Film director and restaurant critic Michael Winner has died at the age of 77. Winner, who had been ill for some time, died on Monday at his London home in Kensington, where he was being nursed by his wife Geraldine. Mrs Winner, a former dancer who he married two years ago, said in a statement: "Michael was a wonderful man, brilliant, funny and generous. "A light has gone out in my life." In a film career spanning more than 50 years, Winner made more than 30 films including the blockbuster Death Wish series, and he worked with some of the biggest stars in Hollywood, including Marlon Brando, Robert Mitchum and Faye Dunaway. He later reinvented himself as a restaurant critic, writing about food in his typically flamboyant style in his Winner's Dinners column for The Sunday Times. In recent years Winner has perhaps been best known for his car insurance adverts featuring the "Calm down dear" catchprase.