Rogue Royale: The Lost Bond Film by the 'Shakespeare of Hollywood'
It's the great unmade Bond film, and it could have changed cinema history.
In 2011, the Sunday Telegraph published an article I wrote about my unearthing of draft scripts of Casino Royale by Ben Hecht, who also wrote The Front Page, the original Scarface and Notorious. I have also published a couple of articles on this site about the history of early attempts to film this novel, here and here.
All of these pieces were part of a much longer article I wrote about my research into this topic, and I've now published the full 'director's cut' version as a short e-book, Rogue Royale.
It's around 11,000 words long, and includes detailed analysis of each of Hecht's drafts for the film, as well as exploring the context of his involvement. It's now available at the following links: