James Bond director Lewis Gilbert has died aged 97, reported the Daily Mail.
The British filmmaker, who directed three 007 films including "The Spy Who Loved Me," will be "sorely missed," said Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli.
Gilbert was born in London in 1920, and he directed countless other films. Those included "Educating Rita" and "Alfie." The latter film launched Michael Caine's career and earned Gilbert an Oscar nomination.
Wilson and Broccoli said: "It is with great sadness that we learn of the passing of our dear friend Lewis Gilbert."
They continued, "Lewis was a true gentleman. He made an enormous contribution to the British film industry as well as the Bond films, directing 'You Only Live Twice,' 'The Spy Who Loved Me,' and 'Moonraker.'"
They added, "His films are not only loved by us but are considered classics within the series."
Gilbert directed his first Bond film in 1967 with "You Only Live Twice" starring Sean Connery. Ten years later, he went on to oversee "The Spy Who Loved Me" (1977) and "Moonraker" (1979), which both starred Roger Moore.
His final film, 2002's "Before You Go," saw him team up again with Educating Rita star Julie Walters.
His earlier films included the Second World War classics "Reach For The Sky," about real-life fighter pilot Douglas Bader who flew having lost both legs before the war, and "Sink The Bismarck!"
Gilbert was awarded a British Film Institute fellowship in 2001 for his outstanding contribution to British film.
Among those paying tribute on Twitter were comedian David Walliams, who thanked Gilbert "for or all the joy you brought me & millions of others."
Please pray for his family as they deal with his loss. In other news, it was just confirmed that only one U.S. president will be attending Billy Graham's funeral.