The Bodyguard Man

Sergio Corbucci (screenwriter)
Philip Evans (novel)
Massimo Franciosa (screenwriter)

London: Virgin Films, Circa 1970s. Draft script for an unproduced film. Text in English. Director Sergio Corbucci and screenwriter Massimo Franciosa collaborated on 7 films between 1972-1989, all comedies.

Based on the 1973 novel by Philip Evans, about a former secret agent turned bodyguard tasked with protecting a Sardinian football player. Film rights to Evans' novel were acquired by Virgin Films in the year of publication, with noted Italian director Sergio Corbucci slated to direct and talk of George Best as the footballer, but the film was ultimately never made.

Corbucci rose to prominence in 1966 with his cult Spaghetti Western film "Django," a release considered to have set a new standard of violence in the genre. Corbucci is remembered one of Italy's most prolific exploitation directors, creating stylish, hyper-violent films in what is today known as the Euro Western and "poliziotteschi" genres, usually following lone antiheroes seeking retribution for past wrongs, as in "Navajo Joe" (1966), "Ringo and His Golden Pistol" (1966), and "The Cruel Ones" (1967), or left-leaning, proletarian protagonists, as in "The Mercenary" (1968), "The Specialists" (1969), and "Companeros" (1970).

Black untitled wrappers with a die-cut title window in the British style. Title page present, undated, with credits for novelist Philip Evans, screenwriters Sergio Corbucci and Massimo Franciosa, and translation credits to Bernie Cooper and Francis Megahy. 128 leaves, with last page of text numbered 125. Xerographic duplication, rectos only. Pages and wrapper Very Good plus, with a light dampstain to the bottom corners of the rear wrapper and first and last leaves, bound internally with two silver brads.

[Book #152813]