Mini Bio (1)
He was originally hired to direct Superman
(1978), when the film was scheduled to film in Italy. Marlon Brando
refused to work in Italy and insisted the production be moved to England. For this and other reasons the production was moved to England, and Hamilton, a “tax exile” who he could only be in England for thirty days a year, had to drop out and was replaced by Richard Donner
After leaving the armed forces at the end of World War II, Guy Hamilton entered the film industry in a very lowly capacity, but worked his way up very quickly. By the time he was in his mid-20s, he was regarded as the foremost first assistant director in British films, working with the top British director of the time, Sir Carol Reed, and also John Huston. He became a director himself at the age of thirty.
Personal Quotes (4)
On directing several of the James Bond pictures: “One of the rules with the Bond pictures is that you’re not allowed to have a leading lady who can act – because we can’t afford them….If ever we were to have a real leading lady, the next time around we’d have to find another one. And in no time at all we’d have to have, oh, Jane Fonda for $2 million and up.”
A lot of 007’s appeal, let’s face it, stems from his doings with the ladies. So, find the ladies and we’ve won half the battle.
The trick, I discovered, was not to be an assistant director, but to be the director’s assistant. There are certain things the director is not interested in doing and you have to cover for those, while watching very carefully for the things he cares passionately about. In this way, you become very valuable to him, because you sense his needs.