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Director Guy Hamilton has died


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Guy Hamilton, best known for directing four key James Bond films in the '60s and '70s, has died. He was 93.


Hamilton's career began in the late 1940s, when he worked as an assistant to Carol Reed (on THE FALLEN IDOL, THE THIRD MAN and OUTCAST OF THE ISLANDS) and John Huston (on THE AFRICAN QUEEN). Hamilton even appears onscreen as a double for Orson Welles in a few scenes of THE THIRD MANN.


Embarking on his directorial career in the mid '50s, Hamilton's early efforts were primarily offbeat comedies -- including THE DEVIL'S DISCIPLE, A TOUCH OF LARCENY (both 1959) and THE BEST OF ENEMIES (1961).


It was not until 1964 that Hamilton achieved his greatest success through his involvement with the Bond franchise. He directed Sean Connery in GOLDFINGER (1964) and DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER (1971), and Roger Moore in LIVE AND LET DIE (1973) and THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN (1974).


Subsequently, Hamilton directed, among other films, the World War II thriller FORCE 10 FROM NAVARONE (1978) and a pair of Agatha Christie adaptations -- THE MIRROR CRACK'D (1980) and EVIL UNDER THE SUN (1982).


The Guardian remembers Guy Hamilton here: http://www.theguardian.com/film/2016/apr/21/james-bond-director-guy-hamilton-dies-aged-93

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Despite the sad nature of the news and your thread, the amusing part of it is that despite Mr. Hamilton having been a deft and very skillful director,  he, like many in any profession sometimes misfires.  For instance.....


This thread is probably the only place and time in which I've seen the movie FORCE 10 FROM NAVARONE  referred to as a "thriller" rather than the more oft used(in this film's case) "snoozer".


But I mean no disrespect.

At 93, he's had a good and fortunate run.



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So sorry to hear this. It's really been a rough year for celebrities born in the 1920s!


Hamilton directed one more noteworthy spy film during the 1960s -- "Funeral in Berlin," the 1966 sequel to "Len Deighton's 'The Ipcress File' " (1965). Sir Michael Caine once again played the nondescript but effective British agent Harry Palmer. The final film in the Palmer trilogy was "Billion Dollar Brain," which was released in 1967.



Caine as Harry Palmer in "Funeral in Berlin" 

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For those who have FXM, you can catch Hamilton's Man in the Middle (also known as The Winston Affair) on Monday, May 2 at 7:40 AM, and again at 6:00 AM on May 3.


It's a pretty good movie with interesting performances from Robert Mitchum and Keenan Wynn.

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