2001: The Book, The Movie, And Kubrick’s Unused Aliens.

The Unused Concepts for Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey

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So I just finished re-reading Arthur C. Clarke’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, one of my absolute favorite books.  And before I inevitably sit down to re-watch Stanley Kurbick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey (my absolute favorite movie) I thought I’d share some thoughts on the masterpiece.  Now, when I say “masterpiece” there may be some of you who wonder “whose masterpiece?”   Both film and book are often designated their respective creator’s “masterpiece” so which came first?  Was the movie an adaptation of the book?  Or was the book an adaptation of the movie?  The answer is neither.

2001 was the creative collaboration of two artists, each a master of their craft.  Sometime in the mid 1960s, Kubrick approached Clarke with the intent of making, what he joked, “the proverbial good science fiction movie”.  Clarke suggested adapting a few of his short stories, most notably “The Sentinel.”  Together, over the course…

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The Lost Bond Novel – ‘Per Fine Ounce’ by Geoffrey Jenkins

Artistic Licence Renewed

literary_per_fine_ounce_lettersFleming had been planning to write a 15th 007 novel, to follow “The Man With The Golden Gun” and he sought assistance from his old friend Geoffrey Jenkins who would be able to advise Fleming about the setting for his latest novel: South Africa.

Of the author, Fleming once said:

“Geoffrey Jenkins has the supreme gift of originality. A Twist of Sand is a literate, imaginative first novel in the tradition of high and original adventure.”

Ian Fleming would never write that novel and it is considered the “most famous unpublished book in the world,”

Jenkins was approached by Glidrose Publications (now Ian Fleming Publications) to write a James Bond continuation novel, using the source material he had gathered for Fleming. After a drawn-out period in which Ann Fleming considered and eventually granted permission for Jenkins to take over 007 in ink, the author penned a manuscript. This was…

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Stanley Kubrick’s “Napoleon” (1967- 1973; unproduced)

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“The Dream of Hamish Mose” (1969; Partially Found)

Almost since the era of film began, Westerns have been a prime target for storytelling. From the silent classic, The Great Train Robbery, to the adventures of Tom Mix, Roy Rogers, John Wayne, and fictional characters such as The Lone Ranger and Zorro. Somewhere among those cowpokes of the silver screen is character actor, Cameron … Continue reading “The Dream of Hamish Mose” (1969; Partially Found)