We have been informed by a trusted source that screenwriter Tom Mankiewicz, who had recently been battling cancer, passed away Saturday in Los Angeles at the age of 68. This news has yet to be officially confirmed by the Mankiewicz family or the media, so stand by.
Mankiewicz contributed to the James Bond world by working on the screenplays of Diamonds Are Forever, Live and Let Die and The Man with the Golden Gun. He also did an uncredited rewrite on The Spy Who Loved Me and helped the Broccoli’s and director Lewis Gilbert get Moonraker off the ground. Apart from 007 Mankiewicz is known for his screenplay involvement in the Christopher Reeve Superman films and 1985′s Ladyhawke.