Guy Hamilton, who directed four James Bond movies including the 1964 classic Goldfinger, passed away earlier today at the age of 93. The filmmaker died on the Spanish island of Majorca where he lived. No details about the cause of death were given at this time, but we'll be sure to keep you posted with more updates as soon as they come in.
Guy Hamilton was born September 16, 1922 in Paris, France, and he got his start in the film business in the late 1940s. He served as director Carol Reed's assistant for five years, before becoming an assistant director on his 1949 classic film The Third Man. He also served as an assistant director on The Angel With the Trumpet, The Great Manhunt, Outcast of the Islands and the John Huston classic The African Queen, before making his directorial debut in 1951 with The Ringer.
He went on to direct An Inspector Calls, The Codlitz Story, Charley Moon, The Stowaway Girl, The Devil's Disciple, A Touch of Larceny, The Best of Enemies and The Winston Affair, before directing the iconic James Bond adventure Goldfinger in 1964, the third 007 movie. He would go on to direct Sean Connery in his last Bond movie, 1971's Diamonds Are Forever. He also directed Live and Let Die in 1973, the first movie starring Connery's predecessor, Roger Moore, followed by The Man With the Golden Gun in 1974.
The filmmaker's other notable credits include Funeral in Berlin starring Michael Caine, Battle of Britain starring Ian McShane, Force 10 from Navarone starring Robert Shaw and Harrison Ford, The Mirror Crack'd starring Angela Lansbury, Evil Under the Sun starring Peter Ustinov and Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins starring Fred Ward. His final feature directorial credit was 1989's Try This One For Size with David Carradine, but he also directed the 2006 documentary short On Location with The Man with the Golden Gun.
While Guy Hamilton certainly had a storied Hollywood career, he was almost set to direct a few other movies that went on to become huge blockbusters. He was originally attached to direct 1978's Superman, when production was scheduled to take place in Italy. Star Marlon Brando refused to shoot in Italy, which, along with other factors, resulted in the production shifting to England. Since Guy Hamilton was a "tax exile," and could only be in England for 30 days a year, he was forced to drop out, with Richard Donner taking over. According to Deadline, the filmmaker was also approached to direct Batman, but he turned down the job that was eventually taken by Tim Burton. Take a look at the tweets from Roger Moore and the official 007 Twitter account that pay tribute to the director.
Incredibly, incredibly saddened to hear the wonderful director Guy Hamilton has gone to the great cutting room in the sky. 2016 is horrid.— Sir Roger Moore (@sirrogermoore) April 21, 2016
We’re so sad to hear that Guy Hamilton has passed away. He directed four Bond films including GOLDFINGER. Our thoughts are with his family.— James Bond (@007) April 21, 2016