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‘Flash Gordon’ director Mike Hodges dies at 90



Mumbai. Mike Hodges, the British director of films like ‘Flash Gordon’ and ‘Crupier’, has died. He was 90 years old. ‘I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead’ producer Mike Caplan has confirmed her death to NBC News, People magazine reports.

According to Caplan, Hodges died of heart failure at his home in Dorset, England. Hodges had a long career, working since the 1950s. Before making his film debut, he spent two years in compulsory national service on a Royal Navy minesweeper, which he credits with inspiring his first movie, Get Carter.

In a letter published by The Guardian in May, he said: “For two years I was a victim of appalling poverty and deprivation. I entered the Navy as a new chartered accountant and came out an angry fanatic.”

He further stated, “Twenty years later, when I was asked to make a film about Ted Lewis’s big book, I recognized that world and added my own experiences to it.” His second film, Pulp, was released in 1971, a year after the release of Get Carter. Hodges’ directing talents were next on display in the 1980s with Flash Gordon.

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