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Director of ‘Narnia’, ‘007’ passes away

‘Narnia’, ‘007’ director Michael Apted passes away at 79.

British filmmaker Michael Apted, director of ‘The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader’, has passed away at the age of 79.

He died at his home in Los Angeles on Thursday, January 7. The cause of the death is not specified yet.

Apted was famous for his documentaries. He also directed several feature films, including ‘Gorillas in the Mist’, ‘Nell’, ‘Coal Miner’s Daughter’, and ‘The World Is Not Enough’ from the 007 series.

His family blockbuster ‘The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader’ (2010), was his highest-grossing hit.

According to The Washington Post, “Many of his best-known films featured strong female leads, and he directed several actresses to Academy Award recognition. Sissy Spacek won an Oscar for her performance as country star Loretta Lynn in the 1980 biopic ‘Coal Miner’s Daughter’. Sigourney Weaver was nominated for playing real-life primatologist Dian Fossey in ‘Gorillas in the Mist’ (1988), and Jodie Foster as a girl growing up in the North Carolina woods in ‘Nell’ (1994).”