Yes, tonyw, Michael Winner must have started near the bottom and worked his way down. He seems to have been in on the trend toward theme or franchise titles, only most of his never went anywhere. Early on he did films with "cool" in the title, and then, "joke." His best film was probably THE JOKERS. The picture that got him the most attention, however, was DEATH WISH, but evidently no one thought of him for the sequels.
I was surprised, at first glance, to see Winner described in bios as a fascist in his person and his art. I have always shied away from putting labels on people, but in Winner's case, it may be justified. He went for such films as DEATH WISH and THE MECHANIC.
It may have pleased his pride to hire Orson Welles for I'LL NEVER FORGET WHATSISNAME, but the irony is that their later lives have been in mirror-image parallel. The best known part of his recent career, for instance, has been in right wing commentary and TV commercials.
An occasional so-so film stands out, usually because of the players or the technicians. The re-make of WICKED LADY, a film I like, for some reason, featured a return to DP for the incomparable Jack Cardiff.
Thank you, tonyw, for reminding me of a director I had almost entirely forgotten.