1. A BAFTA tribute to James Bond director Lewis Gilbert

    By Devin Zydel on 2010-05-30

    From Reach for the Sky and Alfie to the James Bond Films, Educating Rita and Shirley Valentine, director Lewis Gilbert’s remarkable career in the British film industry spans over seven decades.

    'All My Flashbacks: The Autobiography of Lewis Gilbert'

    All My Flashbacks: The Autobiography of Lewis Gilbert

    In an exclusive BAFTA video, Gilbert discusses his lifelong experiences in the entertainment industry, beginning with his earliest role as a child actor at the tender age of five. He goes on to talk about the lucky breaks and hard work that led to the fast establishment of his career during an era when “cinema was King”.

    Talking onstage to friend and colleague Julie Walters, he explains how his early wartime pictures were influenced by his own experiences serving in the Air Force during WW1. After experinecing far-reaching success with Alfie in the 1960’s his work became became increasingly fashionable and he talks about landing the director chair for three Bond movies during the Roger Moore era.

    In a touching tribute, Walters (who worked with Gilbert on Educating Rita) says, “Your life touched mine and changed it forever”. An array of similarly enthusiastic and emotional sentiments from colleagues and friends provide insight into the true character of a man who is today considered one of the most distinguished directors in British cinema.

    Considering what he has learnt of the film industry in the course of his career, Lewis Gilbert offers this piece sound advice:

    All My Flashbacks: The Autobiography of Lewis Gilbert

    The filming of this interview coincided with the release of Lewis Gilbert’s autobiography, All My Flashbacks. In it Gilbert recounts tales of his experiences working with such diverse personalities as Laurence Olivier, Alfred Hitchcock, Michael Caine, Sean Connery, Roger Moore, Liza Minnelli and, of course, Julie Walters. Gilbert also shares the secrets behind some legendary movies, revealing the sometimes uncomfortable truth about what goes on behind the scenes.

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