Science-fiction movie-maker Val Guest has lost his battle with prostate cancer in a Palm Desert, California hospital. He was 94. The British-born director and screenwriter is best known for his work on films like THE QUATERMASS XPERIMENT (corr) and THE DAY THE EARTH CAUGHT FIRE, but he's also among the credited film-makers behind 1960s JAMES BOND spoof Casino Royale. Guest and co-writer Wolf Mankowitz picked up a Best British Screenplay award from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) in 1962 for their work on The Day The Earth Caught Fire.