Lewis Gilbert, director of three James Bond movies, celebrated his 97th birthday on March 6.
Among 007 film creators (and we’re talking behind the camera) who worked on multiple Bond films, he may be the one who enjoyed the longest life. Oswald Morris, who was co-director of photography for The Man With the Golden Gun (for interior scenes only) lived to be 98.
What follows is a partial list:
Lewis Gilbert (director, three films): 97 and counting.
Ken Adam (production designer, seven films): 95
Guy Hamilton (director, four films, including Goldfinger): 93
Syd Cain (art director, production designer, multiple films): 93
Albert R. Broccoli (co-founder Eon Productions): 87
Johanna Harwood (co-screenwriter, Dr. No, adaptation, From Russia With Love): 86 or 87 and counting
Peter Murton (production designer, The Man With the Golden Gun, had worked as art director under Adam on Thunderball): 85
John Glen: (director, five films): 84 and counting.
Richard Maibaum (screenwriter or co-screenwriter, 13 films): 83
Terence Young (director, three films): 79
Christopher Wood (screenwriter or co-screenwriter, two films): 79
Harry Saltzman (co-founder Eon Productions): 78
John Barry (composer, 11 films): 77
Peter Hunt (editor, director of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, editor five films): 77
Michael G. Wilson (screenwriter and producer multiple films): 75 and counting
Roald Dahl (screenwriter, You Only Live Twice): 74
Ted Moore: (director of photography or co-DOP, six films): 72
Ian Fleming (James Bond creator): 56
Meanwhile, outside of the Eon-produced series (and all one-timers):
Douglas Slocombe (director of photography, Never Say Never Again): 103
Charles Bennett (co-scripted 1954 Casino Royale on CBS): 95
Lorenzo Semple Jr. (writer, Never Say Never Again): 91