This is a blog about the books, film and world of British thriller and spy novel author Len Deighton, writer of The Ipcress File, Funeral in Berlin, SS-GB, Bomber, Berlin Game and many other books. This blog also covers the spy thriller genre and the Cold War more widely. It is a companion website to the main Deighton Dossier archive (link on the right). It is the only website + blog endorsed by the author himself! Content (c) Rob Mallows 2008-22 unless otherwise stated.
Saturday, 24 January 2015
Pinterest page set up
You'll find the page here. If you want to pin anything to it, go ahead.
Monday, 19 January 2015
How to save money on your film production .... part 1
A short anecdote from my recent lunch with Len in London.
We had discussed the production of The Ipcress File and how it was kept to budget.
He recalled that on the call sheets for each days production that the white MGB that Nigel Greene drives in the film was his own; the Jaguar that Gordon Jackson drives was his own too; the Zodiac driven by Michael Caine was owned by a ‘Mrs Moss’; and the limo in which Dr Radcliffe is driven to Marylebone Station at the beginning of the film was Alex Paal’s Bentley (Alex Paal was a Hungarian producer and former stills photographer once married to Eva Bartok, a friend of Alex Korda and of Harry Saltzman)
That's a good trick for budding producers to learn. Don't money wasted on hired ‘action vehicles’ - use the cast's or friends'.
Monday, 5 January 2015
Whole load of videos now up on the main site
film pages on the film section of the main Deighton Dossier website. Thought it was worthwhile collating these all together on the website so that interested readers could check them out. They include:
- A Yorkshire TV promo for Game, Set & Match
- Ray Hawkey's title sequence for Oh! What a Lovely War
- The trailer for The Ipcress File and opening sequence for same
- The trailer for Billion Dollar Brain
- A trailer for Only When I Larf, among others
Enjoy. If you know of any others which should be linked to, add them in the comments. Hope to be adding soon snippets from 'The Truth About Len Deighton' and maybe some key scenes from G, S & M.
Thursday, 1 January 2015
New additions to the main Deighton Dossier website
|Hawkey's SS-GB stamps|
- A whole new section on what collectors of Len Deighton's books should know (incomplete)
- A new gallery of rare Ipcress File film posters
- A new gallery with rare examples of Len Deighton's work as an illustrator
- More background information on Deighton's connection to the world of Bond, including a .pdf of his Warship script which transformed into Never Say Never Again
- A new section on the music associated with the films of Deighton's works
- Galleries of some rare items of interest to collectors:
- The Assassination of President Kennedy
- Pictures of the rare 'Hitler stamps' designed by Ray Hawkey for SS-GB
- The contents of the secret dossier laid in with An Expensive Place to Die
There's plenty more that's been updated and improved - hope readers find it interesting.
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