Menahem Golan, the veteran Israeli film maker who produced eighties action movies such as The Delta Force and Missing in Action, has died in Tel Aviv, aged 85.
Golan was best known for his work with his cousin Yoram Globus and they were known in the industry for their talent for making low-budget box office hits.
The pair became known as “the Go-Go boys” for their cheap but brash style. They pioneered the current glut of comic book movies and released a Captain America movie as well as a film version of the Masters of the Universe toys.
They also had producer credits on more serious, artistic work including John Cassavetes’ Love Streams and Andrei Konchalovsky’s Runaway Train.
Golan served in the Israeli air force during the 1948 war of independence and his best known directorial effort was arguably 1977’s Operation Thunderbolt, which dramatised the Israeli commando raid on Entebbe to free over 100 hostages held by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.