Guy Hamilton

Director, Film studio apprentice, Assistant director
Born and raised in France, British director Guy Harrison learned his craft as an assistant director apprenticing with the likes of Julien Duvivier ("Anna Karenina" 1948), Carol Reed ("The Fallen Idol" 1948, "Outcast of ... Read more »
Born: 09/15/1922 in Paris, FR

Filmography

Director (21)

Sauf votre respect 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins... 1985 (Movie)

(Director)

Evil Under the Sun 1982 (Movie)

(Director)

The Mirror Crack'd 1979 (Movie)

(Director)

Force 10 From Navarone 1978 (Movie)

(Director)

The Man With the Golden Gun 1974 (Movie)

(Director)

Live and Let Die 1973 (Movie)

(Director)

Diamonds Are Forever 1971 (Movie)

(Director)

Battle of Britain 1969 (Movie)

(Director)

Funeral in Berlin 1966 (Movie)

(Director)

Goldfinger 1964 (Movie)

(Director)

The Man in the Middle 1964 (Movie)

(Director)

The Best of Enemies 1960 (Movie)

(Director)

A Touch of Larceny 1959 (Movie)

(Director)

The Devil's Disciple 1958 (Movie)

(Director)

Stowaway Girl 1957 (Movie)

(Director)

Charley Moon 1956 (Movie)

(Director)

The Colditz Story 1955 (Movie)

(Director)

The Intruder 1955 (Movie)

(Director)

An Inspector Calls 1953 (Movie)

(Director)

The Party's Over (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (3)

Sauf votre respect 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Stowaway Girl 1957 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Colditz Story 1955 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Actor (1)

Dragnet 1954 (Movie)

Walker Scott (Actor)

Biography

Born and raised in France, British director Guy Harrison learned his craft as an assistant director apprenticing with the likes of Julien Duvivier ("Anna Karenina" 1948), Carol Reed ("The Fallen Idol" 1948, "Outcast of the Islands" 1951), Orson Welles ("The Third Man" 1949) and John Huston ("The African Queen" 1951). A competent craftsman, he showed early promise with "Manuela/The The Stowaway Girl" (1957) and "A Touch of Larceny" (1961), both of which he co-scripted. But time revealed him to be at his best with spy movies such as the underrated "Funeral in Berlin" (1966) and his four James Bond pictures. Hamilton helmed the superb "Goldfinger" (1964) and reteamed with Sean Connery's Bond for "Diamonds Are Forever" (1971). In 1973 and 1974, he guided Roger Moore through his paces in Moore's first attempts at playing 007 in "Live and Let Die" and "The Man with the Golden Gun". Hamilton's work in the series demonstrated clearly the director's economy and cynical wit. Following his Bond run, he tackled Agatha Christie, directing two adaptations, "The Mirror Crack'd" (1980), set in contemporary times and featuring Angela Lansbury as Miss Marple, and the period Hercule Poirot mystery "Evil Under the Sun" (1982), which featured dazzling Egyptian locations. Hamilton returned to the action genre with the pleasant, if derivative, "Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins..." (1985), with Fred Ward. For the first time in close to three decades, he co-wrote the script for his final directing project (to date), the comedy "Sauf votre respect/Try This One for Size" (1989).

Relationships

Kerima Actor

Wife

Naomi Chance Actor

Wife
Married until her death 2003

Milestones

1989

Last feature to date, "Try This One For Size"

1985

Directed "Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins...", a bubble-gum action-adventure yarn based on the popular "Destroyer" books by Richard Sapir and Warren Murphy

1982

Helmed an all-star cast in "Evil Under the Sun", adapted from a Christie Hercule Poirot novel

1980

First of two Agatha Christie adaptations, "The Mirror Crack'd", featuring Angela Lansbury as Miss Marple

1974

Fourth and last Bond picture, "The Man with the Golden Gun"

1973

Helmed first of Roger Moore's bond films "Live and Let Die"

1970

Directed Sean Connery's return to Bond in "Diamonds Are Forver"

1964

Helmed first James Bond film, "Goldfinger"

1961

Scored with ingenious comedy, "A Touch of Larceny"

1959

Took over "The Devil's Disciple" on short notice from Alexander Mackendrick

1957

Directed and co-scripted "Manuela", presenting a more penetrating view of sexual attraction than the British cinema usually allowed

1955

First screenplay credit, "The Colditz Story"; also directed

1952

Feature directing debut, "The Ringer"

1951

Assisted John Huston on "The African Queen" and Reed on "Outcast of the Islands"

1950

Served as Orson Welles' AD on "The Third Man"

1948

Was assistant director to Carol Reed on "The Fallen Idol"

1948

Reteamed with Duvivier as assistant director for Venetian location scenes of "Anna Karenina"

1940

Served in Royal Navy during WWII

1940

First credit, as fourth asssitant director on Julien Duvivier's "Untel pere et fils/The Heart of a Nation"

1939

Apprenticed at Victorine Studios in Nice

Born and raised in France

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