Historic Movie Trivia
Just discovered this while doodling through “Letters of Note“:
In September of 1959, as he began to assemble a cast and crew for the first James Bond movie, Ian Fleming sent the following telegram to fellow novelist Eric Ambler, and asked him to find out whether his friend, Alfred Hitchcock, would like to direct. Hitchcock, who had recently wowed audiences with his action-packed thriller, North by Northwest, soon turned down the offer and, thankfully, chose to bring Psycho to the big screen instead. The Bond treatment in question wasn’t used until the year after, at which point Fleming turned it into the novel, Thunderball.