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

(November 5, 1912–September 30, 1976): Academy Award–winning British screenwriter and lyricist who received cowriting credit with Richard Maibaum on Goldfinger. When the script won an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America in 1964, the witty Dehn sent a telegram to Rex Stout, president of the Mystery Writers, expressing his thanks but claiming that his contribution was only .007 percent of the finished script. Dehn went on to write four sequels for the Planet of the Apes series.

A native of Manchester, Dehn made his motion picture debut by contributing the Oscar-winning original story (with James Bernard) for the thriller Seven Days to Noon (1950), which also featured future Bond players Geoffrey Keen (Defence Minister Freddie Gray in the Moore and Dalton eras), Willoughby Gray, and Patrick Macnee.

He was later nominated for the Oscar for Best Writing, Screenplay Adapted from other Material, for Murder on the Orient Express (1974), his final feature credit.


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