Guy Hamilton Interview
This is a Visual History Recording

Visual History with Guy Hamilton

Interviewed by: Michael Apted

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A British feature director best known for directing four James Bond films; Goldfinger (1963), Diamonds are Forever (1971), Live and Let Die (1973) and The Man With the Golden Gun (1974), Guy Hamilton discovered an interest in film at a young age. Inspired by French cinema of the 1930s, Hamilton began working at a small studio in Nice, eventually moving to the UK where he was hired at Paramount News. There he worked his way up, becoming an assistant director on Carol Reed’s The Fallen Idol (1947) and The Third Man (1949).

Guy Hamilton explains how using comic elements in the pre-credits scene in his Bond films sets the tone of the picture for the audience, and sends them off on a wild ride.

Hamilton discusses the importance of exotic locations to the success of the Bond franchise, and how he found the iconic islands in "The Man With The Golden Gun."

Hamilton recounts his first directing experience and how he was aided by crucial advice received from his mentor, director Carol Reed.