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Guy Hamilton celebrated at the opening of Atlántida Film Fest in Palma

The life and work of four-time Bond film director Guy Hamilton was celebrated in his adopted home in Spain courtesy of Cosme Bonet of Consell de Mallorca and the Mallorca Film Commission to help launch the Atlántida Film Fest 2017.

Hamilton was born in France but had fallen in love with Mallorca just before production commenced on the Agatha Christie thriller, Evil Under the Sun in the early Eighties. When he retired with his wife and actress, Kerima, he built a home on top of a mountain facing the sea on Port d’Andratx, and lived there until his passing on April 20, 2016, at the age of 93.

On June 27th, festivities began with Britt Ekland (Mary Goodnight from the director’s last 007 film, The Man with the Golden Gun) unveiling an Aston Martin DB5 (the same model that appeared in the director’s first 007 film Goldfinger), on exhibition in the Casa Solleric in Palma until 31st July.

Guy Hamilton A Life Behind the Scenes in Palma Mallorca
Guy Hamilton A Life Behind the Scenes in Palma Mallorca
Ekland explained her Bond memories, "I really wanted that role, I told Cubby Broccoli and I went to a casting in the States. On the way back I read in a British paper that a new Bond girl had been chosen, I was over the moon, only to find out that it was Maud Adams. I was mortified. I got home to London and Broccoli called me in, gave me the script and said ‘you’ve got the part’.” The actress went on to say, “But working with Guy taught me a lot, I had already acted in a number of big film, no less The Wicker Man, but Guy was extremely strict and I think, because of my age [32] he was a bit unsure of me. But there was never any messing about on set, although off set Roger and I got on extremely well and were always having parties and leaping into swimming pools and the like. Remember it was the 60s and 70s and cinema was very male dominated by some of the greatest male actors ever, so it was tough for women to break through and I was always a bit nervous around Guy who knew exactly what he wanted and always got the right results. He directed four Bond films on merit, he was perfect for the job and all the other great films he made."

The Swedish star reconnected with Hamilton in 2006, “But, it wasn’t until he and I went to Canada on a promotional trip [Vue sur Bond] that he finally realised that I was smart as well as a beautiful Swede,” she joked. “And from then on we were friends for life and he was always inviting me to Majorca but I lived in LA and it was not easy to pop over. But here I am today and I am extremely proud to have played a part in Guy’s wonderful life.” The car had been taken over from Germany especially for the exhibit on loan from Steffen Appel, owner of the car. Distinguished members of the international press were present while a string trio played Bond music and Belvedere Martinis, shaken not stirred, of course, were enjoyed by a thirsty crowd.

Pedro Barbadillo, Frank Hamilton, Britt Ekland, Esther Hamilton and Anders Frejdh in Palma Mallorca
Guy Hamilton A Life Behind the Scenes in Palma Mallorca
Guy Hamilton A Life Behind the Scenes in Palma Mallorca
That same evening, the film festival was launched properly at the Castell de Bellver, a castle on the hill around Palma. The opening gala featured the Chamber Film Orchestra who played Spanish versions of the music from Hamilton’s Bond film which also include Diamonds Are Forever (1971) and Live and Let Die (1973). Other music cues were from the directors non-Bond movies such as Funeral In Berlin, Force 10 From Navarone and Evil Under the Sun. Seated under the stars within the circular walls of the castle battlements, the audience were addressed by Britt Ekland repeated her sentiments expressed earlier about reuniting with Guy at the Vue sur Bond in Quebec.

Guy Hamilton Atlantida Film Fest Bellver Castillo Mallorca
Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson then appeared together on stage and Michael spoke warmly. He recalled Guy, “was asked to direct the first James Bond film, Dr. No, but he had other commitments. Finally, producers Cubby Broccoli and Harry Saltzman got Guy to do the third film, Goldfinger. Guy and the producers gathered together a dream team of professionals and that team stayed together making James Bond films for the next two decades with just a few changes. Many critics and fans think that Goldfinger is the blueprint that provides the elements necessary to make a classic James Bond film: the pre-title sequence that’s a mini story in itself, the spectacular opening credits, a memorable title number, Ken Adam sets, John Barry music, a sinister obsessed villain with a wicked sense of humour, an invincible henchman, gadgets such as the DB5 Aston Martin, exotic locations and a strong female romantic interest. Goldfinger was the first film in the Bond series to incorporate all of these elements.”

Also present was Charles ‘Jerry’ Juroe who had been Head of Publicity during the early days of EON Productions. Finally, Shakespeare-in-Love actor Joseph Fiennes took to the stage and shared a memory of his older cousin, the explorer Ranulph Fiennes, who had met with Guy to play Bond around 1970. Fiennes recalled to the audience’s amusement, his cousin had been rejected for the role for looking too much like a farmer. Joseph, of course, the younger brother of actor, Ralph Fiennes, the current M. Fiennes then presented an award from the Island Council to bestow the title Adopted Son of Mallorca posthumously to the filmmaker. The special sculpture was given Hamilton’s son, Frank, who gave an impromptu emotion-packed speech.

Guy Hamilton Homenatge Chamber Film Orchestra Castillo Mallorca
Sir Roger Moore was originally also invited to come but most sadly couldn’t due to his recent fight with cancer. But he kindly sent a message that was featured in the gala presentation which also featured many candid behind-the-scenes photos from Guy’s film productions. Ekland was full of praise for the late actor, “I beg to find anyone in this world who has a bad word to say about him. He was charming, polite, a true gentleman and a great help on set. He was also extremely amusing, always up for some fun and he and I established a lifelong relationship. I often helped him on his UNESCO [UNICEF] campaigns and we were in contact until the very end, the last time I saw him we drank champagne and laughed about our lives. I will never ever forget either of these great men who I had the wonderful privilege to have worked with and learn from.”

Sir Roger Moore letter about Guy Hamilton
The following day, June 28th, Goldfinger was screened at the Centre du Cultura in the Palma with an introduction by Pedro Barbadillo and a noted Spanish film critic to a warm reception from a packed house. The film, played with Spanish subtitles, to an appreciative audience in the Ken Adam-esque venue.

From Sweden With Love was grateful to return kindness showed to it by the late director and was happy to support the event by arranging for video and text messages commemorating the director from Oscar winning dubbing editor Norman Wanstall, and the notable members of the cast of Guy Hamilton's Diamonds Are Forever including Thumper aka actress Trina Parks, and Mr Wint and Mr Kidd themselves, Putter Smith and Bruce Glover respectively, as well as the only director to make more Bonds than Guy, John Glen. FSWL sourced and organised the appearance of the Aston Martin DB5. Frank Hamilton was appreciative, “From Sweden with Love was a fundamental part in the process leading up to the launch of the exhibition. Both Esther and I are very grateful for Anders Frejdh's efforts and assistance. It wouldn't have been possible without him.”

Steffen Appel and Anders Frejdh with the Aston Martin DB5
Media on Guy Hamilton Homenatge organised by Mallorca Film Commission

Yours truly would like to thank Ajay Chowdhury, Frank Anderson, Gernot Wolf, Hansi Zweigle, Mark Cerulli, Markus Hartmann, Stuart Kortekaas and Wolfgang Thurauf.

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27 June-2 July 2017
Guy Hamilton celebrated by Mallorca Film Commission at Atlántida

A celebration to the late British director Guy Hamilton (1922-2016), known for his James Bond films and other movie classics, will take place on the island of Mallorca during this year's Atlántida Film Fest. The filmmaker filmed, fell in love with and retired on the Spanish island.

Among the accolades, will be a photo exhibit entitled “Guy Hamilton, a Director’s Life Behind the Scenes”, with images of Mr. Hamilton directing and relaxing with his stars on his sets. The photographs were generously loaned to the organizers by the Hamilton family, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios (MGM), and EON Productions (the Bond production company). The festival will also screen some of Guy Hamilton’s films:

28 June - Goldfinger (1964)
5 July - Evil Under the Sun (1982)
12 July - Live and Let Die (1973)
19 July - The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)
26 July - Force 10 from Navarone (1978)

All screenings starts at 8pm and are organized by the Arxiu del So i l'Imatge (Mallorcan Film Library) from the Island's Council - and will be held at Centre de Cultura (Sa Nostra), C/ de la Concepció, 12 in Palma.

The opening gala for the festival will be held in the Bellver Castle overlooking Palma bay, and will include the participation of Britt Ekland, who worked with him in The Man with the Golden Gun, and FSWL founder Anders Frejdh who became a dear friend of Guy over the years and visited him several times in Mallorca. Anders comments:

"It's really great news that Mallorca Film Commission is organising a proper celebration of Guy who I know was a wonderful director and much loved and respected by his cast & crew. I really miss him and his sense of humour immensely but feel very privileged to have become friends with him."

Guy Hamilton in action during The Man with the Golden Gun at Pinewood Studios
Sir Roger Moore, who starred in two of the James Bond films directed by Guy Hamilton, was invited, and had sent a personal note to be read during the homage. The beloved British actor, who passed away on May 23 earlier this year, will be remembered at the festival events and the opening gala.

The gala will include a clips tribute and a live concert by the Chamber Film Orchestra, featuring some of the sound tracks of films directed by Mr. Hamilton, followed by a gala dinner.

Guy Hamilton was one of the most successful British directors to depict World War II and the subsequent Cold War era in film. He was born in Paris to a British diplomat, and worked for Paramount News in England before joining the Royal Navy, where he performed admirably and received several medals for his valor.

Hamilton began his film career in 1948 as an assistant for Carol Reed in “The Fallen Idol”, and the classic “The Third Man”, starring Orson Welles. He also worked as an assistant director for John Huston in another legendary production, “The African Queen”, with the great Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn.

He began directing his own productions in 1952 with “The Ringer” and went on to share the credits with some of the most important stars of the second half of the 20th century.

Hamilton directed four James Bond films: Goldfinger, Diamonds Are Forever (1971), Live and Let Die and The Man with the Golden Gun.

His World War II films are considered masterpieces of their genre, and include “The Colditz Story” (1955) with John Mills, “Funeral in Berlin” (1967) starring Michael Caine, “Battle of Britain” (1969) with the great Laurence Olivier, Trevor Howard, Christopher Plummer and Susannah York, to name a few, and “Force 10 from Navarone” (1978), with Harrison Ford in his first protagonist role.

Hamilton directed “Evil Under the Sun” (1982) in Mallorca, with Peter Ustinov, Maggie Smith and Jane Birkin as its leading protagonists.

He fell under the spell of the island, and retired in Mallorca with his wife Kerima and his son Frank. He built a home on top of a mountain facing the sea on Port d’Andratx, and lived there until his passing on April 20, 2016, at the age of 93. A proposal has been made to the Island Council to bestow the title of “Adopted Son of Mallorca” posthumously to the filmmaker.

The homage to Guy Hamilton is organised by the Mallorca Film Commission, in the frame of the convention of collaboration between the Foundation Mallorca Tourism of the Council of Mallorca and the ATB of the Government of the Balearic Islands.

Guy Hamilton celebration at Atlantida Film Fest 2017

For updates and the latest news on Atlántida Film Fest in Mallorca, visit the official website.



20 APRIL 2016

FSWL is extremely sad to report yet another passing of a cherished member of the 'James Bond family' and a very dear friend & supporter of this website. Legendary film director Guy Hamilton (born in Paris on 16th September 1922) who directed four of the most classic Bond films (Goldfinger (1964), Diamonds Are Forever, Live and Let Die and The Man with the Golden Gun) has died at the age of 93. We send our deepest condolences to his stepson and the rest of Guy's family and thank him for his HUGE contribution to the 007 phenomenon.

"You can't really change the formula, you can merely try to film it your way."
Guy Hamilton [on the Bond film series]

So far 2016 has been a terrible year for the Bond world as Hamilton’s death comes soon after losing iconic production designer Ken Adam (1921-2016).

FSWL founder Anders Frejdh comments:
"Totally devastated to hear about the passing of Guy who I last visited just over a year ago at his home in Mallorca. He was, and forever will be, someone I am always in debt to as he graciously supported From Sweden With Love all the way from its early days on the web in 2004. Miss him, his wit, kindness and friendship already more than I can explain. Last spoke to him in February. Shortly thereafter he fell, broke his hip and became hospitalised. When I spoke to his stepson two weeks ago he was recuperating well but most sadly declined in health after that. Rest in peace my friend, you will forever remain in my heart as one of nicest people I have ever met."

Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli (current James Bond producers) commented via the official website (
"We mourn the loss of our dear friend Guy Hamilton who firmly distilled the Bond formula in his much celebrated direction of Goldfinger and continued to entertain audiences with Diamonds Are Forever, Live and Let Die and The Man with the Golden Gun. We celebrate his enormous contribution to the Bond films."

And Roger Moore (James Bond in two of Guy's 007 films) via Twitter:
"Incredibly, incredibly saddened to hear the wonderful director Guy Hamilton has gone to the great cutting room in the sky. 2016 is horrid."

Friends and colleagues who left a comment for FSWL of the beloved director:
"Guy for me - set the compass for Bond, indeed Harry and Cubby were talent seekers and promoters, think of Maurice Binder (who could be credited with creating the music video genre and designer of the Bond logo) - and Ken Adams as the style and scene Meister of James Bond and you have the secret key to the formula, the 007 Trinity. I easily imagine Harry and Cubby at a onset table somewhere, pasta's on the boil the setting and Maurice is impatiently waiting his turn and then Harry tells a joke and Maurice laughs in his unique cadence and Ken swirls his cognac in a large snifter, drawing deeply on his Monte Cristo and then Guy calls "Cut!" ... it's only a Scene from a movie ... God, how fortunate we were to be able to consider these passionate people part of our Bond family!" – Steven Saltzman (son of Harry Saltzman)

"Very sad news about Guy. A true British gentleman and one of the Bond originals. Of his four Bonds my favourite was Goldfinger. What a fantastic movie. Janine and I spent a very enjoyable weekend with Guy in Paris a couple of years ago and got to know him really well. He told us some very amusing stories of his escapades in the Navy during the Second World War. Because of his fluent French he was engaged in landing agents in Brittany and on one occasion was stranded there when his boat had to leave suddenly.
My first encounter with Guy was in 1947 when he was assistant to Carol Reed on The Third Man and I was a lowly assistant editor." – John Glen (Director of five James Bond films)

"I am so sorry that Peter Janson-Smith's death has been followed so quickly by Guy Hamilton. I got to know him originally when I was in my teens because his mother lived in our village."
Andrew Lycett (Ian Fleming biographer)

"The GREAT GUY HAMILTON !!! I'm an Actor with lots of IDEAS and for each one he would say to me, 'All right, show me.' I would, then he'd say, 'All right now show him.' By "him" he meant the terrific crusty old Aussie D.P. [who shot the film] I'd do it again and the DP would always chuckle and say, 'AYUP', Guy would then say , 'All right lets shoot it.' THANK YOU GUY !!! He let me bring in the FUNNY to Diamonds [Are Forever] "The funniest BOND film moment ever" according to Sir Roger Moore (Thank you SIR.) was the final MR. WINT - OOOH moment as the kindly SEAN lifts up his "YAA – HAA" [and flips him over the side of the ship!] The first gift GUY gave me was after I'd been given the part of one of the 2 GAY killers , the 1st time in film history that 2 guys were clearly identified as GAY, I asked GUY to not tell which one I'd be playing. He said, 'Really, why?' He'd never auditioned [me] but he had an instinct for me and casting in general - like seeing that Putter [Smith] should be one of the guys. I answered 'I don't know why, [AND I DIDN'T] I just don't want to know.' He agreed and made sure NOBODY including Putter told me that I was Mr. Wint. There I was on the desert set outside of VEGAS two hours before my 1st time on CAM and I still didn't KNOW. Bold crazy move on my part CRAZY CRAZY CRAZY !!!! That's me. THANKS GUY!!!
Bruce Glover (Diamonds Are Forever)

"The brave and kind Guy Hamilton impacted my life in an unforeseen way. He came to see Thelonious Monk at Shelley Manne's jazz club in Hollywood during the casting of Diamonds Are Forever (I was playing with the great pianist)
When Guy, whom everyone on the set called 'the Guv' or 'Guv', asked me to be in the film I was flabbergasted. I had to say yes even though acting had NEVER crossed my mind. Guv was kind and helpful and got me through with the help of my wife.
I am very grateful to the Guv. And I still feel unworthy of accolades and requests for autographs since I did nothing to earn what happened - it's like someone congratulating your financial wisdom for having won the lottery." – Putter Smith (Mr. Kidd in Diamonds Are Forever)

"RIP Guy Hamilton, a great Director and a lovely man!" – John Richardson (SFX maestro and son of Cliff Richardson who Guy also worked with)

"I am saddened, devastated and will never forget the friendship and kindness given by the wonderful Guy Hamilton. Diamonds and Guy ... are forever ... Damn damn damn!
Direct something wonderful in heaven. Rest vibrant man."
Lana Wood (Plenty O'Toole in Diamonds Are Forever)

"Very sad news. A very good director. RIP, Mr. Nice Guy. You were a Gentleman in our business."
Terry Mountain (Blofeld guard in Diamonds Are Forever)

"So sad ... RIP Guy Hamilton." – Caron Gardner (Flying Circus Pilot in Goldfinger)

"I was so honored to have worked with Guy. God Bless his Soul!" – Trina Parks (Thumper in Diamonds Are Forever)

"I am so very sorry to hear about Guy Hamilton. Both he and Roger were absolute gentle men who transformed my life over 3 blissful days." – Madeline Smith (Miss Caruso in Live and Let Die)

About Guy Hamilton:
Guy Hamilton was born in Paris, France where his English parents were living at the time. Remaining in France during the Nazi occupation, he was active in the French Resistance. After the end of the war, he started to work as an assistant to Carol Reed on films including The Fallen Idol (1948) and The Third Man (1949), before turning to directing with his first film The Ringer (1952). He worked on a total of 36 films (22 as director) from the 1940s to the 1980s, including four instalments based on the James Bond novels by Ian Fleming.

Hamilton was one of many directors who turned down Dr. No (1962) but eventually entered the series after Terence Young's departure from Goldfinger. He left during pre-production of The Spy Who Loved Me (1977).

Actors and actresses from the Bond films remember working with Guy:

"As I recall, the actor who was to be Hamilton got sick or for some reason could not keep the commitment. Roger asked Guy, 'Why not let Bob do it', and Guy agreed I should play Hamilton."
Bob Dix (Live and Let Die)

"At the time, I was very frightened of Guy as he was a very precise and demanding director, but, having met him in recent years to talk about the Bond film I must say he is a fabulous man, and certainly not someone I had to be scared of." – Britt Ekland (Mary Goodnight in The Man with the Golden Gun)

"He knew what he wanted and I hope I gave him what he asked of me. Directing Bond is probably less about the actors and more about the overall pace and style of the film. Guy was a veteran director who knew his stuff." – David Hedison (Felix Leiter in Live and Let Die)

"Guy is beyond adorable! He let me do whatever I wanted with my character, was fun to be around. And I recall he and his wife were robbed in Las Vegas while they slept!" – Lana Wood

"Guy Hamilton was generous in how much you were allowed to stray even slightly from the written script. But you didn’t try to do it too often." – Shane Rimmer (Tom in Diamonds Are Forever)

Hamilton was originally chosen to direct Superman in 1978, but due to his status as a tax exile he was only allowed to be in England for thirty days, where production had moved at the last minute to Pinewood Studios. The job of director was then passed to Richard Donner, but Hamilton insisted he'd be paid in full. Guy put the money to good use, building a beautiful house on the idyllic island of Mallorca!

In the 1980s, Guy Hamilton was also approached to direct Batman (1989) after producer Michael Uslan imagined that Batman would be a franchise in the 007 mould. According to Bruce Scivally, author of Billion Dollar Batman, Uslan said they "had some talks" with Hamilton, but producers Peter Guber and Jon Peters were thinking of a more comedic approach and went to Ivan Reitman, then Joe Dante, who said yes, but eventually dropped out because he "just didn't believe in it." That was in 1984, and the project went through many other hands before Tim Burton took it on.

After retiring from the film business in the early 1990's, Guy enjoyed playing golf (a sport he introduced Sean Connery to for the filming of Goldfinger) and contributed to a variety of literature including the forward to On the Tracks of 007 (published in 2008) by FSWL contributor Martijn Mulder. The introduction for the official programme to the 50th Anniversary celebration of Goldfinger in Oslo 2014, and several hours being interviewed for Some Kind Of Hero: The Remarkable Story of the James Bond films (2012) written by FSWL contributors Ajay Chowdhury & Matthew Field. Guy also attended many Bond events such as the spectacular Vue sur Bond in Canada (hosted by Hilary Saltzman, daughter of Harry) that FSWL was most fortunate to attend as well.

Guy is survived by his stepson Frank. His wife of many years, Keri, passed away in July 2014. (Before Keri, he was married to actress Naomi Chance.)

A selection of Guy Hamilton's other films: (IMDB profile)
• The Intruder (1953)
• An Inspector Calls (1954)
• The Colditz Story (1955) (which he also co-wrote)
• Charley Moon (1956)
• Manuela (1957)
• A Touch of Larceny (1959)
• The Devil's Disciple (1959)
• The Best of Enemies (1962)
• Man in the Middle (1963)
• The Party's Over (1965)
Funeral in Berlin (1966, produced by Harry Saltzman)
Battle of Britain (1969, with Curd Jürgens and Robert Shaw among others, also produced by Harry Saltzman)
Force 10 from Navarone (1978, with Robert Shaw, Barbara Bach, Edward Fox and Richard Kiel)
• The Mirror Crack'd (1980)
• Evil under the Sun (1982)
• Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins (1985)
• Try this One for Size (1989)

Click here to listen to film director Guy Hamilton discuss the ingredients of a successful Bond movie and looks back at a career that started with his apprenticeship in the French film business at the age of 17. The director maintains that, in his opinion, although the Bond films defy the formulaic, one of the golden rules in their production is to put the money up on the screen, particularly with the sets and stunts, which should look as expensive and spectacular as possible. His take on Bond is that the secret agent is a Latter-day Saint George, albeit a lecherous one, and the villains he faces represent the dragon.

Other obituaries of Guy Hamilton:
>BBC News (21-4-2016)
>British Film Institute (21-4-2016)
>Daily Mail (21-4-2016)
>Empire (21-4-2016)
>Hollywood Reporter (21-4-2016)
>The Independent (21-4-2016)
>Telegraph (21-4-2016)
>The Guardian (21-4-2016)
>Variety (21-4-2016)

Editor's note:
For other James Bond directors featured on From Sweden with Love, click here.

Photo above:
Guy Hamilton in Mallorca. Photo by Anders Frejdh. © 2016 From Sweden with Love.

More information about Guy Hamilton's fabulous career in films on Screen Online:



28 APRIL 2009

Guy Hamilton in conversation with Janice Forsyth at King's College Conference Centre in Aberdeen, Scotland.

Having worked as Assistant Director on two of the classic films in cinema history, Carol Reed's The Third Man (1949) starring Orson Welles, and John Huston's The African Queen (1951) with Katherine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart, Guy Hamilton went on to direct four James Bond films, including GOLDFINGER (1964) and DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER (1971) starring Sean Connery, and LIVE AND LET DIE (1973) and THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN (1974) starring Roger Moore. He also directed one of the foremost Cold War thrillers, Funeral in Berlin (1966) starring Michael Caine.

His other films include An Inspector Calls (1954) with Alastair Sim, The Colditz Story (1955) with John Mills, and Battle of Britain (1969) starring Laurence Olivier and Susannah York.

Guy Hamilton will be interviewed by BBC Movie Cafe presenter, Janice Forsyth.

Editor's note:
For other Bond related news presented on From Sweden with Love, click here.

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