoon," Friends (1971).
Passed away on February 23, 2018, just eleven days shy his 98th birthday.
Late 60's announced as producer/director of The Kelly Boys with a screenplay by Alun Owen.

Personal Quotes (7)

Paramount backed Alfie (1966) because it was going to be made for $500,000, normally the sort of money spent on executives' cigar bills.
The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) was the highlight of my career.
If I have any claim to fame, I believe I've shot the three biggest sets ever built for motion pictures.
[on Michael Caine in Educating Rita (1983)] Over the years I'd lost touch with Michael personally, but I kept tabs on his work. It's been so varied--he's never been particularly typed. The characters in Alfie (1966) and "Rita" couldn't be more opposite, but there was no doubt in my mind that he should be the professor.
[in a 1983 interview on the Bond films] What [Sean Connery] did, really, was to make James Bond in his own image--because he was not the Bond of the books. Of course, he was a very sexy, attractive, macho man--he still is. He also gave Bond a cynical edge. When his Bond shot someone, they were really dead. [Roger Moore], on the other hand, is more like the character in the books. He also gets along on a great deal of charm and friendliness. I don't think audiences ever believe Roger really kills anyone.
[in a 1983 interview] In the Bond films characterizations are non-existent. Nobody's worried about what Bond did as a child or how his mother treated him--we don't even know if he had a mother! That's not what the Bond films are about. They're all action and fun. But with a film like [Educating Rita (1983)], it's you and the actors and the words. It depends on the characterizations and the interplay. You don't get to rely on exciting ploys--like a bomb going off. Instead, you rely on two people talking, so those people better be saying the right things at the right time.
[on Kenneth More] I was very fond of Kenny as an actor, although he wasn't particularly versatile. What he could do, he did very well. His strength was his ability to portray charm; basically he was the officer returning from the war and was superb in that role. The minute that kind of role went out of existence, his popularity as a box-office star began to go down.

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