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Also Known As: Died: January 4, 1991
Born: May 26, 1909 Cause of Death: heart attack
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: screenwriter, actor, producer, playwright

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Broadway stage actor and playwright who entered films in the mid-1930s as a writer. After serving as director of the Army's Combat Film Division during WWII, Maibaum became a producer, most notably of the film noir classic "The Big Clock" (1948). In the 1950s he moved to England where he wrote for Albert Broccoli, or co-wrote most of the "James Bond" screenplays beginning with the first, "Dr. No" (1963) and concluding with "Licence to Kill" (1989).

Broadway stage actor and playwright who entered films in the mid-1930s as a writer. After serving as director of the Army's Combat Film Division during WWII, Maibaum became a producer, most notably of the film noir classic "The Big Clock" (1948). In the 1950s he moved to England where he wrote for Albert Broccoli, or co-wrote most of the "James Bond" screenplays beginning with the first, "Dr. No" (1963) and concluding with "Licence to Kill" (1989).

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  The Great Gatsby (1949) 2nd Unit Director

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1932:
First play, "The Tree" produced on Broadway
1933:
Acted with the Shakespearean Repertory Theatre in New York
1935:
Worked as a screenwriter in Hollywood; signed a screenwriting contract with MGM for whom he wrote "Badman of Brimstone" (1938) and "Twenty Mule Team" (1940) both starring Wallace Beery
1936:
First screenplay, "We Went to College"
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Served in the Combat Film Division of the US Army as Lt. Colonel making training films
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Joined Paramount as producer-writer; produced "The Big Clock" (1948) and produced and wrote screenplay for "The Great Gatsby" (1949)
1946:
First film as producer, "O.S.S"
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Moved to England to work for producer Albert Broccoli's Warwick Films; first film for Broccoli and Irving Allen, "The Red Beret/Paratrooper"
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Returned to US; became an executive producer for MGM-TV
1963:
Wrote first James Bond screenplay, "Dr. No"
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Education

New York University: New York , New York -
University of Iowa: Iowa City , Iowa -
University of Iowa: Iowa City , Iowa -

Notes

In an article Mainbaum wrote after scripting the first three Bond films, he said that the movie character James Bond retained Ian Fleming's image of a "super sleuth, super fighter, super hedonist, super lover" but that the films "added another large dimension: humor. Humor vocalized in wry comments at critical moments. In the books, Bond was singularly lacking in this."--NY Times Obituary (Janaury 9, 1991)

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wife:
Sylvia Maibaum. Married c. 1935.

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sister:
Gladys Gould.
son:
Matthew Maibaum.
son:
Paul Maibaum. Director of photography.

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