John Adam in Eden [ePub]

by Christopher Wood

Christopher Wood graduated from Cambridge with degrees in economics and law before doing military service in Cyprus and Africa.

In the late sixties, Wood was working as an advertising executive. He used the long daily commute to London from his home in Royston to write books. His first, Make It Happen to Me, was inspired by his time in Africa, and his second, 'Terrible Hard,' Says Alice, by his military service in Cyprus. The paperback rights to the first of these books were picked up by Sphere.

Wood felt trapped by the expectation that he would produce more serious novels like his first two. He wanted an idea that would be profitable enough to allow him to write full-time. This is when he came up with the idea of a series of books which combined his own experience of doing manual jobs as a youth with the mythology of the randy window cleaner. Thus was Timothy Lea born. Timothy Lea was the hero of, and Wood's pseudonym for, a series of nineteen bawdy comic novels beginning with Confessions of a Window Cleaner in 1971 and finishing with Confessions from a Haunted House in 1979. In each book, Timmy would relate his misadventures in a new occupation, often using his own eccentric terms as well as traditional Cockney rhyming slag. These books were so popular that, in 1974, Wood invented a new characer/pseudonym - Rosie Dixon - which he used for a series of nine novels, beginning with Confessions of a Night Nurse and finishing with Rosie Dixon, Barmaid in 1977. Rosie Dixon was his second female character/pseudonym. The first was stewardess Penny Sutton whose series of five novels began in 1973 with The Stewardesses. Wood also created another character/pseudonym in 1974 - Oliver Grape - a sexually frustrated 14-year-old whose adventures ran to three volumes. And he wrote one novel - Soccer Thug under the pseudonym Frank Clegg. Wood wrote the screenplays for four movies adapted from his Timothy Lea novels and one from the first of the Rosie Dixon books.

Wood co-wrote the script for the 1977 James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me with Richard Maibaum and scripted its follow-up Moonraker in 1979. And he became the first person to write a film tie-in novel for a James Bond film - James Bond, The Spy Who Loved Me, followed by James Bond and Moonraker. Wood's other screenwriting credits include the sitcom Lovely Couple in 1979 and the movie Remo Williams : The Adventure Begins (1985).

10.09.2010

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