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Richard Maibaum Papers

Identifier: MsC0149

Scope and Contents

The collection is divided into six major series: Personal papers, Film Projects, Stage Projects, Television Projects, "James Bond" Projects, and Technical and Historical Research Data. Each series is then arranged alphabetically by subject or title, and chronologically within these divisions. Some material, such as clippings or correspondence, may appear in more than one series. When a work exists in more than one form, it is filed in the series corresponding to the final version.

The Personal Papers include biographical material, correspondence, interviews, and tributes, together with other subject files. The Film Projects series is composed of produced and unproduced projects which involved Richard Maibaum as screenwriter or producer. The "James Bond" material appears in a separate series. Some of Maibaum's earliest works are contained in Stage Projects, including his master's thesis (The Tree) which was produced at The University of Iowa. This was one of the first creative works ever accepted as a thesis by any University. Among the items in the Television Projects are teleplays, clippings, and correspondence.

The "James Bond" series is an extensive collection of notes, sketches, screen treatments, screenplay drafts, and final scripts representing most of the "James Bond" movies. Of the sixteen "James Bond" films produced by Cubby Broccoli, Maibaum wrote or co-wrote thirteen. Clippings, correspondence, publicity material, articles, photographs, and other items complete this series. The Technical and Historical Research Data files contain informative matter on a variety of subjects.


  • 1931-1991


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is not held by the University of Iowa. Reproduction of any kind of the Richard Maibaum Papers is restricted. Any reproduction requests of drafts, treatments, scripts, or screenplays relating to James Bond films should be directed to Eon Productions and all other reproduction requests should be directed to Paul Maibaum


18.50 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



American screenwriter, producer and actor. Personal papers contains an actors file, clippings and correspondences.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was donated to the University of Iowa Libraries by Mr. and Mrs. Carl Jack in 1959. Gifted by Richard and Sylvia Maibaum in 1991.

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Iowa Special Collections Repository

Special Collections Department
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City IA 52242 IaU
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