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Guy Hamilton, James Bond Director, Passes Away at 93

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Guy Hamilton, James Bond Director, Passes Away at 93
Guy Hamilton, who directed four James Bond movies including the 1964 classic Goldfinger, passed away earlier today at the age of 93. The filmmaker died on the Spanish island of Majorca where he lived. No details about the cause of death were given at this time, but we'll be sure to keep you posted with more updates as soon as they come in.

Guy Hamilton was born September 16, 1922 in Paris, France, and he got his start in the film business in the late 1940s. He served as director Carol Reed's assistant for five years, before becoming an assistant director on his 1949 classic film The Third Man. He also served as an assistant director on The Angel With the Trumpet, The Great Manhunt, Outcast of the Islands and the John Huston classic The African Queen, before making his directorial debut in 1951 with The Ringer.

He went on to direct An Inspector Calls,
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Guy Hamilton obituary

Director best known for his Bond films, The Colditz Story and An Inspector Calls

With four James Bond movies – Goldfinger (1964), Diamonds Are Forever (1971), Live and Let Die (1973) and The Man With the Golden Gun (1974) – among his credits, the director Guy Hamilton, who has died aged 93, was one of Britain’s most bankable film-makers. But his latter-day fame, for these and other commercial blockbusters, detracted in the eyes of many critics from his earlier achievements.

Hamilton’s long career began as an assistant director, a job that most usually led to work in production. He, however, was determined to direct and decided that “the trick was not to be an assistant director, but to become the director’s assistant”, thus gaining valuable experience by tackling those tasks that preoccupied bosses chose to delegate. During a six-year period he became recognised as the best in the business, working for Alberto Cavalcanti, Sidney Gilliat,
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R.I.P. Guy Hamilton

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,
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Guy Hamilton Dead At Age 93; Directed Four James Bond Films And "Battle Of Britain".

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Guy Hamilton and Roger Moore on the set of "The Man With the Golden Gun" in Thailand, 1974.

 

By Lee Pfeiffer

Cinema Retro mourns the loss of director Guy Hamilton, who has passed away at age 93. Guy was an old friend and supporter of our magazine and a wonderful talent and raconteur. Hamilton, though British by birth, spent much of his life in France. After WWII, he entered the film industry in England and served as assistant director to Sir Carol Reed, working on the classic film "The Third Man". He also served as Ad on John Huston's "The African Queen". Gradually, he moved up the ladder to director and helmed such films as "An Inspector Calls", "The Colditz Story" and "The Devil's Disciple", the latter starring Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas and Laurence Olivier. In 1964 Hamilton was hired to direct the third James Bond film "Goldfinger" and made cinema history.
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James Bond Director Guy Hamilton Dies at 93

James Bond Director Guy Hamilton Dies at 93
London — Guy Hamilton, the director of four James Bond films, has died on the Mediterranean island of Majorca at the age of 93. Hamilton was at the helm of iconic 007 movies “Goldfinger” in 1964 and “Diamonds are Forever” in 1971, both starring Sean Connery, as well as 1973’s “Live and Let Die” and 1974’s “The Man with the Golden Gun,” both with Roger Moore as Bond.

In a statement, Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson told Variety: “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 career started when he was 17 in the accounts department of a film studio in Nice, France, but he soon gravitated to a lowly production role.
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BFI Awards National Lottery Funding to Yorkshire Screen Industries Hub

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The BFI has awarded National Lottery funding to the Yorkshire Screen Industries Hub through its Creative Clusters Challenge Fund which aims to support the growth of emerging screen sector centers outside London and the South-East and enable the UK film, TV and games industry to expand and maintain its competitiveness in a global industry.

The Yorkshire Screen Industries Hub which comprises a consortium of organizations in Yorkshire and the Humber will receive £127,000 through the BFI’s Creative Clusters Fund as seed funding for a plan to expand the region’s creative sector infrastructure and skills base, attract further private investment and enable the region to complement Media City and the North East in expanding its growing and vibrant screen and media industries. The BFI Award is matched by regional partners to create a total investment of £254,000.

Leeds has the greatest digital and creative business growth in the region; the creative industries represent York’s fastest growing sector; Sheffield is an international hub for documentary and digital media; and Hull features as one of the top 16 digital clusters in the Tech Nation 2015 report Powering the Digital Economy.

The Yorkshire Screen Industries Hub consortium partners Screen Yorkshire, Game Republic and Sheffield International Documentary Festival (Sheffield Doc/Fest) have drawn match funding from the cities of Bradford, Hull, Leeds, Sheffield and York; the local authorities for Calderdale, Harrogate and Kirklees and six leading UK universities – Bradford, Huddersfield, Hull, Leeds Beckett, Sheffield Hallam and York. Lead industry bodies including Creative Skillset, Tiga and Ukie are supporting the creative cluster bid alongside industry partners and businesses including Warp Films, True North, Daisybeck Studios, Prime Studios, Fettle Animation, 104 Films and Revolution Software.

Amanda Nevill, Chief Executive of the BFI says, “There’s something exciting happening in Yorkshire’s screen sector and there is huge potential in this dynamic region, so we’re thrilled to support such a range of fantastic partners who have come together with one common goal: to ensure Yorkshire’s burgeoning screen industries continue to grow and flourish. The UK’s screen industries are thriving and if we are to support future growth it is vital that more areas outside London become international hubs - this support for Yorkshire is significant and we look forward to announcing further Creative Clusters in the coming months.”

Sally Joynson, Chief Executive at Screen Yorkshire says, “This is fantastic news for everyone working in the film, TV and gaming sectors in Yorkshire, now and in the future. It’s a huge vote of confidence in our screen industries and will enable us to build a compelling case for further investment in the sector. Over the last three years alone, Screen Yorkshire has invested more than £14 million into 38 feature films and TV programs, including the new feature film 'Dad’s Army,' award-winning TV drama 'Peaky Blinders' and BAFTA™ nominated feature '’71.'

“We’ll be embarking on a program of work from January 2016, in partnership with industry leaders Game Republic and Sheffield Doc/Fest, to shape the region’s screen landscape for years to come; stimulating economic growth, creating new jobs and helping us to nurture a new generation of talent helping to establish Yorkshire as a global center for film, television and gaming.”

Yorkshire has seen a surge in production of major feature films and TV productions establishing a strong reputation for the region’s production facilities, crews, talent and locations. Screen Yorkshire’s own investment in 38 film and TV productions through the Yorkshire Content Fund has generated over £40 million of spend on the region’s businesses, services and talent. Major films which have been made in Yorkshire include "Dad’s Army" currently number one at the UK box office following its release on Friday (5 February) and the upcoming adaptation of "Swallows and Amazons" as well as "Testament of Youth," "A Royal Night Out," and the award-winning "’71." Major TV productions made in the region include the multi award-winning TV series "Peaky Blinders," "Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell," "An Inspector Calls," "Jericho," "Victoria," "Happy Valley" and "This is England."

Yorkshire and Humber also has a strong video games ecosystem which includes business network Game Republic, as well as major internationally-recognized games studios including Team17, Sumo Digital and Revolution Software, as well as informal groups such as GaMaYo, and smaller independent start-ups such as Red Kite Games and Boneloaf. Yorkshire and Humber is also home to Games Britannia, an award-winning video games education festival hosted by Sheffield Hallam, and the innovative and exciting Platform Expos in Hull.

The region also has strong international business and cultural links including with emerging markets for the creative sector. Sheffield Doc/Fest, a world leading documentary festival that celebrates the art and business of documentary, welcomes over 30,000 documentary-makers and film lovers each June, including 3,500 industry delegates from more than 60 countries. Bradford is the first city in the world to be a Unesco City of Film; Bradford and York are connected with 69 cities in 32 countries through the Unesco Creative Cities Network; the region’s university and college partners have forged partnerships with Mumbai, Malaysia and China; and York is also a member of the Connecting Cities media arts network which encourages collaboration with cities spanning Berlin to Sao Paulo and Helsinki to Melbourne.

The screen industries are one of the UK’s biggest success stories delivering significant economic and cultural benefits to the UK - the BFI’s statistics for last year showed that over £1.4 billion was spent on film and high-end TV production in the UK alone. London and the South East are central to the UK’s success as it is where the vast majority of screen businesses are based but to sustain growth in this fast-growing sector and maintain the UK’s international competitiveness, developing capacity outside the capital and the South East is essential. Capitalising on the creative, technological and business development opportunities that are generating growth elsewhere in the UK is central to the BFI’s UK-wide ambitions and strategy for the UK’s film and screen sector.

The BFI’s Creative Cluster Challenge Fund was launched in summer 2015 to encourage and support emerging screen industry clusters (film, television, animation and video games) outside London and the South East. The award to the Yorkshire region follows a competitive applications process. The BFI intends to re-open applications to the fund, for a second round of awards, in May 2016.

The North of England is home to 15 million people comparable to 17 million in London and the South East combined.
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Unforgotten – episode three recap: 'Let them prove you lied'

Sex, lies and a pair of bolt cutters? The revelations just keep coming as we reach the midway point

We’re halfway through Unforgotten and exactly what I hoped would happen is happening – tension slowly but surely being cranked up with each episode. As flesh is gradually put on the bones of Jimmy’s murder, the stakes rise; how this finishes is anybody’s guess. Reading some of the guesses in the comments last week, I was intrigued by ID3446596 seeing parallels with An Inspector Calls and iharsten suggesting we haven’t heard the last of the stolen, yet-not-reported-stolen car. I agree that the Slater house is hiding something, and that a paedophile scandal would be a letdown. After all, this is ITV not the BBC.

Related: Who's the best new TV cop: River's Nicola Walker or Unforgotten's Nicola Walker?

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Samantha Morton in Cider With Rosie: 'It's the path of true love'

BBC1’s series of Sunday-night literary adaptations concludes with a new version of Laurie Lee’s coming-of-age drama

After The Go-Between, Lady Chatterley’s Lover and An Inspector Calls, the last of the BBC’s current season of adaptations of classic 20th-century literature is a reworking of Laurie Lee’s 1959 novel. Based on Lee’s childhood in a Cotswold village during and immediately after the first world war, it stars Samantha Morton (Annie Lee), Archie Cox (Laurie), Ruby Ashbourne Serkis (Rosie), Emma Curtis (Marj), Jessica Hynes (Miss Crabby), June Whitfield (Granny Wallon), Annette Crosbie (Granny Trill) and Billy Howle (Private James Harris), with Timothy Spall as the voice of Laurie Lee.

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Trailer watch – The Go-Between on BBC1

BBC1’s Sunday night literary classics season continues with an adaptation of LP Hartley’s tale of Edwardian romance

After Lady Chatterley’s Lover and An Inspector Calls, BBC1’s next Sunday night literary adaptation is a version of LP Hartley’s 1953 novel The Go-Between.

“The Go-Between follows Leo Colston, who, as an elderly man, pieces together his childhood memories after finding his diary from 1900, which he wrote when he was 13 years old. A nostalgic tale about lost innocence, The Go-Between paints beautiful pictures of British life, humanity and social hierarchy at the beginning of the 20th century.”

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Why now is the perfect time for An Inspector Calls

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BBC One’s adaptation of Jb Priestley’s An Inspector Calls couldn’t have aired at a more apt political moment…

When the march of world events falls accidently into step with TV drama, the result can be tasteless, or illuminating. If, say, a fictional shooting or bombing too closely mirrors a real and recent tragedy, the response is usually to pluck it from the schedules in respect for those suffering. Nobody facing the real thing wants to be confronted with it re-enacted in play.

Then there are the more serendipitous collisions between real world and fiction. Happenstance meetings that can spark a fire inside a drama, turning it into a beacon. The BBC's An Inspector Calls airing in a week where front pages are dominated by people fleeing war in desperate need of help, and the political conversation is about who should be responsible for these strangers, was just that.
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An Inspector Calls; This Is England ’90 review: a message from a century ago, and friends appear from decades ago

The inspector’s plea for shared humanity is as relevant as ever today, while seeing Gadget, Milk, Shaun, Lol and Woody is like catching up with old mates

Replace the name of the recently (or soon to be!) deceased Eva Smith in Inspector Goole’s final speech from An Inspector Calls (BBC1, Sunday) for that of a drowned three-year-old Syrian boy and this is what you get: “There are millions and millions of Alan Kurdis left with us, with their lives, their hopes and fears, their suffering and a chance of happiness, all intertwined with our lives and what we think and say and do. We don’t live alone. We are members of one body. We are responsible for each other.”

Yes, that works. Perhaps that’s what Jb Priestley would have said. His play might be set over a hundred years ago, in 1912, but the messages and sentiments
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An Inspector Calls: first trailer for BBC adaptation

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J.B. Priestley's celebrated play An Inspector Calls is coming to the BBC. We've got the first trailer, here...

An Inspector Calls is a much-celebrated stageplay, which has also been a staple of the national curriculum here in the UK for quite some time.

J.B. Priestley's 1912 play focuses on the well-to-do Birling family who are grilled by a mysterious inspector after a working class local girl takes her own life. Revelations abound as the three-act play goes on, making An Inspector Calls something of a tense thriller.

The BBC have filmed a new version of the story, with David Thewlis as the inspector and Ken Stott as head of the family Arthur Birling. Here's the first trailer...

An Inspector Calls will air at 8.30pm on Sunday the 13th of September on BBC One.

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How Jb Priestley’s Inspector first called on the Ussr

Priestley’s first postwar play, An Inspector Calls, was premiered not in London but in Leningrad. Seventy years on, and in the runup to both the revival of Stephen Daldry’s classic production on stage and a new BBC film version, the playwright’s Russian journey seems more extraordinary than ever

‘They simply adore Daddy here”... “Daddy was recognised everywhere ... his books sell like hot cakes … ” “Daddy made a speech, terrific applause, packed theatre stood and shouted.” “People kept coming up and saying ‘What a mind!’ ‘What a man!’”

This was Jb Priestley’s wife Jane, in September 1945, writing home to their six children from Russia, where they had been invited for the world premiere of An Inspector Calls. It opened first in Leningrad as “This You Will Not Forget”, then in Moscow where it was retitled “He Came”: the new titles were needed because in Russia an inspector
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Al Checco, Actor Who Teamed With Don Knotts, Dies at 93

Al Checco, actor and comedy partner of Don Knotts in entertaining U.S. troops overseas during World War II, died at his home in Studio City on July 19. He was 93.

He began his acting and singing career on stage on Broadway in New York City, where he performed in musicals including “Crazy for You,” “Damn Yankees,” “South Pacific,” “Man of La Mancha” and “Showboat” and stage plays including “An Inspector Calls.”

Checco’s films include “Pete’s Dragon” (1977), “Bullitt” (1968), “Hotel” (1967) and “The Party” (1968). His TV credits included guest appearances on “Batman,” “The Rockford Files,” “Adam 12,” “Bonanza,” “Medical Center,” “Love Boat” and “Dallas.”

Earlier he guested several times on “The Andy Griffith Show,” including playing Mort, the bank robber in the episode “The Bank Job.”

Born in Pittsburgh, Checco graduated from the Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama and later provided the funding for the Al Checco Rehearsal

Studio of the
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Chinese New Year Lifts Hong Kong Box Office by 21%

Chinese New Year Lifts Hong Kong Box Office by 21%
Hong Kong — The four day Chinese New year celebrations were a boom period for cinema-going in Hong Kong.

Box office over the period (Feb 18-21) rose by 21% according to data from Hong Kong Box Office Ltd. provided by the Motion Picture Industry Association. In four days it hit Us$8.01 million (Hk$62.1 million), compared with Us$6.59 million (Hk$51.1) million in the equivalent period last year.

The chart was headed by 3D Japanese animation “Doraemon: Stand By Me” with Us$1.62 million (Hk$12.6), ahead of “Triumph In The Skies,” a Hong Kong produced spin-off from a popular Tvb series of the same name. “Triumph earned Us$1.38 million (Hk$10.7 million). By Sunday (Feb.22 ) the two had advanced their cumulative scores to Us$2.97 million (Hk$23.0 million) and Us$2.09 million (Hk$16.2 million) respectively.

In third place – and likely to be the only title that also appears in the mainland Chinese top ten over the same period
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Fortitude episode 3 review

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If everyone in Fortitude has a secret, then is everyone guilty? Here's Michael's review of episode three...

This review contains spoilers

At some point early in the preparation of From Hell, Alan Moore’s eyes alighted on an advertisement for Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency. It was the twist he’d been looking for. ‘A holistic detective?’ he said, ‘you wouldn’t just have to solve the crime. You’d have to solve the entire world that the crime happened in.’ It’s truer of more detective fiction than you might think, especially those that are as concerned with whydunnit as they are whodunnit. One of the best examples is An Inspector Calls, which I alluded to in my review of the first episode of Fortitude, particularly in the character of Dci Morton, an outsider who appears in the wake of an unexpected death and who begins to ask
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Samantha Morton to lead BBC One's Cider with Rosie

Samantha Morton will star in BBC One's Cider with Rosie.

The Golden Globe-winning actress has been cast as Annie Lee in the adaptation of Laurie Lee's 1959 book.

Morton said: "I am thrilled to have taken on the role of Annie Lee in BBC One's adaptation of Cider with Rosie as it is one of my favourite books."

W1A's Jessica Hynes will feature as Miss Crabby, while June Whitfield will play the role of Granny Wallon.

Annette Crosbie and Billy Howle also appear, and will be joined by newcomers Archie Cox as Laurie/Lol, Ruby Ashbourne Serkis as Rosie and Emma Curtis as Maj.

Cider with Rosie follows a young Laurie Lee during and after the First World War, and follows the ups and downs of his family and first love.

The adaptation will air on BBC One in 2015, as part of the channel's classic 20th Century literature season.
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BBC’s ‘Lady Chatterley’s Lover’ Cast Includes ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Borgias’ Alums

BBC’s ‘Lady Chatterley’s Lover’ Cast Includes ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Borgias’ Alums
BBC One has announced the cast for its upcoming adaptation of “Lady Chatterley’s Lover,” the 1928 Italian romance novel by D.H. Lawrence.

Holliday Grainger, who starred in Showtime’s “The Borgias” and A&E’s recent miniseries “Bonnie & Clyde,” will play the title role, with “Game of Thrones” star Richard Madden playing gamekeeper Oliver Mellors. James Norton, who appears in BBC One’s “Happy Valley,” will play Lady Chatterley’s war-wounded husband Sir Clifford Chatterley.

The novel was considered highly controversial at the time of its publication due to its explicit sexual content, and a trial was held in Britain in 1960 to determine if the book fell under the country’s Obscene Publications Act. It appears in an episode of “Mad Men” as well, with Joan Holloway’s possession of the book causing a stir in the office due to its erotic content.

The 90-minute drama will be written and
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Lady Chatterley's Lover

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Holliday Grainger and Richard Madden are set to star in Jed Mercurio’s adaptation of Dh Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover for BBC One.The 90-minute drama which will be directed by Mercurio to air on BBC One as part of its ambitious season of classic 20th century literature next year.Holliday Grainger (represented by Troika) will play Lady Chatterley with James Norton as her war-wounded husband Sir Clifford Chatterley. Holliday played Estella in the film adaptation of Great Expectations and will shortly be seen in The Riot Club, the film adaptation of the West End play Posh, and as an ugly sister in Kenneth Branagh's Cinderella.Game of Thrones star Richard Madden (also represented by Troika) will play gamekeeper Oliver Mellors. He has also recently wrapped on Kenneth Branagh's Cinderella in which he plays Prince Charming.

Jed Mercurio, writer and director, says: “I'm hugely flattered that
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Holliday Grainger to lead the cast of BBC's Lady Chatterley's Lover

Holliday Grainger has been cast as the lead in the BBC's new adaptation of Lady Chatterley's Lover.

She will be joined by actors Richard Madden (Game of Thrones) and James Norton (Happy Valley) in Jed Mercurio's (Line of Duty) version of Dh Lawrence's iconic 20th century novel.

Grainger will play the eponymous Lady Chatterley, Madden has been cast as gamekeeper Oliver Mellors, while Norton will play Lady Chatterley's war-wounded husband Sir Clifford.

The new adaptation is a Hartswood Films production in association with Serena Cullen Productions. It will begin filming in Wales this October.

Hartswood Films executive producer Beryl Vertue said: "I am delighted to be working with Serena Cullen who developed this exciting project, and Jed's great screenplay has enabled us to attract these fine actors."

Lady Chatterley's Lover was censored for nearly 30 years after it was published in 1928. It tells the story of an
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