Peter Yates reported dead
Director Peter Yates, who worked on the Patrick McGoohan spy fi series, Secret Agent (AKA Danger Man), has reportedly died.
A diverse movie career included mainstream hits and critically acclaimed works including Bullitt (Steve McQueen), The Friends of Eddie Coyle (Robert Mitchum), For Pete’s Sake (Barbara Streisand), Breaking Away (for which he got one of his four Oscar nominations…as did the picture), and The Dresser (Albert Finney).
While The Dresser was a prestige movie in a four decade career, the same can’t be said of his big screen fantasy Krull, which was released the same year. The movie, with its flying mountain and cyborg army, has its fandom…of te ironic “so bad it’s good” type. Music by James Horner and performances by Liam Neeson and Robbie Coltane (Hagrid) mean that it will continue to show up on lists of credits.
In addition to several episodes of Secret Agent, Yates also directed several of Roger Moore’s series, The Saint.
In 2000, he directed the TV adaptation of Don Quixote starring John Lithgow.
This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle blog.