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Guy Hamilton (I) (1922–2016)

Typically British stiff-upper-lip war dramas and action adventure laced with moments of sophisticated comedy were Guy Hamilton's trademark. The son of a British diplomat, he spent most of his youth with his family in France, seemingly destined to be groomed for a career in the diplomatic service. Growing up, he became enthralled with French cinema... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Goldfinger Director
Live and Let Die
Live and Let Die Director
Diamonds Are Forever


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Other Works:

DVD commentaries on the following "James Bond" films: The Man with the Golden Gun (1974), Live and Let Die (1973), Diamonds Are Forever (1971), Goldfinger (1964). See more »

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1 Biographical Movie | 1 Interview | See more »

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Personal Quote:

[on the success of the James Bond films] A lot of 007's appeal, let's face it, stems from his doings with the ladies. So, find the ladies and we've won half the battle. See more »


After leaving the armed forces at the end of World War II, Hamilton entered the film industry in a very lowly capacity, but worked his way up very quickly. By the time he was in his mid-20s he was regarded as the foremost first assistant director in British films, working with the top British director of the time, Sir Carol Reed, and also John Huston. Hamilton became a director himself at the age... See more »

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