Celebrated Hollywood screenwriter Tom Mankiewicz has died at the age of 68.
The writer, best known for his work on a string of 007 movies, passed away at his home in Los Angeles on Friday (30Jul10) after a brief illness.
Mankiewicz began his career working in television and became known for helping create successful musical show Nancy Sinatra: Movin' with Nancy in 1967, which also starred Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and Lee Hazelwood.
He went on to write for the Broadway adaptation of Georgy Girl, which was nominated for three Tony Awards after it opened in 1970, but closed after just four performances.
Mankiewicz joined the superspy franchise in 1971, co-writing the script for Diamonds Are Forever, and he went on to work on numerous Bond films including Live and Let Die, The Man With the Golden Gun, The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker.
He later moved on to another famous franchise, bringing Superman to the big screen in the Man of Steel's self-titled cinematic debut in 1978. He also helped write 1980's Superman II.
Mankiewicz's other movie credits include The Cassandra Crossing, The Eagle Has Landed, Ladyhawke and 1987's Dragnet, which he also directed, according to the Hollywood Reporter.