Lewis Gilbert, a British director, producer and screenwriter whose films included the acclaimed 1966 comedy-drama “Alfie,” which made Michael Caine a star, as well as three James Bond adventures, has died at 97, The New York Times reports.
Eon Productions, which produces the James Bond movie series, confirmed the death.
Mr. Gilbert directed, and often wrote or co-wrote, war stories, romances and family dramas in his half-century career. He made small but well-liked films like “Educating Rita” (1983), which reunited him with Mr. Caine, and “Shirley Valentine” (1989).
He also made action spectaculars like “Sink the Bismarck!” (1960), the most successful of his many World War II films. It told the true story of the British Navy’s quest to destroy Germany’s largest and most powerful warship.