Flash Gordon director Mike Hodges dies at age 90 Hailed as ‘real guru’ in filmmaking
- The veteran’s close friend, Mike Kaplan, confirmed that he passed away at his home
- Mike is best known for his work in the British gangster film genre
- He got his big break with Get Carter, which he wrote and directed
- The cause of death of the director has not been confirmed
Director Mike Hodges, known for Get Carter and Flash Gordon, has died at the age of 90.
The veteran’s close friend Mike Kaplan confirmed to The Guardian late Tuesday night that he died at his home in Dorset on Saturday.
The cause of his death has not been confirmed. Best known for his work in the British gangster film genre, Mike got his big break with Get Carter starring Sir Michael Caine, which he wrote and directed.
Scroll: Director Mike Hodges, best known for Get Carter and Flash Gordon, has died at the age of 90
He went on to replace Nicolas Roeg as director of Flash Gordon, which he says came together like a perfect ‘soufflé’, but he turned down his work on Mickey Rourke’s critically panned 1987 film A Prayer for the Dying.
Tributes began flooding social media after the death was confirmed, including from director Matthew Sweet who tweeted: “Just heard the news of Mike Hodges.
‘Real master.’ Restless angry talent. An irreplaceable body of work. I love movies. I love the man.
“Mike Hodges, the director of Flash Gordon, has passed away,” said screenwriter Brian Lynch.
The legend: The veteran’s close friend Mike Kaplan confirmed to The Guardian late Tuesday night that he died at his home in Dorset on Saturday.
I finally saw this movie during the pandemic and it brought me such joy.
I’ve watched it many times since then. Nothing else like it. Rest in peace sir.
Born in Bristol in 1932, he began his career as a chartered accountant, then served for two years on a Royal Navy minesweeper around the fishing ports of northern England.
He said the “extreme poverty” he witnessed doing the work influenced the anger behind Get Carter when he started out as a “young Tory” and emerged as “an angry, radical young man”.
Director: Cause of death not confirmed (pictured with Clive Owen and Charlotte Rampling)
Mike co-wrote the 1978 horror film Damien: Omen 2 and was set to direct it, but quit when he found it “too scary” a producer pulled out a loaded gun and placed it on the table during a heated conversation about budgets.
His 1998 film Croupier starring Clive Owens as a casino dealer was a box office bomb in the UK but garnered rave reviews in America and became a cult classic.
Mike then came out of semi-retirement to direct Clive in his final film, 2003’s I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead, another gangster movie featuring the leading man out to get revenge on mobsters for the rape of his younger brother.
The reaction: Tributes began flooding social media after the death was confirmed
His longtime friend Malcolm MacDowell called him a “rare bird” in British cinema and bemoaned the time it had taken him to gain recognition.
Mike ended his life saying he was happy looking after his vegetables at his home in Dorset.
He is survived by his wife Carol Laws, sons Ben and Jake Hodges, and five grandchildren Marlon, Honey, Orson Welles, Michael and Gabriel.
Career: Best known for his work on the British gangster film genre, Mike got his big break with Get Carter starring Sir Michael Caine, which he wrote and directed
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