A telegram from Ian Fleming in September 1959 reveals
James Bond's creator wanted Alfred Hitchcock to direct
the first 007 movie...
Fleming Letters: Hitchcock
16th May 2012
Alfred Hitchcock could have directed the first
James Bond film had 007's creator Ian
Fleming had his
wish. Whilst plans for Xanadu Films to produce the first
silver screen adaptation of his super spy were picking
up speed, Fleming telegrammed his friend and fellow novelist
1959 to suggest Hitchcock as his preferred choice to helm.
The famed British director turned them down, and Fleming turned
the treatment in to the novel, 'Thunderball',
which would spark a series of legal battles. EON Productions
swooped in to option
the series, minus 'Casino
Royale', and chose to produce "Dr.
first in 1962.
ERIC AMBLER 106420 TARANTA WAY LOS ANGELES
PROHITCH STOP HAVE WRITTEN BOND MOVIE TREATMENT FEATURING
MAFIA STOLEN ATOMIC BOMBER BLACKMAIL OF ENGLAND CULMINATING
NASSAU WITH EXTENSIVE UNDERWATER DRAMATICS STOP THIS
FOR MY FRIEND IVAR BRYCES XANADU FILMS LIMITED WHICH
RECENTLY COMPLETED BOY AND BRIDGE ENGLANDS CHOICE FOR
VENICE FESTIVAL BUT BLASTED BY CRITICS AND FLOP AT CURZON
THOUGH NOW DOING EXCELLENTLY ON PRERELEASE RANK CIRCUIT
STOP PRODUCER KEVIN MCCLORY STOP WOULD HITCHCOCK BE INTERESTED
IN DIRECTING THIS FIRST BOND FILM IN ASSOCIATION WITH
XANADU QUERY PLENTIFUL FINANCE AVAILABLE STOP THIS PURELY
OLD BOY WAVE ENQUIRY WITHOUT INVOLVEMENT BUT THINK WE
MIGHT ALL HAVE A WINNER PARTICULARLY IF YOU WERE CONCEIVABLY
INTERESTED IN SCRIPTING
REGARDEST IAN FLEMING
Thanks to Letters of Note and Naomi Ashley.