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John Hopkins is a Actor and Scriptwriter British born on 27 january 1931 at London (United-kingdom)

John Hopkins

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Birth name John Ricard Hopkins
Nationality United-kingdom
Birth 27 january 1931 at London (United-kingdom)
Death 23 july 1998 (at 67 years) at Los Angeles (USA)

John Richard Hopkins (sometimes credited as John R. Hopkins; 27 January 1931 – 23 July 1998) was an English film, stage, and television writer.


Born in southwest London, Hopkins was educated at Raynes Park County Grammar School and St Catharine's College, Cambridge. He began his career as a studio manager for BBC Television in the 1950s, before establishing himself as a writer on the BBC's popular police drama Z-Cars during the early 1960s. Hopkins eventually wrote over ninety episodes of Z-Cars, one of which featured young actress Judi Dench in the role of a delinquent youngster. This character inspired Hopkins to write what is probably his most remembered work for the small screen, the four-part play sequence Talking to a Stranger (1966). Starring Dench and transmitted as part of BBC2's Theatre 625 anthology series, the plays told the story of one bleak weekend from the viewpoints of four members of the same family. Two Wednesday Plays from this period by Hopkins were Fable from January 1965 and Horror of Darkness broadcast the following March. The former imagines an inverted South African apartheid in Britain while the later is a rare exploration of homosexuality in the 1960s.

His plays for the stage included Next of Kin, which was produced at London's National Theatre in 1974 with Harold Pinter directing.

In film, Hopkins provided finishing touches to the screenplay for the 1965 James Bond movie Thunderball, and also worked on the script for the 1972 film adaptation of Man of La Mancha, although he was removed from this project by United Artists when they discovered that his draft omitted most of the songs from the musical. In 1968, his stage play This Story of Yours opened, impressing actor Sean Connery so much that he chose it as a personal film project under the working title Something Like the Truth. Connery also acted in the film version, directed by Sidney Lumet and released in 1972 as The Offence.

His later television work includes the Play for Today A Story to Frighten the Children (1976), and the adaptation of John le Carré's novel Smiley's People (1982), starring Alec Guinness, both for the BBC; and the Cold War espionage thriller Codename: Kyril (1988) for ITV.

Hopkins died at his home in Woodland Hills, California, United States, in July 1998, following an accident in which he slipped, hit his head and fell unconscious into his swimming pool, where he drowned.

Best films

Thunderball (1965)

Usually with

Kevin McClory
Kevin McClory
(1 films)
Bernard Lee
Bernard Lee
(2 films)
Peter Hunt
Peter Hunt
(1 films)
Sean Connery
Sean Connery
(2 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of John Hopkins (10 films)

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The Pool
The Pool (2001)
, 1h29
Origin German
Genres Thriller, Horror, Slasher
Themes Serial killer films
Actors James McAvoy, Isla Fisher, Thorsten Grasshoff, Kristen Miller, John Hopkins, Cordelia Bugeja
Roles Frank
Rating44% 2.2097052.2097052.2097052.2097052.209705
Pour fêter la fin de l'année scolaire et des études, une grande fête est organisée par les étudiants dans la plus grande piscine de Prague. Seule ombre au tableau, un tueur en série va s'inviter à la fête.Le massacre va pouvoir commencer.


Dunston Checks In, 1h28
Directed by Ken Kwapis
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Adventure
Themes Films about animals, Films about apes, Children's films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Jason Alexander, Eric Lloyd, Faye Dunaway, Rupert Everett, Paul Reubens, Glenn Shadix
Roles Histoire
Rating54% 2.700122.700122.700122.700122.70012
Lionel Spalding (Glenn Shadix) arrives at the Majestic Hotel, a 5-star Hotel, when he ends up accidentally being hosed by Kyle (Eric Lloyd) and Brian (Graham Sack), much to the stress and frustration of the hotel manager and the boys' father Robert Grant (Jason Alexander), who is disappointed with the boys but they are guaranteed a vacation afterwards, only to be forced to delay the trip for a third time by the ruthless hotel owner, Elena Dubrow (Faye Dunaway), due to the upcoming Crystal Ball where one of the guests is revealed to be a critic from the Le Monde Traveller Organization who they hope will reward the Majestic with a sixth star.
Hiroshima (1995)
, 3h10
Directed by Roger Spottiswoode, Koreyoshi Kurahara, Hideo Sekigawa
Origin Canada
Genres Drama, Documentary
Themes Environmental films, Seafaring films, Transport films, Aviation films, Documentary films about environmental issues, Documentary films about war, Documentary films about historical events, Documentary films about nuclear technology, Documentary films about technology, Political films, Documentary films about World War II
Actors Eiji Okada, Kenneth Welsh, Ken Jenkins, Yumeji Tsukioka, Tatsuo Matsumura, Wesley Addy
Roles Writer
Rating79% 3.9874353.9874353.9874353.9874353.987435
The film opens in April 1945 with the death of Franklin Roosevelt and the succession of Harry Truman to the presidency. In Europe, the Germans are close to surrender, but in the Pacific the bloody battle for Okinawa is still underway and an invasion of the Japanese home islands is not foreseen until the autumn. American battle casualties have almost reached 900,000, with Japanese casualties at 1.1 million, and some 8 million Asian civilians have died in the war that began with Japan's invasion of Manchuria in 1931.
Codename: Kyril, 3h28
Directed by Ian Sharp
Origin United-kingdom
Actors Edward Woodward, Ian Charleson, Joss Ackland, Richard E. Grant, John McEnery, Espen Skjønberg
Rating67% 3.3575953.3575953.3575953.3575953.357595
In Moscow, Marshal Stanov (Peter Vaughan), the head of the KGB, realizes that there must be a traitor within the KGB Moscow Center who is leaking high-level information to MI6, the British Secret Intelligence Service. He secretly sends his most trusted operative, Colonel Ivan Bucharensky (Ian Charleson), as an agent provocateur to the West in order to force the traitor to reveal himself out of fear of exposure.
Smiley's People (TV miniseries), 6h
Directed by Simon Langton
Origin United-kingdom
Actors Alec Guinness, Michael Byrne, Bill Paterson, Anthony Bate, Bernard Hepton, Eileen Atkins
Rating85% 4.296554.296554.296554.296554.29655
The series Smiley’s People closely follows the plot of the original novel. It tells the story of George Smiley, called out of retirement when one of his former assets/contacts, an émigré general, is found murdered. In tidying up loose ends for the "Circus", his former employers, he finds Vladimir had uncovered a clandestine operation run by his nemesis, Karla, for his own personal benefit. Smiley is able to use this irregularity against Karla, forcing him to defect to the West.
Murder by Decree, 2h4
Directed by Bob Clark
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime
Themes Sherlock Holmes films, Buddy films
Actors Christopher Plummer, James Mason, David Hemmings, Susan Clark, Frank Finlay, Geneviève Bujold
Roles Ecriture du scénario
Rating68% 3.4456753.4456753.4456753.4456753.445675
Sherlock Holmes et le docteur Watson sont sur la piste de Jack l'Éventreur. Leur enquête va les mener dans l'entourage de la famille royale, du gouvernement britannique et de la franc-maçonnerie.
The Offence, 1h58
Directed by Sidney Lumet
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime
Themes Films based on plays
Actors Sean Connery, Trevor Howard, Vivien Merchant, Ian Bannen, Peter Bowles, Derek Newark
Roles Writer
Rating69% 3.498183.498183.498183.498183.49818
Detective-Sergeant Johnson (Connery) has been a police officer for 20 years, and is deeply affected by the murders, rapes, and other violent crimes he has investigated. He is plagued by images of violence, and is losing his mind under the strain.
Thunderball, 2h4
Directed by Ricou Browning, Terence Young, Peter Hunt
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Thriller, Action, Adventure, Spy
Themes Films about children, Spy films, Seafaring films, Films about terrorism, Transport films, Underwater action films, Arme nucléaire
Actors Sean Connery, Claudine Auger, Adolfo Celi, Luciana Paluzzi, Rik Van Nutter, Desmond Llewelyn
Rating69% 3.4974353.4974353.4974353.4974353.497435
James Bond—MI6 agent 007 and sometimes simply "007"—attends the funeral of Colonel Jacques Bouvar, a SPECTRE operative (Number 6). Bouvar is alive and disguised as his own widow, but Bond identifies him. Following him to a château, Bond fights and kills him, escaping using a jetpack and his Aston Martin DB5.
Two Left Feet, 1h33
Directed by Roy Ward Baker
Origin USA
Actors Michael Crawford, David Hemmings, Nyree Dawn Porter, Julia Foster, Bernard Lee, Michael Craze
Rating68% 3.414043.414043.414043.414043.41404
Based on David Stuart Leslie's novel, Two Left Feet is a story about Alan Crabbe (Michael Crawford) a callow youth desperate for a date with any girl who can offer him the experience he lacks. Every time Alan tries a manful stride into the jungle of sex, his two left feet turn the attempt into a trip-and-stumble. Then he meets Eileen (Nyree Dawn Porter), the new waitress at the corner cafe, and some sparks begin to fly.