Skip to main content

Richard Maibaum Papers

Identifier: MsC0149

  • Staff Only
  • Please navigate to collection organization to place requests.

Scope and Contents

The collection is divided into ten major series: Personal papers, Film Projects, Stage Projects, Television Projects, James Bond Projects, Technical and Historical Research Data, Defense Studies, Moving Parts, Scale Models, and Sylvia Kamion Maibaum Papers. Each series is arranged alphabetically by subject or title, and chronologically within these divisions.

The Personal Papers include biographical material, correspondence, interviews, tributes, photographs, and other general files that are unassociated with specific projects.

The Film Projects series is composed of produced and unproduced projects which involved Richard Maibaum as screenwriter or producer. Scripts, clippings, reviews, and other associated materials can be found within the specific project.

The James Bond material appears in a separate series, containing an extensive collection of notes, sketches, screen treatments, screenplay drafts, and final scripts representing most of the James Bond movies. Of the sixteen films produced by Cubby Broccoli, Maibaum wrote or co-wrote thirteen. Clippings, correspondence, publicity material, articles, photographs, and other items complete this 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 following two series, Technical and Historical Research Data and Defense Studies, contain research material on war-related topics, including notes, clippings, broachures, and model kit diagrams.

The Moving Parts series consists of drawings, guides, and documents associated with Moving Parts: The Richard Maibaum Films Miniatures Collection as compiled by Maibaum's son, Matthew. Bound volumes and related research can also be found here.

The Sylvia Kamion Maibaum Papers series consists of documents, correspondence, and music arrangements from and for Maibaum's wife, Sylvia. This series also contains some work from Bernard Whitefield and Matthew Maibaum.

See below note for more on Scale Models.


  • Creation: 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.

Genre / Form




Uniform Title

Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the University of Iowa Special Collections Repository

Special Collections Department
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City IA 52242 IaU
319-335-5900 (Fax)