Biography of Guy Hamilton

Guy Hamilton was a British film director, known for directing four James Bond films throughout his long career. His James Bond directing credits include Goldfinger, Diamonds are Forever, Live and Let Die, and The Man with the Golden Gun.

After being a clapperboard boy at the Victorine Studios in Nice as a young boy, he worked in the film library at Paramount News, then served in the British Navy during World War II. After the war, he became an assistant director, working with Carol Reed on The Fallen Idol, The Third Man, and Outcast of the Islands. Over the course of the 1950s, Hamilton directed many war movies, and served as the assistant director on The African Queen in 1951.

After turning down Dr. No, the very first James Bond film in 1962, Hamilton directed The Party's Over, which, upon its release, was censored, causing Hamilton to request his name be separated from the film. After the bad luck of that film, he directed Goldfinger in 1964. In the 1970s, he directed the three other Bond films that starred Roger Moore rather than Sean Connery.

Hamilton's other films include Force 10 from Navarone, The Mirror Crack'd, and Evil Under the Sun.

Study Guides on Works by Guy Hamilton

Goldfinger is the third James Bond movie released by Eon Productions. It was released in 1964, directed by Guy Hamilton. The film stars Sean Connery as the suave and sophisticated British spy, James Bond, who has been tasked with taking down a...