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Michael Apted is an English director, producer, writer and actor. He is one of the most prolific British film directors of his generation but is best known for his work on the Up Series of documentaries and the James Bond film The World Is Not Enough.
On 29 June 2003 he was elected president of the Directors Guild of America and was appointed Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in the 2008 Birthday Honours.
He began his career in television as a trainee at Granada Television, where he worked as a researcher. One of his first projects at Granada would become his most famous : the Up Series, which began in 1964 as a profile of fourteen seven-year-old children for the ground breaking current affairs series World in Action. Though it began as a one-shot documentary, the series has become an institution, revisiting the subjects every seven years. The latest version 49 Up was produced in 2005 and 56 Up is expected to premiere in May 2012.
Apted made his first feature film in 1972, The Triple Echo, starring Oliver Reed and Glenda Jackson. He went to the United States in 1980, where he directed The Coal Miner's daughter, which received seven Academy Award nominations, winning best actress for Sissy Spacek. Sigourney Weaver and Jodie Foster have also earned Academy Award nominations for their work in Apted-directed films.
Apted has also made several films with a strong social message or that deal with an ethical dilemma, including Gorky Park, Class Action and Extreme Measures.
He directed the 1999 James Bond film The World is Not Enough, the first Bond film in which the main villain is a woman.
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