issue 38: 2003 


Literature to Film:
The sequel

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1) Which classic film was based on a 1958 British novel Two Hours to Doom?
Dr Strangelove

2) The American co-author, now dead, of the screenplay for #1 wrote two novels whose film versions starred the drummer of a famous rock band; one involved shooting birds with an anti aircraft gun. Another member of this same band briefly appeared in a war film.
Name this war film and the musician-actor.
How I won the War. John Lennon

3) The star of #1 and the star of one of the films of #2 started off in a classic radio show alongside its writer - a man who was a major influence on 1960s and 70s British comedy. Several films have been made of this writer’s works; the first was an autobiography of his war years, and another was based on a play he co-wrote on the aftermath of WWIII, which, coincidently, had the same director as the war film above.
Name this film, based on the play of the same title.
The Bed Sitting Room (Spike Milligan)

4) In the latest (2003) film based on the above comic genius’s first novel and set in a divided Ireland, there is a very brief appearance of a respected American actor. This actor is possibly best remembered for a role he played in a war film written by a Dr. Richard Hornberger, who published it under a pen name derived from his golf swing. Incidentally, Hornberger didn’t like the TV version of his book. Book and author’s pen name.
M.A.S.H. by Richard Hooker

5) Another author wrote about his wartime experiences as a bombardier in the Mediterranean during WWII and the invented title has become part of our language. The film version had an actor who is possibly best remembered as a ‘cowboy’ or for his participation in a canoe holiday in hell. He went on to play a journalist trying to uncover post-WWII Nazi links to the Middle East’s Six Day War in a film based on a novel by a British writer of political thrillers.
Name the author and novel.
Frederick Forsythe. The Odessa File

6) Most, if not all, of the above author’s works have been made into films but which of his novels has recently been filmed for a second time, and rather badly considering how good the first version was?
The Day of the Jackal

7) Another film recently pointlessly remade was based on the noir, rather than war or spy, novel Jack’s Return Home. The novel now goes by the name of the film, which is……….
Get Carter

8) The lead actor in the original film above fought, on screen at least, bravely against African tribesmen and later conned his way to practically the political top of a remote kingdom in the film version of a short story by…..
Rudyard Kipling

9) This actor in #8 also played the role of a laconic Cold War British spy in several films.
Name this character and his literary creator.
Harry Palmer. Len Deighton

10) This role was later revived in two not very good TV movies set in post-Cold War Russia where the co-star was the son of the actor who did get to the political top of the remote kingdom in #8, but the father is renowned for playing another, even more famous, British spy created by …..
Ian Fleming

11) The above author wrote a fantasy book based on a machine that, believe it or not, actually existed and had a six-cylinder Mayback aero engine - the military type used by the Germans in their Zeppelins.
The book (and film) was ….
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

12) Going back to the author and his spy series: the first book was also the first to be filmed – but only for American TV. It was later remade as a spoof, but retained, incredibly, some of the author’s plot.
The name of the book (and film) was …
Casino Royale

13) The reason that the film made no sense is because, it is said, one of the main actors didn’t complete his part. This actor had a few years earlier been nominated for an Oscar for a film in which he played three roles, including the President of the United States, based on a book published in the US as Red Alert. The film was………
Dr Strangelove

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issue 38: september - october 2003 

Short Fiction

Ron Butlin: The Mighty Handful Versus the Rest of the World
Alicia Gifford: Surviving Darwin
Ryland W. Greene: What D’ya Know
Sarah Strickley: Annie Has a Thing, Makes Her Crazy
Richard Ailes: The Bounce

   picks from back issues
Anthony Bourdain: Bobby at Work
Bill Broady: In This Block There Lives a Slag . . .


Book Titles
answers to last issue’s Literature-to-film - the Sequel

Book Reviews

Night Visits by Ron Butlin
Loot and Other Stories by Nadine Gordimer
Love Me by Garrison Keillor
Tiny Ladies by Adam Klein
Fear Itself by Walter Mosley

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