In October of 1983, President Reagan ordered the United States and the Regional Security System (RSS) based in Barbados to invade Grenada in an operation codenamed Operation Urgent Fury.
Though it is only reported the invasion was highly criticised by Britain, Trinidad and Tobago, and Canada, the Queen of England was mad at President Reagan for not asking her permission.
It was during this time I made up the song Urgent recorded by Foreigner on the Robert John “Mutt” Lange produced album I named “4 “. During this time I also gave the artist the stage name Thomas Dolby who can be heard on “Urgent”, along with a saxophone solo by Motown great Junior Walker.
Many years later, we started working on ideas for the Iron Man film series and working on ideas for “The Avengers” and “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”.
“The Avengers” takes it name for the original 1960′s British television show “The Avengers” which starred Patrick MacNee, Diana Rigg and Honor Blackman. Both Honor and Diana were to become Bond girls in film adaptions of Ian Fleming’s James Bond series.
The first appearance of the character I named Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D was the 1998 FOX film starring David Hasselhoff who starred in my television show Knight Rider. The character Agent Fury taking its name for “Operation Urgent Fury“. I also chose Samuel L. Jackson to portray Fury for the Iron Man films.
James Bond had the terrorist organization SPECTRA and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. would have their terrorist organization I named HYDRA. James Bond had his “Vesper” and HYDRA would have their “Viper”.
My heart and prayers go out to Bob Geldof today.
One of the last television show ideas I came up with was “Hart of Dixie” for The CW. The name is for the nickname of my home state of Alabama with the spelling of “Hart” for the 80′s television show “Hart to Hart”. The Aaron Spelling produced “Hart to Hart” starred Robert Wagner and Stefanie Powers. Spelling went on to produce my television shows Beverly Hills 90210 and Charmed.
I decided to name the town “Blue Bell” for my husband’s favorite brand of ice cream. The name of the “Butter Stick” café was inspired by The Food Network’s chef Paula Deen who starred in Paula’s Home Cooking and premiered in November 2002.
I chose the name Zoe, portrayed by Rachel Bilson, for my lead character named for the adorable actress Zooey Deschanel. In 1999, Zooey made her debut in the film Mumford. During the time I named the character I also decided to name the English folk group “Mumford & Sons”.
Zoey’s breakout role was as Anita Miller in Cameron Crowe‘s 2000 film Almost Famous. This too was to draw a connection to my former work attributed to Cameron Crowe which began with Fast Times at Ridgemont High.
My work on Harry Potter was coming to an end and I had come up with the password “Sherbert Lemon”. This lead to me naming a character “Lemon” portrayed by Jaime King.
The surname of “Breeland” came from J. R. R. Tolkien‘s fictional village Bree in Middle-earth with Bree-land being the chief village. This was to tie into coming up with the idea to do an adaption of Tolkien’s work and attributed to Peter Jackson.
When I came up with the idea to do the adaption of Tolkien’s work, it was decided to say Peter Jackson owned one of the cars used in the film adaption of Ian Fleming’s “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”, which Michael Jackson once tried to purchase for Neverland.
The character nickname of “Brick” Breeland, portrayed by Tim Matheson, came from Tennessee William’s character Brick Pollitt in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Of note, Elvis Presley rejected portraying “Brick” in the film version.
Most entertainers sign an NDA, a non-disclosure agreement, where they cannot give out “trade secrets”. This also happens in the computer industry. Well, I am one of those “trade secrets”.
Not being a signed artist myself, despite being forced to sign documents against my will over the years, I am not bound by any agreement with any label or studio. This is why I can speak or write about what happened to me and the work I either collaborated on or song I made up recorded by artists who are under contract.
Despite claims the film Alien came out in 1979, ideas for the film came from the 1983 James Bond film Octopussy where the octopus attaches itself to the face of one of the bad guys.
I named the lead character “Ripley” portrayed by Sigourney Weaver for “Ripley’s Believe it or Not”.
Many years later the actor Dean Cain who portrayed Superman in my television series “Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman” went on to host the television show Ripley’s Believe It or Not! from 1999 to 2003.
Pinewood Studios in London being home of the James Bond and Superman film series.
Years later, Ridley Scott, who directed Alien also would direct the film Prometheus (2012), and a continuation of the Alien series. This was actress Charlize Theron‘s idea and I was allowed to name the film for the subtitle of Mary Shelley‘s 1818 novel Frankenstein, The Modern Prometheus.
Shelley’s Frankenstein had been inspiration for many works over the years and includes the film “Weird Science” after I made up the theme song. In 1990, Michael Hutchence would portray Percy Bysshe Shelley in Frankenstein Unbound.
“I raise my flags, don my clothes
It’s a revolution, I suppose
We’ll paint it red to fit right in” – Radioactive recorded by Imagine Dragons
The artist Prince came to see me after I wrote the songs for his 1999 album which includes the song “Little RED Corvette”. It was during this time I was working on the English language version of Les Misérables based on the novel by Victor Hugo and takes place during the French Revolution. Prince and I discussed the songs I had written and of my other work. He asked me to name his band and I named them “The Revolution“.
They asked me to come up with ideas for the poster to be used for the musical. The portrait of “Cosette” by Emile Bayard, from the original edition of Les Misérables (1862) was a favorite image of mine and I verbally relayed my ideas for the poster, adding a touch of “red” painted in her hair with the flag behind her.
Bono of U2 would use the imagery of the French Revolutionary War as an idea for his stage show. This included while performing “Sunday Bloody Sunday”, which I wrote and released on their “War” album. This featured a routine where he would set a white flag in the front of the stage. Bono went on to name Product Red in my honor.
Many years later I would write the song “Radioactive” recorded by the group I named Imagine Dragons with lyrics that alludes to my past work.
The band takes it name for my book to film “Red Dragon” inspired by the Red Dragon Gang of Macau mentioned in Ian Fleming’s James Bond book to film Thunderball (1965) starring Sean Connery. I would later work on script ideas for the 1996 film Dragonheart which Sean voiced the dragon Draco. The character name of “Draco” for the James Bond character Tracy Draco would appear again in my work on Harry Potter.
In 1993, it was reported Sean Connery was undergoing radiation treatment for a throat ailment which inspired the song.
“Like most babies smell like butter
His smell smelled like no other
He was born scentless and senseless
He was born a scentless apprentice” – Nirvana
During the time Michael Hutchence decided to say he suffered a head injury in the summer of 1992 which caused him to lose his sense of smell and taste, Kurt Cobain decided to write the song “Scentless Apprentice” released in 1993 on Nirvana’s album In Utero.
Kurt wrote the song “Scentless Apprentice” based on the novel by Patrick Suskind’s titled “Perfume” about the redheaded perfume apprentice Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, born with no body scent and begins to stalk and murder virgins in search of the “perfect scent”.
This was after I wrote the song “Smells Like Teen Spirit” released on the Nirvana album Nevermind (1991). Kurt chose the title due to the artist Prince giving me the pen name “Alexander Nevermind” after I wrote “Sugar Walls” recorded by Sheena Easton.
I’m beginning to lose sleep: one sheep, two sheep – Monster
Michael would later claim due to the injury it caused him to have insomnia. This was because I started suffering from sleep problems and was later diagnosed with a thyroid problem and is a symptom of my disease. I even used this in some of my song lyrics, which includes “Monster” recorded by Eminem and Rihanna.
The use of “Monster” was one of my signatures at this stage of song writing, just as “wake up” or “waking up” was a longtime signature which started with writing “Wake Me Up Before You Go Go” recorded by Wham! when Michael told me they were going to tour with the girl group I named “The Go-Go’s”.
Kurt Cobain decided to learn to play guitar left-handed after we met in 1983, despite being right handed. He knew that Joe Elliott was left-handed but played right-handed guitar.
(Photo of Kurt Cobain writing right-handed)
In the photo of Joe above, he is wearing a gold filigree ring with my birthstone (garnet) in the center. This is the same ring Courtney Love wore and claimed was her engagement ring from Kurt, which mysteriously disappeared after he faked his death. Courtney is wearing the ring on her left ring finger in the photo below. When Joe showed me the ring in October of 1983, it was sized way too big for me and Courtney has very large man hands.
Some momentos from when I was 15 and started writing songs. I am wearing a Def Leppard Pyromania t-shirt because every time Joe Elliott would show back up to make me work on songs he would also make me wear the t-shirt. Other times he would have some of the guys from his road crew to hold me down and strip my clothes off in front of everyone to show who was in control.
After I gave Joe Elliott the nickname “Turtle” in the summer of 1983, the Turtle’s record stores opened up all over Birmingham and one in Tuscaloosa.
The first band Joe Elliott and Kurt Cobain named was the Red Hot Chili Peppers. I then wrote the song “Red Hot” recorded by Motley Crue released on the “Shout at the Devil” album. The title song which I wrote came from the 1970′s “Shout at the Devil” film starring Roger Moore, known for portraying James Bond. When members of the Red Hot Chili Peppers found out about Joe’snickname, they decided to record the song “Yertle the Turtle” which came from Dr. Seuss.
In 2011, the newly renovated Jamaican airport in Boscobel, Saint Mary Parish, Jamaica located near Ian Fleming’s Goldeneye Estate was rededicated using the James Bond author’s name.
Due to my collaboration on the James Bond films and writing the theme songs, which started in 1983 when I was 15, the airport was rededicated on my birthday of January 12th and almost a year after completion.
The author’s niece Lucy Fleming was in attendance as well as Chris Blackwell, founder of Island Records, current owner of Goldeneye, and who’s mother had an affair with the married author. Chris is also the same man who proclaimed me his enemy when I was 15 and who blacklisted my name from the entertainment industry.
This was not the only time my birthday has been used, such as Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love claiming to have met on January 12th. The artists I gave the stage names Rob Zombie, Amerie, and Pixie Lott use my birthday as their public birthday. I also used my birthday in the lyrics of the song “Home” recorded by Marc Broussard as “mile marker 112″.