Guy Hamilton, James Bond Movie Director, Dies at 93

British filmmaker directed iconic entries in spy franchise like “Goldfinger” and “Man with the Golden Gun”

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Guy Hamilton, the British director best known for directing four films in the “James Bond” franchise, died on Wednesday at age 93.

Sir Roger Moore, who worked with Hamilton on the Bond films “Live and Let Die” and “The Man with the Golden Gun,” tweeted the news early Thursday.

“Incredibly, incredibly saddened to hear the wonderful director Guy Hamilton has gone to the great cutting room in the sky,” he wrote. “2016 is horrid.”

Hamilton died at a Spanish hospital on the island of Majorca, BBC reported. He was born in 1922 in Paris, and attended school in England. He then began working at a French studio as an assistant, eventually working his way up to director.

His first film, “The Ringer,” came out in 1952. Hamilton went on to direct nearly one film a year for the next 10 years. His most well known work, however, came in 1964 with the release of “Goldfinger” starring Sean Connery. The two would work together again on another Bond film, “Diamonds Are Forever.”

Hamilton’s other films include “The Battle of Britain,” “Force 10 from Navarone” and “Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins.” He was reportedly in the running to direct the first “Superman” film with Christopher Reeve, but when Marlon Brando insisted the film shoot in England, Hamilton had to drop out as he was a tax exile from the country.