Guy Hamilton (1922 – 2016)
Born in France, Guy Hamilton was a household name of British cinema, having directed The Colditz Story in 1955. A number of hugely successful films followed, amongst them Goldfinger, the seminal third James Bond film, Funeral in Berlin, Battle of Britain and Force 10 from Navarone. Having directed three further Bond films in succession –Diamonds Are Forever, Live and Let Die (which introduced Roger Moore as 007 in 1973) and The Man with the Golden Gun – he turned his hand and eye to Agatha Christie thrillers – The Mirror Crack’d and Evil Under the Sun – at a time (the early 1980s) when relatively few big British films were being made. Earlier in his career Guy worked as an Assistant Director and served three times with director Carol Reed, including on The Third Man (1949).