To begin with, I was given a list of films and television show titles filmed at Pinewood Studios in England, home of the James Bond films, to use and come up with original script ideas for films or television shows to be released in the US. In some instances, I used the film or tv show titles to write a song. This is not a complete list…
LET”S DANCE – DAVID BOWIE
“The Red Shoes” (1947) – I first used the film title in the lyrics of the song “Let’s Dance” recorded by David Bowie (1983). “Let’s Dance” (1950) was also a film title starring “Betty Hutton and Fred Astaire“. I later used “The Red Shoes” to come up with ideas for Red Shoe Diaries (1992) for Showtime.
OBSESSION – ANIMOTION
“Obsession” (1947) – This was a film released in the US as “The Hidden Room” – I used the British title to write the song “Obsession” recorded by Animotion (1983). A version of the song would be used in the theatrical trailer for 1986 film 9½ Weeks which I worked on the script.
“THE NET” (1995)
- “The Net” (1952) – Working with Steve “The Woz” Wozniak, of Apple Computers, and Bill Gates, on ideas for the World Wide Web and computers influenced me at times. One of the first films scripts I came up with, War Games (1983), happened while working with The Woz. It eventually lead to me working on ideas using the 1952 British film title for the 1995 starring Sandra Bullock, Jeremy Northam and Dennis Miller of the same title.
PURPLE RAIN – PRINCE
The Purple Plain (1954) – Robert Parrish, who directed The Purple Plain with Gregory Peck also directed the 1967 adaption of Ian Fleming’s Casino Royale. The film, also starred Bernard Lee who is known for portraying “M” in the James Bond films. I changed the film title just a bit, which is my prerogative, and wrote the song “Purple Rain” recorded by Prince (1984).
Designing Women (1957) – The Purple Plain starred Gregory Peck, who in 1957 starred in the film “Designing Women” which I used the title to come up with original ideas for the television show launched in 1986.
Cape Fear (1961) – Peck appeared in the 1961 film as Sam Bowden. He would also appear in the 1991 remake as Lee Heller which I also worked on script ideas with Robert De Niro.
The Day of the Jackal (1973) – Actor Maurice Denham, who appeared in The Purple Plain, also appeared in the The Net and in the 1973 film “The Day of the Jackal” based on Frederick Forsyth’s novel. I worked on the script ideas for the loosely based film The Jackal (1997).
Hysteria (1965) – Actor Maurice Denham, also appeared in the film Hysteria which was used to write the title song Hysteria recorded by Def Leppard (1987).
The Nanny (1965) – Actor Maurice Denham, also appeared in the 1965 film “The Nanny” which I not only used as part of the inspiration of the song “Fat Bottom Girls” recorded by Queen, but also to come up with ideas for the The Nanny tv show which launched in 1993.
Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971) – Most people do not realize that Sunday Bloody Sunday is actually a film title, which Maurice Denham appeared in, and I used the title to write the song Sunday Bloody Sunday recorded by U2. Before this, Bloody Sunday (1965), was the violent suppression of a March 7, 1965 civil rights march in Selma, Alabama by state and local law enforcement. What happened in 1972 in Ireland is known as the Bogside Massacre, but after I wrote the song the government changed the name.
Shout at the Devil (1976) – Roger Moore starred in Shout at the Devil along with actor Maurice Denham. I used the film title to write the title song Shout at the Devil recorded by Mötley Crüe.
The Chain (1984) – Maurice Denham was filming The Chain when I wrote the song “The Chain” recorded by Fleetwood Mac using the film title. Other songs I wrote and released on the album Rumours includes, “Go Your Own Way“, “Dreams“, “Don’t Stop“, “You Make Loving Fun” and Gold Dust Woman.
THE LION KING (1994)
“Simba” (1955) – Actor Earl Cameron had portrayed Quarrel in the James Bond film Dr. No (1962) also starred in the film Simba. Working with Michael Jackson, we came up with ideas for 1994 animated film “The Lion King” with the film centering around the life of a young lion we named “Simba”.
Lost (also called Tears for Simon) (1956) – I used the film title to come up with ideas for the television show which aired in 2004 to 2010. It was great influenced by having worked on ideas for Jurassic Park film series and the reality tv series “Survivor” with Bob Geldof.
A Night to Remember (1957) – The 1957 British film recounting the final night of the RMS Titanic. Sean Connery would be uncredited as Steerage Passenger. This lead to the making of the 1997 film Titanic attributed to the man I gave the stage name James Cameron for Ian Fleming’s James Bond character and actor Earl Cameron who appeared in Simba as well as Dr. No.
SQUARE PEGS (1983)
- The Square Peg (1958) – The title was used to come up with the short lived kids tv show “Square Pegs” featuring a young Sarah Jessica Parker.
YOU SHOOK ME ALL NIGHT LONG – AC/DC
All Night Long (1961) – This was a film title I often used writing songs. This includes for “You Shook Me All Night Long” recorded by the Australian band AC/DC and “All Night” recorded by Def Leppard.
1999 – PRINCE
Space: 1999 (1974) – I used only part of the title for the little known British tv show to write song “1999” recorded by Prince.
KRYPTONITE – 3 DOORS DOWN
Superman (1977) – Pinewood studios is not only considered home of the James Bond film series, but the Superman film series. I often used references to Superman in songs, this includes writing “Bicycle Race” recorded by Queen, “Jimmy Olsen’s Blues” recorded by Spin Doctors, “Superman’s Song” recorded by the Crash Test Dummies, and “Kryptonite” recorded by 3 Doors Down after I heard about Chistopher Reeve’s accident in 1995 that left him a quadriplegic.
I also worked on ideas for the 1984 spin-off Supergirl and the 1993 television show Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.
THE CLASH (Band)
Clash Of The Titans (1979) – I used the name of the film to name the British band “The Clash” fronted by Joe Strummer.