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Alistair MacLean (1922–1987)


In the early 1980s, he was commissioned by an American film studio to write a series of story outlines to be subsequently produced as movies. MacLean compiled several stories about a fictitious United Nations crime-fighting organization, several of which were adapted as books by other authors. These include 'Death Train (1993) (TV)' and 'Night ... See more trivia »


(age 64) in Munich, Germany

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 1996 The Way to Dusty Death (TV Movie) (novel)
 1995 Detonator II: Night Watch (TV Movie) (story)
 1989 River of Death (novel "River of Death")
 1980 The Hostage Tower (TV Movie) (novel) / (story)
 1979 Bear Island (based on the novel by)
 1978 Force 10 from Navarone (novel)
 1977 Golden Rendezvous (novel "The Golden Rendezvous" - uncredited)
 1975 Breakheart Pass (novel) / (screenplay)
 1974 Caravan to Vaccares (novel)
 1972 Fear Is the Key (novel)
 1971 Puppet on a Chain (novel - uncredited) / (screenplay - as Alistair Maclean)
 1971 When Eight Bells Toll (novel - uncredited) / (screenplay - as Alistair Maclean)
 1968 Where Eagles Dare (novel - uncredited) / (screenplay) / (story)
 1968 Ice Station Zebra (novel)
 1965 The Satan Bug (novel - as Ian Stuart)
 1961 The Guns of Navarone (novel - as Alistair Maclean)
 1961 The Secret Ways (novel "The Secret Ways")

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Non-fiction: "All about Lawrence of Arabia". See more »

Alternate Names:

Alistair Maclean | Ian Stuart

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Film rights to his novel, Night Without End, were acquired by Paramount in 1959 for producers George Seaton and William Perlberg. Novelist Eric Ambler was hired to write the screenplay, while William Holden, Debbie Reynolds and Lilli Palmer were cast in lead roles. As late as 1961, the producers still planned location shoots in Scandinavia or Alaska, but the film was never made. See more »

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