Veteran film director Guy Hamilton, who played a big role in the James Bond franchise, has died. Hamilton reportedly died Wednesday at a hospital in Majorca, Spain. He was 93.
Hamilton directed a total of 22 movies in a career spanning four decades. He was at the helm of four Bond films, starting with “Goldfinger” in 1964 — the movie many James Bond fans name as the best in the series.
With Hamilton behind the cameras, the franchise made the transition from the Sean Connery era to Roger Moore. Hamilton followed up on “Goldfinger” by directing the Bond movies “Diamonds Are Forever” (1971), “Live and Let Die” (1973) and “The Man With the Golden Gun” (1974).
Moore, who played Bond in the latter two movies, responded to news of Hamilton’s death with a tweet saying he was “incredibly, incredibly saddened to hear the wonderful director Guy Hamilton has gone to the great cutting room in the sky. 2016 is horrid.”
Hamilton’s other films included “The Battle of Britain,” “Force 10 From Navarone” and “The Mirror Crack’d.”
Here’s a clip from “Goldfinger” that you may remember …