January 2, 2017

Directors

Guy Hamilton (1922-) b. Paris, France.

Guy Hamilton

Guy Hamilton came to England in 1940 and started out as assistant director to eminent filmmakers like Carol Reed on The Fallen Idol (1948) and The Third Man (1949), and John Huston on The African Queen (1951) before taking control himself. Some of his earliest films were the Alastair Sim led An Inspector Calls (1954) and PoW drama The Colditz Story (1955). He mostly directed thrillers of an elaborate and modish kind, such as the second Harry Palmer espionage thriller Funeral in Berlin (1966), and four James Bond films including the classic Goldfinger (1964) with Sean Connery and Roger Moore in Live and Let Die (1973). When he has strayed from this territory the results have not always been satisfactory. The Party’s Over (1964) ran into serious censorship problems, preventing it from being seen by a wide audience. The Battle of Britain (1969) was one of his most elaborate and costly works, but by no means the best.



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