Nobody Could’ve Done it Better — Ben Hecht’s 007 Script

Just read a terrific piece in the The Telegraph about a recently unearthed 007 film script written by Ben Hecht.
Hecht was the screenwriting genius behind the films His Girl Friday, Gunga Din, Spellbound, and Notorious. He also had a hand in Gone with the Wind.
But it looks like his version of Casino Royale would’ve been a hell of a movie. Here are a few choice details from the excellent piece by thriller writer, Jeremy Duns. (By the way, Duns retro spy novels are fantastic reads.)
** Characters include Lili Wing, a beautiful but drug-addicted Eurasian madam who once had a fling with Bond, and her girlfriend, Georgie, who carries a black kitten on her shoulder.
** A car chase through Hamburg’s red light district ending with Bond drenched in mud disguised as a lesbian wrestler.
This may have topped Goldfinger as the greatest Bond flick of all time. Check out the entire piece.

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