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Wolf Mankowitz suspected of being communist agent

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In The Guardian (26 Aug.), there was a report titled "To Russia with love: screenwriter suspected of bonding with enemy". Wolf Mankowitz, one of the men behind the early James Bond films, was suspected of being a communist agent, according to MI5 files at the National Archives released today. Apparently he introduced the Bond producers Cubby Broccoli and Harry Salzman to one another and was involved in writing the script for Dr No. But also as Geoff says in The Man With The Midas Touch, he was also involved with John Barry in the original script for the musical of Graham Greene's Brighton Rock.

Keith Calnan

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