Bond writer's lover gets film
Ian Fleming's lover Christine Granville, who was herself a spy and apparently the inspiration for the written character of Vesper Lynd in Casino Royale (Filmstalker review) and possibly for Tatiana Romanova in From Russia With Love, is to become immortalised in film.
Christine: War My Love is touted as being a big budgeted film with a big star taking the leading role. As yet though, there's no idea how much Ian Fleming will play in her story, a story which is fascinating and sounds like it comes from a Fleming novel.
The film will tell the story of Polish countess Krystyna Skarbek who changed her name to Christine Granville during her time working for Britain’s Special Operations Executive in World War II.
She actually became an agent a few months before the SOE was created and joined them to become the most successful and longest serving British female agents, and she was awarded the OBE, George Medal and the Croix de Guerre.
During her time participating in and organising the fight against the enemy she was involved in many life or death situations, some which do really sound like they are right out of a spy novel. She wasn't a paper pusher, she was out there living a dangerous existence and putting her life on the line for the war effort.
Never mind the lover of Ian Fleming or a being based on a character in one of his novels, her life sounds much more like the female Bond.
While all that is the exciting side of her life, what I hope isn't missed out is how the country who she fought for treated her after the war. When she had given up everything for her new country, they returned the favour with a month's salary and let her go.
She struggled after that, trying to regain the excitement and danger she had running through her life while she was in the war. She went through a series of relationships and even took to the sea as a stewardess. It is around this time that she began a relationship with the Bond writer Ian Fleming.
The danger hadn't left her life however as in 1952, at the age of forty-four, she was stabbed to death by a fellow merchant-marine steward, Dennis Muldowney. Apparently he was obsessing over her after she refused his advances and had been following her and pestering her for some time. He was executed very quickly after the murder and the exact details behind her death have never been properly explained.
It sounds like the story of her life would make for a fascinating one, with or without the Ian Fleming part, and if The Daily Mail are correct it looks like her story is headed for a big budget and highly cast cinema outing.
Debbie McWilliams has been involved in the casting of many of the Bond films both as an assistant and as director, now she's on the lookout for the lead to play Christine Granville in Christine: War My Love. She was the casting director when Eva Green was selected to play Vesper Lynd and there's rumour that she's being eyed for the role of Granville. Also rumoured is Kate Winslet, but then any British role right now she'd be connected with wouldn't she?
How will this turn out makes for a good guess. More Ms Bond or Charlotte Gray, neither seems attractive to me, and yet the written story is fascinating. There are a number of books about her real life story, and although they aren't credited, perhaps some of the background will come from these and we'll see a more factual, less action or romantic account of her life. (Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com)