Lewis Gilbert!

And that was a wrap on film director and producer Lewis Gilbert last week, after 97 years! Gilbert wrote and directed many war pictures in the ’50s and ’60s, including Sink the Bismarck!, Reach for the Sky, and Light Up the Sky!, which is a good sampling to appreciate his use of punctuation in film titles. He began a string of producing his directing efforts with Alfie, which garnered him a Golden Globe nomination for directing and an Oscar nom for Best Picture. Trying to live up to Alfie’s success led to some admirable pictures in the ’80s and ’90s, like Educating Rita and Shirley Valentine, and a trio of James Bond films ranging from good (The Spy Who Loved Me) to okay (You Only Live Twice) to decidedly poor (Moonraker). In the meantime, in the midst of narrowly missing out on directing two eventual Best Picture winners – Oliver! and The Godfather – Gilbert did lens one of the more heralded awful movies in history, The Adventurers, an epic three-hour sexventure starring Bekim Fehmiu as Dax Xenos, if that tells you anything.

And Dondos pulls down a fourth death in the first two months, 13 more points moving them to third overall. Well done!

Replacement pick due by next Wednesday!


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