Guy Hamil­ton, 1922-2016

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - News -

Guy Hamil­ton, who di­rected four Bond movies in­clud­ing Goldfin­ger, which set the tem­plate for the en­tire 007 se­ries, has died at the age of 93. Born in Paris in 1922 to Bri­tish par­ents, he en­tered the film in­dus­try in 1938. Af­ter serv­ing in the Royal Navy dur­ing World War II, he re­turned to film, di­rect­ing his first fea­ture, The Ringer, in 1952. He showed a par­tic­u­lar affin­ity for di­rect­ing ac­tion, which led to him be­ing of­fered (but turn­ing down) Dr No in 1962. But he was in charge for

Goldfin­ger in 1964, even com­ing up with the idea of re­volv­ing num­ber­plates on the As­ton Martin DB5. ‘I was get­ting a lot of park­ing tick­ets at the time and I thought it would be mar­vel­lous to jug­gle the num­ber plate.’ His step­son re­put­edly came up with the ejec­tor seat con­cept. He later helmed Di­a­monds are For­ever (1971), Live and Let Die (1973) and The Man with the Golden Gun (1974).

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