Don received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Sedona Film Festival in Arizona. This followed the showing of three of his most popular films: To Sir With Love, Diamonds Are Forever and Born Free.
To Sir With Love
“To Sir with Love” was an almost unique instance in Don’s career when the words most definitely came before the music. It is the question all songwriters are most frequently asked, and Don usually likes to have the music first. Not in this film. The producers felt that the lyric was all-important. ‘The lyric’, they told Don, ‘is everything here.’