A while back I learned the widow of Bond screenwriter Richard Maibaum donated her husband’s papers to the University of Iowa after his death. Next week I’ll be taking a trip to the University to delve into these archives, the contents of which are listed here:
For people who know more about this subject than myself, I’d like to know what I should focus on. I’d like to reproduce all of the Bond-related material on hand, but I’ll only be there for a few days and I can’t guarantee I’ll be able to get to it all (though I will have a companion to help out) so I don’t want to waste time combing through stuff that’s already been widely available for years. What I’m really hoping to find is the early draft of OCTOPUSSY that featured S.P.E.C.T.R.E. as well as the early version of A VIEW TO A KILL in which Zorin’s evil plan involved crashing Halley’s Comet into Silicon Valley.
To my knowledge this material has never been explored in its fullest, and I feel the Bond fan community deserves to know all that this collection contains. Thanks for your input!