“Forgotten Hollywood”- The Passing of a James Bond Director

Posted on April 22, 2016 by raideoman1 | No Comments

Manny P. here… goldf_article

   Movie director Guy Hamilton (with Sean Connery and Shirley Eaton, right) guided four popular James Bond films, and raised the profile of the genre in his collaborative work with Sean Connery and Roger Moore. The Brit would direct Goldfinger, Diamonds Are Forever, Live And Let Die, and The Man with The Golden Gun. Hamilton turned down an opportunity to direct Dr. No, but accepted the Goldfinger assignment. His genius was making his villains more believable.

   Hamilton was born in Paris to British parents. His first exposure to the film industry came in 1938 when he was a clapperboard boy at the Victorine Studios in Nice. He worked for the Paramount News newsreel company in England during World War II before serving in the Navy. He got his big break in 1948 when legendary British director Carol Reed hired him as first assistant director for The Fallen Idol. Hamilton worked with Reed on The Third Man starring Orson Welles and Joseph Cotton; and with John Huston on The African Queen featuring Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn. Hamilton went on to direct several movies in the 1950s.

    Other films he created during (and after) his success with James Bond – Battle of Britain, Force 10 from Navarone, Evil Under the Sun, and Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins. Personal issues forced him to decline work on Superman: The Movie and the 1989 version of Batman.

   Guy Hamilton was 93.


   Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History has reached it’s latest milestone in sales. Over 3400 copies of paperbacks and eBooks have been purchased. Thank you to the local Cypress and La Mirada Rotary chapters, and Cypress Kiwanis for this week’s contribution. Also, the actual reason for this latest accomplishment: A person who decided to buy my book on Amazon; and then, they bought an additional book as part of the Amazon Matchbook eBook program that allows you to obtain the extra item at a discounted rate.

Forgotten Hollywood cover        3400

   My initial work is about to go into it’s 3rd Print, since I continue to sell my book at an astounding rate. This action will make the first two printings (you own), collector’s editions.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

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