British filmmaker Guy Hamilton has died in Majorca at the age of 93. Hamilton set the template for the James Bond franchise when he helmed 1964’s iconic “Goldfinger”.
He returned to the franchise in the early 1970s for Sean Connery’s final outing with “Diamonds are Forever,” and then ushered in Roger Moore’s start to the series with “Live and Let Die” and “The Man with the Golden Gun”.
In a statement, Bond series producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson say: “We mourn the loss of our dear friend Guy Hamilton who firmly distilled the Bond formula in his much celebrated direction of ‘Goldfinger’ and continued to entertain audiences with ‘Diamonds Are Forever,’ ‘Live and Let Die’ and ‘The Man with the Golden Gun.’ We celebrate his enormous contribution to the Bond films.”
Hamilton’s work stretched far beyond Bond as well including directing “Funeral in Berlin,” the second of the Michael Caine-led Harry Palmer movies which set the mould for “anti-Bond” spy films that have since been used in the likes of the Bourne franchise.
He helmed two notable adaptations of Agatha Christie’s works including the all-star cast of 1982’s “Evil Under the Sun” with Peter Ustinov and Maggie Smith, and a 1980 film adaptation of “The Mirror Crack’d” with Angela Lansbury and Elizabeth Taylor.
He also worked on such films as “Force 10 From Navarone” with Harrison Ford, “The Best of Enemies” with David Niven, “The Colditz Story” with John Mills,” and “An Inspector Calls”. He also served as assistant to filmmaker Carol Reed on “The Third Man” and John Huston on “The African Queen”.