The high-intensity life of a British secret service agent captured in the James Bond films has won over the hearts of millions for many years. These films have been the longest-running series of all time and have grossed over $7 billion in total. This makes it the fourth highest grossing movie of all time.
Hollywood is mourning the loss of the man who helped reach these lofty achievements. Film director Lewis Gilbert passed away on February 23 at the age of 97. He started directing movies in the 1940s and has had a hand in over 40 productions during his lifetime.
The Directors Guild of America (DGA) made a statement in light of his passing:
“The DGA mourns the passing of Lewis Gilbert whose more than 70-year legacy as a film director has served as an inspiration to so many. Not limiting himself to any one genre, Gilbert found strength in tackling a diverse slate of films; from war dramas like Sink the Bismark! To light comedies like Alfie - both earning him DGA Award nominations for Outstanding Directing in Feature Film. But his most enduring impact may be his three iconic James Bond films in the 1960s and 70s: You Only Live Twice, The Spy Who Loved Me, and Moonraker, where his wit and sly humor elevated the genre. He will be deeply missed.”
Our thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones during this tragic time. Though he is no longer with us, his legacy will live on for a lifetime.