British filmmaker Guy Hamilton has died aged 93. According to local news in Majorca, where he resided, he passed away at the Miramar Polyclinic yesterday (20 April).
Upon hearing the news, actor Sir Roger Moore, who worked with Hamilton on James Bond instalments Live And Let Die (1973) and The Man With The Golden Gun (1974) took to Twitter to share his respects for the filmmaker. The 88-year-old tweeted to his followers: "Incredibly, incredibly saddened to hear the wonderful director Guy Hamilton has gone to the great cutting room in the sky. 2016 is horrid."
Born in Paris, France, in 1922, Hamilton had been involved in the art of movie-making from a young age. He first experienced what it was like to work on a film set at just when he acted as a clapper board boy at the Victorine Studios in Nice. Later, around the beginning of World War II, he worked in a film library at Paramount News before serving in the Royal Navy for the remainder of the conflict.
His first directorial debut came in the form of mystery B-movie The Ringer in 1952, which told the story of a criminal master of disguise who hounds a crooked lawyer (Herbert Lom) for revenge. However, he really found fame when he joined the list of filmmakers helming the motion pictures about 007 with Goldfinger in 1964. He directed the current Bond at the time, Sean Connery, for the second time in 1971's Diamonds Are Forever, before working with Moore.
He was nominated for a Bafta for his screenplay for 1959 movie A Touch Of Larceny. His last directorial work was coincidentally all about Sir Ian Fleming's iconic secret agent, for action documentary short On Location with The Man with the Golden Gun. It featured on the DVD special features of the titular movie in 2006.
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