|Born||Valmond Maurice Guest
11 December 1911
Maida Vale, London, England
|Died||10 May 2006
Palm Springs, California, United States
|Occupation||Film director, screenwriter|
|Spouse(s)||Violet Johnson (known as Pat Watson, 1935â€“c.1954)
Yolande Donlan (1954â€“2006)
|Awards||Best British Screenplay
1961 The Day the Earth Caught Fire
Well, yes, as I was a rather bad actor then and I wasn't making enough money, I thought, to make enough money to not make money as an actor, I'd better do some writing.
Well, The Day the Earth Caught Fire was a story… I don't if anybody knows what it is but it was about… in the early days of testing nuclear bombs, that Russia and America happened to test a nuclear bomb at the same moment at different ends of the earth.
Now, I'll tell you something that might interest you. Casino Royale was the first Bond book that Ian Fleming ever wrote. And he couldn't get anybody to touch it, to publish it – he couldn't do anything about it at all. Nobody wanted to know.
I used to write bits and pieces of comedy material for various comics that were at the Windmill… as well as my film job, I was under contract, I was allowed to do that and everything.
I wrote Murder at the Windmill. And it was accepted and we made it and it was the first film I made with Danny Angel, well the only film I actually made… I made a lot of it at the Windmill itself.
Oh, yes, we were on location with Another Man's Poison, which I wrote for Bette Davis.
At those times I got into… I suppose you call it a rut. I used to do comedy, comedy, comedy and I suddenly thought I ought to break away from this somehow.
No, we didn't shoot… in the ones that I did there were hardly any sex… there were suggestions of sex scenes but we never actually shot a sex scene as such.
And he said that he wrote the Bond character based on the character of David Niven. That's how he saw Bond.
We worked solidly for a long time together. George Marriott Edgar and myself.
And then she finally said yes. And we have been married, I want you to know, for 51 years.
I don't know how we had about eighteen international stars in it, all playing James Bond.
Yes, The Persuaders, that was great fun because one of my favourite actors is Roger Moore.