November 22-23, 2008
David’s Q & A
I accompanied David to his Q & A panel at on Sunday, but he didn’t need me to.
David introduced me as the author of our book and gave me a wonderful plug. David sat in the Left hand chair up at the front of the next to the Moderator. I sat quietly behind David off to the left side. The room had about 30 chairs and about 2/3’s of them were already full and within five minutes some more people came in and filled up the back.
Dori was front
and center. There were a lot of other attendees with cameras up who took a
steady stream of pictures while David did his thirty minute talk. David told
good stories about the usual subjects, The Fly, The James Bond films and
his early days at Fox. Most of what he talked about on the Fly – is in his
interview in The Fly book and some of what he said about his early days
at Fox is in the his audio commentary on The Fly
a little on what his early days at Fox Studios were like. He was glad he was put
under contract with Fox, because in order to be close to the studio, he had to
He was sad to
see the Fox Studio sell off their back lot five years into his contract. David
said that the back lot was a very interesting place – at least to him – with all
the streets made up to be
Also because the young actors did not have much money when they were first starting out, David would put the top down on his red convertible and he and his friends would “cruise” up and down the various streets of that (immense) back lot for something (inexpensive) to do on a Saturday night.
The old Fox
back lot is now
David had asked someone at Warner Brothers why they didn’t offer him a contract in 1957 and they said they weren’t hiring anyone at the time. David recently visited the Warner Studios to audition for the series Cold Case and he was taken aback at how much security there was now. David kept having to show his driver’s license everywhere he went. I’m sure the attempts to get sneak out footage of high profile movies like The Dark Knight has had more than a little to do with that increase. David seemed to be lamenting the days when he could drive onto the Fox lot; be recognized on sight and waved on through.
David talked about the Bond films and how he was cast for Live and Let Die and then Licence to Kill. He was very relaxed and answered all the questions put to him. One poor guy tried to leave quietly before David’s panel was done, but David wasn’t about to let him sneak out the door, getting a good laugh from the rest of people in the room.
David was in the middle of a Bond story, telling about how Geoffrey Holder would sign movie scores to him on the set of Live and Let Die and David would have to guess what Movie it was – when Richard Kiel rolled into the room on his Lark.
Richard warmly, as “my old friend.”
I was told later by one of the attendees how she realized as she was sitting and listening to David tell his stories how much history was sitting there in front of her. That David was part of something that is long gone now and how good it was to still have him here to tell us about how it was back in the day. David really does tell good stories.