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Classic James Bond Directors: 4 Filmmakers Who Stand Out

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James Bond is a charming, powerful, and alluringly dangerous character. To bring such a man and his many adventures as Agent 007 to the big screen is no easy feat, but these four directors did him great justice through their film adaptations of some of his greatest missions.

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1. Terence Young

Working with Sean Connery as Agent 007, Terence Young directed "Dr. No" (1962), "From Russia with Love" (1963), and "Thunderball" (1965). According to Internet Movie Database, he developed a distinct style for his Bond films, combining great technical knowledge, witty dialogue, and a healthy dose of the tempting character for which James Bond is famous with fast-paced, action-packed plots. These three films were his most successful, and he noted "From Russia with Love" as his personal favorite.

2. Guy Hamilton

One of the most prolific classic James Bond directors, Guy Hamilton worked on "Goldfinger" (1964), "Diamonds are Forever" (1971), "Live and Let Die" (1973), and "The Man With the Golden Gun" (1974). Though he was given the chance to work on what turned out to be Young's 1962 hit, "Dr. No," he took up the challenge of "Goldfinger" just three years later to great success, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts reports. His unique combination of humor, sex, and action set the stage for many of the later James Bond films.

3. Lewis Gilbert

Perhaps the director to offer the most change to what had, by then, become the James Bond trope, Lewis Gilbert started his Bond career with 1967's "You Only Live Twice." By the time he was set as director for "The Spy Who Loved Me" in 1977, BFI Screenonline notes, he recognized that the James Bond franchise would have to adapt to society's changing feelings about gender norms and so suggested that women in the film be just as strong and courageous as their male counterparts. Rounding up his career as a Bond director with 1979's "Moonraker," Gilbert left a lasting mark on the franchise overall and its main character.

4. John Glen

Serving as director for more Bond films than anyone else, John Glen directed all of the Bond films that came out in the 1980s: "For Your Eyes Only" (1981), "Octopussy" (1983), "A View to a Kill" (1985), "The Living Daylights" (1987), and "License to Kill" (1989). He was involved with even more James Bond films starting in 1969, serving as a director for action sequences and editor on several different occasions, according to NOW Toronto. A major player in the development of a number of classic James Bond films, Glen helped grow the series into the action icon that it is today.

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