Contributed by: The James Bond Movie Encyclopedia by Steven Jay Rubin

(August 2, 1899–June 15, 1995):British screenwriter and playwright who cowrote CBS’s 1954 live-TV adaptation of Casino Royale with Antony Ellis.

Bennett was born in Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, England, earned his first on-screen writing credit as the original playwright on director Alfred Hitchock’s Blackmail (1929), and later reteamed with Hitchcock as a screenwriter on such classics as The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934), The 39 Steps (1935), and Foreign Correspondent (1940), the last of which earned him an Oscar nomination for for Best Original Screenplay, which he shared with cowriter Joan Harrison. Bennett also wrote director Jacques Tourneur’s atmospheric supernatural thriller Curse of the Demon (1957), as well as Irwin Allen’s colorful dinosaur film The Lost World (1960), which costarred future Bond players Jill St. John and David Hedison.


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