Bond Series: Hamilton, Guy–Director of Four Bond Films (Goldfinger) Dies at 93

Guy Hamilton, the director of four James Bond films, including Goldfinger, has died on the Mediterranean island of Majorca. He was 93.

Hamilton helmed the iconic 007 movies “Goldfinger” in 1964 and “Diamonds are Forever” in 1971, both starring Sean Connery, as well as 1973’s “Live and Let Die” and 1974’s “The Man with the Golden Gun,” both with Roger Moore as Bond.

Hamilton’s career started when he was 17 in the accounts department of a film studio in Nice, France, before assuming  a lowly production role.  He later said he “discovered how a studio worked the hard way.” This was interrupted by the start of the World War II, when he served in a covert unit of the British navy.

After the war, Hamilton worked as  assistantn to the great British director Carol Reed on several movies, from “The Fallen Idol” in 1948 through to “Outcast of the Islands” in 1951, “The Third Man” in 1949.  “Carol was basically my father,” Hamilton said. “He taught me everything I know. I adored him.”

Hamilton also worked as an assistant director on John Huston’s “The African Queen” in 1951, starring Humhrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn.

Early films as a director included 1954’s “An Inspector Calls,” starring Alastair Sim, 1955’s “The Colditz Story,” starring John Mills, and 1961’s “The Best of Enemies,” with David Niven.

He went on to direct movies like “Funeral in Berlin” in 1966, starring Michael Caine, 1969’s “Battle of Britain,” with Caine and Trevor Howard, 1978’s “Force 10 From Navarone,” with Harrison Ford, and two Agatha Christie adaptations, 1980’s “The Mirror Crack’d,” with Angela Lansbury, Tony Curtis and Rock Hudson, and 1982’s “Evil Under the Sun,” with Peter Ustinov, James Mason and Maggie Smith.

Hamilton remains best known for his four Bond films, playing a major part in developing the international franchise’s distinctive style, including the glamour. “Don’t take a train when you can take a plane, and if you’re going to take a plane, take the newest one around,” Hamilton said. “And if you give Bond a car, don’t show what’s been seen — show what’s not out yet.”

Hamilton was married twice, first to actress Naomi Chance, and later to another actress Kerima.