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SUPERMAN/
JAMES BOND/
EAGLE HAS LANDED/
DRAGNET Writer
Tom Mankiewicz
1942-2010

I am – Hercules Kneel! If you’ve listened to Richard Donner’s commentaries on the “Superman” Blu-rays and DVDs, you know that the guy who “really” wrote the shooting scripts for “Superman” and “Superman II” was famed script doctor Thomas Francis Mankiewicz, who succumbed to pancreatic cancer over the weekend. He was 68. Some WGA rule or another apparently kept Mankiewicz’ name out of the “Superman” screenwriting credits, so Donner credited him as “creative consultant” on the projects. Mankiewicz also wrote three of my favorite James Bond films, “Diamonds Are Forever” (not quite the last to star Sean Connery), “Live and Let Die” (the first to star Roger Moore) and “The Man With The Golden Gun” (the one with Hervé Villechaize as Nick Nack, plus Christopher Lee sporting the all-too-intimidating tri-nipple). If none of that warms you to this guy, he also directed and co-wrote with Dan Aykroyd and Alan Zweibel the Tom Hanks “Dragnet,” which I loved. AND he had a hand in the screenplay for Donner's 1985 supernatural romantic dramedy "Ladyhawke." I loved that one too. Post-Bond but pre-Superman he co-wrote the thrillers “The Eagle Has Landed” (Robert Duvall, Michael Caine, Donald Sutherland, Jean Marsh, Larry Hagman AND Jenny Agutter) and “The Cassandra Crossing” (Martin Sheen, O.J. Simpson, Richard Harris AND Burt Lancaster) and scripted the Bill Cosby-Harvey Keitel-Raquel Welch ambulance comedy "Mother, Jugs and Speed." (He was also the nephew of Herman Mankiewicz, who co-wrote -- or wrote, depending on who you talk to -- “Citizen Kane” for Orson Welles.) Find the BBC’s obit here.

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  • Aug. 3, 2010, 9:16 p.m. CST

    RIP

    by MST3KPIMP

    Superman Rules

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 9:19 p.m. CST

    Just listened to the Superman commentaries

    by cylon_conspiracy

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 9:21 p.m. CST

    Wow. This is sad.

    by SkidMarkedUndies

    Another great one leaves us. Sad day indeed.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 9:23 p.m. CST

    Kneel before Tom!!

    by Billyeveryteen

    And bid adieu.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 9:24 p.m. CST

    Herc, EAGLE HAS LANDED should be in the headline.

    by FlickaPoo

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 9:26 p.m. CST

    Bit late off the mark with this....

    by TommyGavinsEgo

    ... But glad to see AICN doff their cap. Superman and the real Superman II (which lies somewhere between the original release and the Donner Cut - both have pros and cons over each other) remain wonderful works, and that's down to this guy as well as Donner and Reeve. It might be cool to rag on Superman the Movie - but if it weren't for the script work he did, it could easily have ended up in the same realm as the 60s Batman, failed completely - and then where would superhero movies be. I'm rambling - but Superman, to my mind, remains nothing short of a majestic movie. And on top of that, the man always came across as an absolute gentleman on all those interviews.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 9:27 p.m. CST

    Not Tom Mankiewicz!!!!

    by LuminousBeing

    NNNOOOOOO!!!! Jesus. More Hero Worship on AICN. Just...give me the goddamn news. And make it cool.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 9:28 p.m. CST

    Honor this great man

    by Kal Reeve

    For his writing and ideas elevated the scripts for Superman The Movie and Superman II to a level of majesty. <p> <p> Rest well, Mr. Mankiewicz, and say hello to Mr. Reeve for us. <p> <p> And thank you.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 9:30 p.m. CST

    Ummm...Diamonds Are Forever WAS Sean Connery's last

    by IndyCollector

    Never Say Never Again isn't an official James Bond movie.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 9:30 p.m. CST

    ...thanks.

    by FlickaPoo

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 9:32 p.m. CST

    His commentaries with Donner...

    by TommyGavinsEgo

    ... are great stuff. The guys made that movie the way they wanted - despite pigheaded interference from the Salkinds who blatantly Did Not Understand It and come to that, barely knew how to produce anyway. You all know the stories and the fallout - but the fact Superman took flight the way it did is down to Donner indeed - but also Tom Mankiewicz for realising exactly what Superman should and could be. <p> <p> Plus, who doesn't love Dragnet?

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 9:34 p.m. CST

    Robert Boyle also died today

    by Frank Reynolds

    Boyle was Mankiewicz's production designer on DRAGNET, as well as Hitchcock's designer back in the day. Boyle was 100. (Boyle was the art director on THE WOLF MAN the year before Mankiewicz was born!)

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 9:36 p.m. CST

    ""It's amazing that brain can generate enough power..."

    by sapno_krei

    "...to keep those legs moving." Among the gems from SUPERMAN that Tom never got direct credit for. RIP to a great writer.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 9:42 p.m. CST

    Dragnet IS underrated

    by IndyCollector

    I'm usually against the goofing up of dramas for the big screen but it works for this movie. Ackroyd's impression of Joe Friday is dead-on.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 9:43 p.m. CST

    Obviously Mankiewicz wasn't credited as writer

    by IndyCollector

    because Mario Puzo was the bigger name. Why is that so hard to understand?

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 9:44 p.m. CST

    IndyCollector

    by FleshMachine

    offical or not it IS a james bond film. and a james bond film with connery playing bond. "officiality" is trivial and irrelevant.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 9:45 p.m. CST

    RIP

    by BP_drills_america_a_new_asshole

    Although I have to say the three Bond films he was involved with are nowhere near my favorites. But that's neither here or there. Thank you Thomas for Superman.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 9:45 p.m. CST

    THOSE are your favorite Bond flicks?!

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    It's sad Mankiewicz is dead and all, but his super-campy approach ended up tainting the character for YEARS afterwards. He actually wrote a BAD CONNERY BOND FILM, the ONLY ONE.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 9:53 p.m. CST

    Lame

    by Foomas

    Bummed

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 9:53 p.m. CST

    Lame

    by Foomas

    Bummed

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 9:55 p.m. CST

    AMONG my favorites.

    by Hercules

    Bambi and Thumper, Mr. Kidd and Mr. Wint, Jimmy Dean, Lana Wood, Jill St. John's bikini bottom. I love "Diamonds."

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 10:01 p.m. CST

    Is Casino Royale with Peter Sellers a James Bond movie?

    by IndyCollector

    Trivial and irrelevant my fucking ass.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 10:01 p.m. CST

    Good bye to "a friend"

    by paulloch

    "I hope this experience hasn't put you off flying" and "you've got me, who's got you" and dozens of other lines in that film. He was put here for a reason, to help make the first great superhero movie

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 10:07 p.m. CST

    Sad day..

    by jazzylg

    We lost one of the greats. Thanks for the help in ushering in great superhero movies that followed such as blade,spider-man, and the dark knight!

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 10:11 p.m. CST

    The Man With the Golden Gun is underrated

    by superunknown85

    Moore was cold as ice in that one, and it's just fun to watch. Live and Let Die and Diamonds Are Forever, however, are two of my least favorites. RIP anyway.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 10:12 p.m. CST

    Donner wanted him to direct future Superman films...

    by darthwaz1

    wow this sucks he was so great.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 10:24 p.m. CST

    Great teacher and mentor

    by theswillmerchant

    Tom was one of my Professors at Chapman and I have to say he was an amazing guy. He always had incredible stories to share and he brought in Richard Donner to screen Superman every year. He was also very gracious with his time and would read any scripts students sent and give them notes. He will be missed.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 10:25 p.m. CST

    Donner and Mankiewicz were offered Superman 4

    by cylon_conspiracy

    But passed (obviously). After re-watching the first two I am trying to get through Superman 3. It's very difficult but I want to complete the set. In the DVD commentaries they talk about how during the original they had hoped to do an entire series of superman films, it's a shame.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 10:26 p.m. CST

    Casino Royale with David Niven

    by Noddy93

    is a James Bond film. more so than half of the library

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 10:28 p.m. CST

    LOL

    by susankq1111

    I strongly recommend ______ B l a c k w h i t e C u p i d * C o m ______ to you where I just found my interracial boyfriend! You know it is a great place to meet black men and beautiful women. What's kind of relationship do you want? ;)

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 10:31 p.m. CST

    "Moore was cold as ice in that one"

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    And horribly miscast as the kind of casually cruel 00 agent who would smack women around to get information. I could buy any other Bond actor doing that (okay, not Brosnan), but it's impossible to take Moore seriously when he threatens to break Maude Adams' arm. Thankfully they turned Moore's 007 into more of a gentleman in later films.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 10:35 p.m. CST

    Great man, R.I.P.

    by Carolinamaestro

    You will be missed. Also, the Superman: the movie trailer remains, after all these years, one of the best trailers I've ever seen.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 10:37 p.m. CST

    RIP Mr. Mankiewicz

    by Thanos0145

    Thanks for your great work on the first two Superman movies!

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 10:55 p.m. CST

    "Mank" was a genius, he will be missed

    by Flexfill

    His disc commentary with Donner for Superman The Movie is truly entertaining and enlightening. Great man, and his legacy is Legend.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 10:59 p.m. CST

    I listen to his commentaries on Superman I&II TDC

    by MediaGold

    at least once a year. Probably my favorite DVD commentary has got to be the one he and Dick Donner did for Superman the Movie. He also had a lot of interesting stuff to say on the commentary for Cleopatra. What a great dude, such a damn shame.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 11:01 p.m. CST

    R.I.P. MANK

    by BringingSexyBack

    He brought the magic to the greatest superhero movie there ever will be. Simple as that, and for which many a fan is forever grateful.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 11:06 p.m. CST

    RIP

    by frank cotton

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 11:15 p.m. CST

    He also wrote MOTHER JUGS AND SPEED

    by tuttle300

    IMDB credits him for the screenplay Great little classic from 1976 Raquel Welch, Bill Cosby and Harvey Keitel were ambulance drivers working for a somewhat dysfunctional ambulance company in LA, California Rent it this weekend if your in the mood for a good comedy/drama

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 11:25 p.m. CST

    I got MOTHER, JUGS & SPEED on my iPod

    by KnightShift

    Yes it's THAT good! Easily the darkest comedy that Bill Cosby *ever* did. Incidentally Quentin Tarantino has said that this is one of his favorite movies.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 11:31 p.m. CST

    Tom and Chris = "Can You Read My Mind" flyover about now...

    by DickBallsworth

    And it's beautiful, man. Just beautiful.<p> RIP Mister Mankiewicz.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 11:53 p.m. CST

    The Lex Luthor, Otis, Tesmacher scenes were funny

    by Tacom

    I don't care what anybody says about them being too campy, they were hysterical.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 12:05 a.m. CST

    RIP and condolences to his friends and family.

    by Dingbatty

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 12:41 a.m. CST

    Man with the Golden Gun is underrated

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

    Connery's Bond movies might be better but the best James Bond is Moore.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 1:41 a.m. CST

    His Batman Script Was Pitch Perfect

    by Saluki

    It covered SO MUCH ground in a single script, that otherwise took about three films with lots of fat to cover. Go read it. Now! Even the fake Batmen parts were used in The Dark Knight.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 1:53 a.m. CST

    Diamonds Are Forever and Golden Gun are garbage...

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Grave

    Let's not get carried away - those two are near the bottom of the pack when it comes to Bond films, if not the very bottom. Total camp crap. Diamonds was a Moore film without Moore, and Golden Gun is just execrable. And as mentioned above, watching Moore sadistically interrogate women was just weird and very unpleasant. Unlike Connery, who could engage in brutality and then turn on the charm again on a dime, Moore just couldn't pull it off. Mankiewicz may have done a good job on Superman but his Bond efforts were poor.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 2:14 a.m. CST

    Mank's Contributions

    by endgambit

    Great guy and a fun professor. Could tell a story, speaking, like no other. Even though he was only credited in on three Bonds, he contributed to every Moore film. The jetplane sequence in Octopussy was him, the Eiffel Tower sequence in A View to A Kill was him. Great guy and the best take on Superman to date.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 2:15 a.m. CST

    Wow, Hercules has bad taste in Bond films

    by Smerph

    Live and Let Die is reasonable but the other two? AWFUL. Count how many people Bond shoots in TMWTGG; it's quite amusing.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 2:15 a.m. CST

    RIP Thanks

    by Orionsangels

    for writing those wonderful movies that made my childhood that much more wonderful. Also God Bless John Williams endearing Superman Theme. That trailer nearly made me cry.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 2:25 a.m. CST

    He was a major talent & will be sadly missed

    by HarryBlackPotter

    Thanks for the great movies Tom!

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 2:35 a.m. CST

    He didn't finish Golden Gun

    by Darth Fart

    He left the project because he was tired of it.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 2:44 a.m. CST

    DISGRACE... TOOK YOU LONG ENOUGH. Not enough coverage for his pa

    by greigy just wanted to say

    Considering the acres of space you waste on useless here today gone later today talents AICN has really dropped the ball with this one. Pretty disgusted and shocked at the lack of coverage especially from AICN. Mankiewicz deserved better.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 3:07 a.m. CST

    Superman The Movie

    by deanbarry

    Is my all time favourite movie. Thankyou for breathing life into a beloved character with your words.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 3:08 a.m. CST

    Diamonds is probably my favorite Bond

    by L. Ron Bumquist

    There's something sadistic and gaudy about it that fits.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 3:10 a.m. CST

    AW FUCK SHIT.

    by sam jacksons wig

    All of the greats are fucking dying. This has made me very fucking sad indeed! Farewell, and thank you.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 3:17 a.m. CST

    Guys like this impact people more than they know

    by thatswhatshesaid

    I saw Superman when I was about 4 and decided right there I wanted to be a pilot. I got all kinds of resistance...not smart enough, got to be really good in math, need great eye sight..all of which are wrong BTW. But I didn't care and became a Captain on a 50 seat jet by age 27. Thanks Tom.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 3:19 a.m. CST

    The Lex humour in Superman was needed,

    by L. Ron Bumquist

    as was the Daily planet humour. If it had all been played as straight as the first hour it would have been too dry. It's perfectly balanced. Hackman is so naturally threatening that he is still scary, even played for laughs.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 3:24 a.m. CST

    IndyCollector

    by Drsambeckett1984

    Actually MGM bought the rights to Never Say Never Again, and now, it is considered an official Bond movie. <P> And herc, Diamonds Are Forever is my second least favourite Bond, its just awful, Connery's hair piece did the most stunts trying to stay on his head! <P> That said, it did have a couple of killer quotes, " I was just out walking my rat and I seem to have lost my way". " One of us smells like a tarts handbag...Sorry to say its me old boy".

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 3:28 a.m. CST

    "not only does he have a snappy, punchy prose style,

    by bufordtannen

    but he is, in my forty years in this business, the fastest typist I've ever seen." I presume he wrote that line along with many timeless and hilarious others for Superman. And... Live and Let Die is one of the best Bond films.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 3:40 a.m. CST

    RIP

    by Jeroen

    His work might have had its ups and downs, but it's clear that another guy who helped shape movie culture left us too early.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 3:49 a.m. CST

    Best/Worst Bonds

    by Drsambeckett1984

    Top 5 <P> Goldfinger <P> Goldenye <P> The Living Daylights <P> On Her Majesty's Secret Service <P> Thunderball <P> Bottom 5 <P> Quantum Of Solace <P> Diamonds Are Forever <P> Octopussy <P> The World Is Not Enough <P> Die Another Day

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 4:01 a.m. CST

    Very sad news

    by Denty420

    I'll always be grateful to him for helping to shape the first two Superman movies (especially the Donner cut) into the classics they were. Great loss for the movie world and also for the cinemagoer. Rest in peace, Mr M.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 4:22 a.m. CST

    That Superman trailer

    by kwisatzhaderach

    just gave me chills. Talk about movie magic.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 4:27 a.m. CST

    I've got a soft spot for THE CASSANDRA CROSSING

    by palimpsest

    OJ Simpson, a sweaty Martin Sheen, Richard Harris, Burt Lancaster, Sophia Loren, the plague, running gun battles on trains, and a great big model train crash at the end. Trashy fun.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 4:30 a.m. CST

    Godspeed

    by THX1968

    I'm bummed. TM was a very smart movie man. Great script structure to hang his even greater ideas on. Most importantly, he was a fan just like the rest of us.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 4:48 a.m. CST

    Superman would've been cheesy crap without him. Sad.

    by Mr Nicholas

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 5:42 a.m. CST

    Puzo wrote the first draft that's why he retained credit

    by Professor_Monster

    the one who pops the cherry is always remembered.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 6:04 a.m. CST

    So Many Great Movie Moments From Him

    by SonOfChiba

    He had a hand in so many great films that were a big part of my movie watching growing up. As a kid, Superman 1 & 2 made me gasp and cheer, Live & Let Die scared me, and Dragnet made me laugh. Pretty much all bases covered. And for that, I have to say, thank you, Mr Mankiewicz, and God Bless.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 6:39 a.m. CST

    Diamonds Are Forever...

    by JMH1973

    ...is just bad, plain and simple. Connery didn't care at all except for the $$$ he was being paid and it shows in his performance. Blofeld in drag? Jimmy Dean? That hairpiece? Crispin Glover's dad as a gay hitman? What bugs me the most is that this movie pretends that the previous OO7, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, didn't happen. The best thing about it is Bond's line to Case - Bond: I tend to notice little things like that - whether a girl is a blonde or a brunette. Case: Which do you prefer? Bond: Well, as long as the collar and cuffs match...

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 6:53 a.m. CST

    JMH1973

    by Drsambeckett1984

    Hate to correct you, but one Connery didnt do Diamonds for the money, as he doneted his entire fee to a Scottish charity. <P> And it does follow on from OHMSS, the pre title sequence of Diamonds, features Bond hunting down Blofeld in revenge for killing Tracy.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 6:58 a.m. CST

    dulala11

    by jacksparness

    Have some bloody respect. Get this arsehold banned immediately and delete that crap. Mankiewicz seemed like a fantastic guy and was a brilliant scriptwriter. If I remember correctly he also had a say in Reeve's casting. A fantastic influence on any production he was a part of and he will be sorely missed.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 7:09 a.m. CST

    Well...

    by JMH1973

    Maybe he wasn't the primary recipient of the money but it shows his heart wasn't in making another Bond movie. Of course, EON used him for years, he may as well use them. As for the pre-title sequence, it just negates all the emotion from the OHMSS finale in one quick scene. Gray plays Blofeld like he's trying to hold back a laugh, not at all like Savalas' dangerous interpretation of Blofeld. Before home video, I don't think continuity was a concern of moviemakers.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 7:16 a.m. CST

    There was an interview with him in Starlog....

    by Righteous Brother

    from way back in '83 (Return of the Jedi cover) he talked about his career, and plans for a big screen Batman. He also wanted to do one final Bond film with Connery who gets killed at the end, as he was getting older and not quite a fast as he used to be. It was a fantastic interview, I'd read it again and again - I was that sort of kid. So thankyou, Mr Mankiewicz.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 7:18 a.m. CST

    DRAGNET..

    by Six Demon Bag

    where dan aykroyd stopped acting and pulled that rapid fire dialogue shit in EVERY comedy!<P>i understand he was in sneakers and pearl harbor and driving miss daisy..but when it came to being funny...his joe friday schtick was his autopilot.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 7:22 a.m. CST

    So Sad

    by BeyondStatic

    He was an important contributor and will be missed

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 7:53 a.m. CST

    Those three Bond films are easily ...

    by Sailor Rip

    ...among the worst in the series. When the guy who wrote The Spy Who Loved Me dies let me know. This is not a dig at the writer this is a dig at Herc.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 7:56 a.m. CST

    Ok

    by Sailor Rip

    the two gay hit men in Diamonds are pretty cool. I'll give it that.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 8:01 a.m. CST

    Is Diamonds the one that opens...

    by Sailor Rip

    ...with Connery strangling some girl with her bikini top "Where is he!" <p> I guess it does have its moments.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 8:05 a.m. CST

    Golden gun...

    by Billyeveryteen

    My Dad took me to a Golden Gun/Spy Who Loved Me double feature. They fucking rocked, and my Dad is awesome.<p>Jill St. John? Yes, please.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 8:11 a.m. CST

    Yes those are among the worst of Bond films...

    by Charlie_Allnut

    Live and Let Die was a Burt Reynolds movie in disguise...hillbilly sheriffs, a voodoo army with righteous afros...yikes! Diamonds Are Forever is definitely the worst of the three for the simple fact that it stars Connery which makes it a huge letdown, and its actually pretty boring and drab. The guy wrote some other movies that were good though... I can see that campiness was likely part of his writing style - Hackman's Lex Luthor has a lot in common with those Bond movies!

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 9:36 a.m. CST

    Mank was a heckuva nice guy

    by FlyingToupee

    One of the problems with his Bond pictures is not his writing; it's because Cubby and Saltzman were feuding at the time, and the films suffered as a result(especially budgetary; ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE was the last really expensive Bond flick until THE SPY WHO LOVED ME rebooted the epic feel of the series). Mank had great creativity, and was responsible for the epic tone of the first SUPERMAN(and much of the second). I think he should have went on to much greater things than DRAGNET(which is fun, but nowhere near what he was capable of). I'd like to see his BATMAN script done as an animated movie, or at least a graphic novel. He was a nice man who was always accessible to fans. May he rest in peace.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 9:49 a.m. CST

    I thought Diamonds Are Forever was the worst

    by cylon_conspiracy

    <p>But Live and Let Die and Man with the Golden Gun are some of the most entertaining Bond Films. </p> <p>When I bought the Bond DVD set and watched them all through DAF was the only one that truly bored the hell out of me. Well, that and Moonraker.</p>

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 11:52 a.m. CST

    Thank you "Mank"

    by SmokieGeezer

    I too love the DVD commentaries of Superman I and II with Richard Donner and Tom. Mother,Jugs and Speed was screened In UK in October 1999, Found it a blast. Never knew Tom's connection until a couple of months aho. All the best mate you made a difference and filled this World with Heart. My heart goes out to those closest to you.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 12:41 p.m. CST

    his batman script

    by charlesbronsonLIVES

    was a camp-filled pile of garbage. its the reason batman didn't become a real feature until about seven years later. batman fighting the joker on a giant desk? with a giant fucking typewriter? robin being fruitier than shit? shame the man died, but lets not blow smoke up everyone's ass that he was brilliant.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 2:24 p.m. CST

    RIP Tom, but...

    by bobsjohnson

    Diamonds and Live and Let Die are two of the shittiest Bond movies ever.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 2:25 p.m. CST

    Did anyone else...

    by mrm1138

    ...think that Mankiewicz looked and sounded a lot like John Carpenter? I sure did.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 2:40 p.m. CST

    Yeah, Mank and Carpenter

    by Flexfill

    look as if they might have been related, though clearly not. Interesting observation.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 2:41 p.m. CST

    Never understood the love for Superman II

    by SnootyBoots

    Some may say that it's better than the first movie, but to me it's cheesy and dull and kind of dumb (see a powerless Clark Kent put on a light jacket and walk all the way to the Fortress of Solitude somewhere in the vast arctic wilderness). Those movies just dropped off a cliff after the first one.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 2:52 p.m. CST

    SnootyBoots

    by mrm1138

    I agree that neither the theatrical cut of Superman II nor the Richard Donner cut are nearly as good as the first one. What it does have going for it, however, is Terrence Stamp as Zod. Quite honestly, he manages to elevate the movie above what it may have been with anyone else in the role. I think that, if Donner hadn't been fired and could have finished Superman II the way he wanted to, it would have been about as good as the first.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 3:07 p.m. CST

    "I'm now aiming precisely at your groin..."

    by Koborover

    "...so speak or forever hold your piece." His Bonds have some great one-liners.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 3:44 p.m. CST

    Mank did not write Citizen Kane

    by The Aquarian 1

    He wrote The American. I have the screenplay in my house. It's like 200 pages.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 4:24 p.m. CST

    "I'd like you to introduce the virgin Connie Swail"

    by Tacom

    Favorite line from DRAGNET.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 7:24 p.m. CST

    Hi, I'm Plenty!

    by Guy Grand

    Bond looks at her enormous breasts and deadpans, "But, of course you are." "Plenty O'Toole," is her chirpy reply. Bond continues gambling..."Named after your father no doubt." I broke up my 5th grade friends with those lines after I saw DAF at the neighborhood theater in New Jersey back in '71. Mankiewicz was a little vaudeville but a very creative scenarist. If you liked his commentaries on the Superman discs, check out his hilarious reminiscences on Marlon Brando in the latest Robert Sellers offering "Hollywood Hellraisers" just out now at your local Borders. Reading it on my lunch breaks. RIP.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 7:35 p.m. CST

    Yes, Diamonds are Forever was cheesy.....

    by lewarcher1949

    and silly, and had little to nothing to do with the novel of the same name, but it was the first Bond movie I had ever seen (owed to the fact that it was endlessly rerun by the local ABC affiliate on Sunday afternoons) and seemed pretty cool to a 10 year old. It basically began a lifelong fascination with all things Bond for me. I still get a kick out of it.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 8:11 p.m. CST

    "I didn't know there was a pool down there"

    by darthliquidator

    ...not to mention Jill St.John's immortal "Blow up your pants!", Connery's "Alimentary, my dear Leiter"...and Roger Moore(after hearing Yaphet Kotto shout 'Take this honky out and waste him!"... .."Waste?...Is that a good thing?"

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 9:05 p.m. CST

    watching Superman now.....

    by NorthTronic

    still majestic.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 1:04 a.m. CST

    Lol at billing Superman above Bond

    by Squilookle

    ...like he's more popular or something. Imagine! :P Anyone seen that trailer for The Cassandra Crossing on youtube? one of the most intense balls-to-the-wall trailers I've ever seen. Shame the movie itself was so dull.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 2:59 a.m. CST

    Godspeed Tom...

    by Master Bruce

    He was a talented artist & seemed like a decent man to boot...and that's rare in Hollyweird. Also luved his dvd interviews & commentaries too. My condolences to his family & friends. Thanks for all the hours of entertainment you provided Tom, you will be missed.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 4:14 a.m. CST

    Did I just see...

    by ELGordo

    Bill Cosby ear raped with a vibrator?

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 5:40 a.m. CST

    Message from Ilya Salkind

    by Superman1978

    Ilya cSlakind (Executive Producer of Superman I-III) asked Superman1978.com and all the Superman websites to pass this message along. Upon learning the news of the death of Tom Mankewicz, Ilya immediately called Dick Donner because he knew how close Dick and Tom were. His official statement is the following: I am deeply saddened by the premature and sudden loss of one of the best writers I've worked with, Tom Mankiewicz. He was an extraordinarily talented and gifted writer who's involvement in Superman 1 and 2 was essential. He was also a very kind and loving person that will sorely be missed. His great mastery writing film screenplays made working with him an unforgettable experience. He had a great sense of humor, and wit, and was a lovely person to work with. He also, of course, had a tremendous unique gift writing film screenplays. I can only wish my most heartfelt condolences to his family as well as all the many friends that he had and that loved him. - Ilya Salkind

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 8:20 a.m. CST

    This is one of those softly spoken 'Oh no' moments....

    by Gabba-UK

    A genuine loss to the creative world. I've always considered STAR WARS as my favourite movie of all time. But as I age and upon repeated viewings, Donner's SUPERMAN is creeping up on it, due in no small part to Tom Mankiewicz as Donner graciously admits to in the commentary on the DVD. A huge talent that will be sadly missed.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 9:54 a.m. CST

    Well... Emil... I guess it's just YOU and... ME and... YOUR bal

    by Tikidonkeypunch