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Michael Apted has died aged 79.
The film-maker was known for directing James Bond film The World Is Not Enough, Coronation Street and the 7-Up series.
He directed 24 episodes of Coronation Street from June 1966 to July 1967.
Apted's agent confirmed the news of his death to the Hollywood Reporter, but his cause of death has not yet been revealed.
His Up series of documentaries for Granada Television, in which he profiled a varied group of young Britons and revisited them every seven years to what changes time had wrought, topped the list in the 2005 Channel 4 Program 'The 50 Greatest Documentaries.'
Michael Apted has died aged 79
Pierce Brosnan & Michael Apted during The World is Not Enough Los Angeles premiere
Apted directed 007 hit The World Is Not Enough in 1999, starring Pierce Brosnan.
The Gersh Agency confirmed Apted’s death although provided no details.
Paying tribute Director's Guild of America President Thomas Schlamme said: "His legacy will be forever woven into the fabric of cinema and our guild.
Michael in 2019
"A fearless visionary as a director and unparalleled guild leader, Michael saw the trajectory of things when others didn't, and we were all the beneficiaries of his wisdom and lifelong dedication."
Apted served three terms as DGA president from 2003 to 2009.
He received the guild's Robert B. Aldrich Award in 2013 and then its Honorary Life Member honor five years later.
He directed the 7-Up series
Apted was also a member of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences board of governors.
He was also known for working with musicians, including David Essex in 1974's Stardust.
In 2002 he made a film about The Rolling Stones' Forty Licks tour but it was never released following a disagreement with Mick Jagger.
He was now for his work in both TV and film
Apted had dozens of film and TV credits during his half-century career ranging from Coronation Street and ITV Playhouse to Chasing Mavericks and Masters of Sex.
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