London (ANI): Tom Mankiewicz, the screenwriter of James Bond
movies, has died aged 68. Mankiewicz passed away at his home after
battling cancer. He underwent the Whipple operation, which is used
to treat pancreatic cancer, three months ago. The cause of the
death was not immediately known.
Mankiewicz directed the 1987 movie 'Dragnet", starring Dan
Aykroyd and Tom Hanks, and several episodes of the TV series 'Hart
to Hart." His cousin, Turner Classic Movies host Ben Mankiewicz,
said that Tom was in good spirits when they had lunch a week ago
and was planning to Chapman University in Orange, California this
fall, where he taught filmmaking to graduate students.
“He was hopeful. He left lunch in a very good mood. He told
stories about John Wayne and Michael Curtiz, and how he was going
to get me to appreciate John Ford"s 'The Searchers" more," The
Telegraph quoted Mankiewicz as saying.