Richard Burges Smith (1962-2011) was a writer and creative director of digital media for trade shows and live events. After receiving a master's degree from the USC School of Cinema-Television, Smith sold his screenplay and master's thesis, the prison-based thriller Maverick, to Carolco Pictures. Smith's script was rewritten and produced as LOCK UP, a 1989 vehicle for Sylvester Stallone.
In 1993 Danjaq hired Smith to develop stories for the James Bond series, which had been on hiatus since LICENCE TO KILL (1989). Just months before Timothy Dalton resigned from the Bond role, Smith submitted a 37-page story treatment titled Reunion with Death.
The Paperback Film Projector's Phil Poggiali contributed an article about Smith's Bond story for the new issue (#43) of MI6 Confidential. The issue also includes a 20th anniversary retrospective of TOMORROW NEVER DIES, an interview with historian Henry Hemming, author of the biography M: Maxwell Knight, MI5's Greatest Spymaster, and the final interview with Karin Dor (YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE), who passed away in November. To order a copy, click here.