Michael Apted dead: James Bond and Seven Up! director dead aged 79

Film-producer Michael Apted has died at the age of 79 with the cause of death yet to be revealed.

The documentarian was better known for his contribution with directing the World Is Not Enough and films such as Gorillas in the Mist and Coal Miner’s Daughter.

His agency to the Hollywood Reporter confirmed his death but further details are not yet known.

The legend who released many documentaries overtime started out his career in 1960s on the small screen, eventually helping out on the hit current affairs show Seven Up!

With the show following 14 seven-year-old children across their journey through life, Michael assisted director Paul Almond with interviewing those cast.

In 2019, the last series 63 Up was released and the director referred to it as "the most important thing I have ever done".

The series of documentaries for Granada Television, in which followed a group of young Britons were revisited every seven years to determine how life had panned out, topped the list in the 2005 Channel 4 Program 'The 50 Greatest Documentaries.'

Seven Up! was only ever supposed to be rolled out for one year but Granda devised a cunning plan in 1970 to check in on the children which Apted also directed.

Apted took over the reigns of the Granda production and went on the direct the subsequent follow ups: 21 Up (1977), 28 Up (1984), 35 Up (1991), 42 Up (1998), 49 Up (2005), 56 Up (2012) and 63 Up (2019).

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