Monday, February 18, 2008

Happy birthday, Len Deighton.

Len Deighton, ex-pastry cook and author of spy novels such as The Ipcress File (1962; film 1965), Funeral in Berlin (1964; film 1966), and Berlin Game (1983), was born today in London in 1929.

He also used my surname for a character. "Ferdy Foxwell," friend of spy Armstrong, appears in Spy Story (1974; film 1976). I'm uncertain where Deighton came across the name, but the producer of The Quiller Memorandum by Adam Hall (aka Elleston Trevor) was Ivan Foxwell.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

One of my all time favourite writers. I assume he is now retired as he hasn't written a novel for years. Thanks for bringing his name up.