Tuesday, August 03, 2010

"As long as the Collars and cuff match!" - Tom Mankiewicz RIP

I regret to announce the passing of screenwriter Tom Mankiewicz known for adapting [and in many cases ignoring] Ian Fleming's James Bond for the silver screen.

Mankiewicz first came to prominence in the '70's and became involved with the James Bond franchise when asked to write Diamonds are Forever. He then followed with the screenplays for Live and Let Die and The Man with the Golden Gun. He also took an uncredited script doctoring position on The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker.

Mankiewicz also adapted Jack Higgins novel The Eagle has Landed and among his other work after leaving the Bond franchise was Superman and even Superman 2 despite having what he himself called "a hate/hate relationship" with it's producers.

Mankiewicz was no stranger to television as he helped Sidney Sheldon create the smarmiest detectives in the history of Television - Jennifer and Jonathan Hart for Hart to Hart in 1979 and stayed with the show several years writing two but directing more than a dozen episodes.

He died Saturday, July 31, at his Los Angeles home aged 68 from cancer.

Source: Vaughan / IMDB

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