Agatha Christie & Ian Fleming
Agatha Christie & Ian Fleming
Agatha & Ian
Agatha Christie & Ian Fleming by ALAN NAFZGER
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- Ian Fleming won the Eaton College winner of the game’s championship (most points) in 1925 and 1927. He missed winning in 1926 at about the time Agatha Christie went missing.
- She was married to an athletic man, enjoyed sports and said on a number of occasions that she preferred an athletic sort of man.
- Her car was found only 36 miles from Eaton where Ian Fleming would just about to be released for the Christmas holidays.
- If she walked from the car to the nearest train station and taken the first train, she would have been in Winsor in time for one of the Saturday games that Ian Fleming participated in.
- She had a character named “James Bond,” thirty years before he wrote about any 007 spy named James Bond. Perhaps they had a conversation about writing and daring male characters?
AGATHA & IAN
Agatha Christie & Ian Fleming
Agatha Christie & Ian Fleming Written by Alan Nafzger
SUPER: April 1926 – Sunningdale, United Kingdom
INT. OFFICE – Sunningdale – SUBURBAN LONDON – DAY
It’s a man’s office. There are models of a Sopwith Camel and a Fokker DR 1. There are medals in a case. Some framed World War I photographs of the man of the house. On a wall is a map of Europe. In the corner of the room is a set of golf clubs. On the desk, there is a typewriter, notepad and a newspaper. Above the fold: SKULL CRUSHED AND THROAT SLASHED – Body Found By Husband.
AGATHA (34) is typing. We see a finished stack of paper an inch high. The doorbell rings but Agatha continues to type. CHARLOTTE, secretary and nanny, lightly approaches the open door. She lightly knocks on the frame. It’s bad news. Charlotte puts the telegram on the desk and quietly backs out of the room. LILLY the housemaid pretends to dust in the hall, so she can judge the reaction.
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AGATHA reads the telegram and weeps. She sighs and looks at the map of Europe, ZOOM in on Spain.
INT. TRAIN COMPARTMENT – DAY
Agatha looks despondent as she rides the train with ROSALIND (7). Rosalind shows a bit of a spark looking out the window, but she’s also sad. Pull back and the entire car is dressed in black.
INT. Ealing Broadway TRAIN STATION – London– DAY
Agatha, Rosalind, friends and family deboard the train and they watch the casket being loaded onto a hearse.
INT. STREETS OF Ealing – London– DAY
The funeral procession slowly proceeds from the train station to the cemetery. Traffic stops and the men tip their hats and everyone bows.
INT. GRAVESIDE – South Ealing Cemetery – London – DAY
Rosalind cries and Agatha silently consoles her.
GRAVESTONE: Wife of Frederick Alvah Miller. I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and giver of life.
INT. SMALL BEDROOM – Sunningdale – DAY
Agatha lays despondent on the bed. She looks at the typewriter, she looks at ARCHIE (35). Archie looks through the window outside. Charlotte is tutoring Rosalind with flash cards. A; Rosalind runs and brings back an apple. C; Rosalind brings back a cat. Rosalind accepts the death of her grandmother.
Something snaps and Agatha gets up and types.
INT. DOCTOR’s OFFICE – LONDON – DAY
Archie enters. A doctor has been interviewing Agatha. Neither show any emotions.
Your wife was very close to her mother. Naturally, things are difficult for her.
I don’t know if I can be much help.
I’ve seen it before.
She has a history of this? I wasn’t told this.
No, I saw it in and after the War. Chaps, widows.
And you feel awkward around it?
I have a certain dislike for illness, death, actually trouble of any kind.
Archie tries to make a joke of nearly everything.
He was in the war and has had his fair share of trouble. And now he has me.
I suggested travelling, a vacation in Spain. It might be fun. A distraction.
I think I need to be with my sorrow and get used to it.
She must have rest, and things will, in time, right themselves.
INT. Ashfield HOUSE – Torquay – DEVON – DAY
Agatha is clearing out the memories at her childhood home. Still in black, she’s packing clothes and personal items. She starts to lose her senses. She keeps looking at her mother’s copy of Thomas à Kempis’s The Imitation of Christ by her bedside; it’s the only item that Agatha takes as hers.
Beethoven’s 5th piano is the most powerful (or angry) music and Agatha plays it on her mother’s old piano.
EXT. Ashfield HOUSE – Torquay – DEVON – APRIL
Archie is shocked at Agatha’s appearance when she rushes to meet his car. She looks tense and in extremely poor health.
She hugs him but he’s emotionally withdrawn. Rather than kiss Agatha, he turns his back and takes two suitcases.
Charlotte has packed you some things.
Darling. I missed you so. Mother is dead.
Yes. I’m sorry. Well, the roses look nice.
Spring is so nice here.
It’s the sheltered position.
There’s nowhere better to be than Devon in spring!
I’m glad you are here, finally.
Fancy a river cruise?
You seem strange.
Agatha Christie & Ian Fleming
Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie, Lady Mallowan, DBE (née Miller; 15 September 1890 – 12 January 1976) was an English writer known for her 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections, particularly those revolving around fictional detectives Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. She also wrote the world’s longest-running play, The Mousetrap, which was performed in the West End from 1952 to 2020, as well as six novels under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott. In 1971, she was made a Dame (DBE) for her contributions to literature. Guinness World Records lists Christie as the best-selling fiction writer of all time, her novels having sold more than two billion copies.
Christie was born into a wealthy upper-middle-class family in Torquay, Devon, and was largely home-schooled. She was initially an unsuccessful writer with six consecutive rejections, but this changed in 1920 when The Mysterious Affair at Styles, featuring detective Hercule Poirot, was published. Her first husband was Archibald Christie; they married in 1914 and had one child before divorcing in 1928. During both World Wars, she served in hospital dispensaries, acquiring a thorough knowledge of the poisons which featured in many of her novels, short stories, and plays. Following her marriage to archaeologist Max Mallowan in 1930, she spent several months each year on digs in the Middle East and used her first-hand knowledge of his profession in her fiction.
According to Index Translationum, she remains the most-translated individual author. Her novel And Then There Were None is one of the top-selling books of all time, with approximately 100 million copies sold. Christie’s stage play The Mousetrap holds the world record for the longest initial run. It opened at the Ambassadors Theatre in the West End of London on 25 November 1952, and by September 2018 there had been more than 27,500 performances. The play was closed down in March 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic.
In 1955, Christie was the first recipient of the Mystery Writers of America‘s Grand Master Award. Later that year, Witness for the Prosecution received an Edgar Award for best play. In 2013, she was voted the best crime writer and The Murder of Roger Ackroyd the best crime novel ever by 600 professional novelists of the Crime Writers’ Association. In September 2015, And Then There Were None was named the “World’s Favourite Christie” in a vote sponsored by the author’s estate. Most of Christie’s books and short stories have been adapted for television, radio, video games, and graphic novels. More than 30 feature films are based on her work.
Ian Lancaster Fleming (28 May 1908 – 12 August 1964) was a British writer, journalist and naval intelligence officer who is best known for his James Bond series of spy novels. Fleming came from a wealthy family connected to the merchant bank Robert Fleming & Co., and his father was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Henley from 1910 until his death on the Western Front in 1917. Educated at Eton, Sandhurst, and, briefly, the universities of Munich and Geneva, Fleming moved through several jobs before he started writing.
While working for Britain’s Naval Intelligence Division during the Second World War, Fleming was involved in planning Operation Goldeneye and in the planning and oversight of two intelligence units, 30 Assault Unit and T-Force. His wartime service and his career as a journalist provided much of the background, detail and depth of the James Bond novels.
Fleming wrote his first Bond novel, Casino Royale, in 1952. It was a success, with three print runs being commissioned to cope with the demand. Eleven Bond novels and two collections of short stories followed between 1953 and 1966. The novels revolve around James Bond, an officer in the Secret Intelligence Service, commonly known as MI6. Bond is also known by his code number, 007, and was a commander in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. The Bond stories rank among the best-selling series of fictional books of all time, having sold over 100 million copies worldwide. Fleming also wrote the children’s story Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang and two works of non-fiction. In 2008, The Times ranked Fleming 14th on its list of “The 50 greatest British writers since 1945″.
Fleming was married to Ann Charteris, who was divorced from the second Viscount Rothermere because of her affair with the author. Fleming and Charteris had a son, Caspar. Fleming was a heavy smoker and drinker for most of his life and succumbed to heart disease in 1964 at the age of 56. Two of his James Bond books were published posthumously; other writers have since produced Bond novels. Fleming’s creation has appeared in film twenty-seven times, portrayed by seven actors.
Originally posted 2022-01-12 08:12:41.