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
After directing his first feature, a mystery thriller called The Ringer (1952), Hamilton worked steadily in feature films for over 30 years. Starting with genre films of the 1950s, recognition led to Hamilton being offered big-budget, international productions where he developed a knack for creating large-scale action sequences. Beyond directing both Sean Connery and Roger Moore as James Bond, Hamilton helmed some of the most well known British war films such as A Touch of Larceny (1959); for which he received a BAFTA nomination for Best British Screenplay; The Colditz Story (1955), Battle of Britain (1969) and Force 10 From Navarone (1978).
In the interview, Hamilton expresses his gratitude and satisfaction to the DGA for fighting for his, and other directors’, economic and creative rights, most notably the push to defend against piracy.
Hamilton passed away in April 2016.