Contributed by: The James Bond Movie Encyclopedia by Steven Jay Rubin

(April 29, 1923–November 27, 2010): Acclaimed American film director who helmed Never Say Never Again. He’s best known for directing the second Star Wars film, The Empire Strikes Back (1980).

A native of Philadelphia, Kershner made his big-screen directorial debut on Stakeout on Dope Street (1958). His additional feature film credits include The Luck of Ginger Coffey (1964); A Fine Madness (1966), with Sean Connery; Eyes of Laura Mars (1978); and RoboCop 2 (1990).


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