ORIGINAL: Grapeshot Bob
ORIGINAL: Ohio Jones
What two famous film scribes met while doing intelligence work in Canada?
I'll take an educated guess. Ian Flemming (who wrote the James Bond novels and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) and someone else. I'm not sure who the other person was. Did it happen at Camp X?
Fleming is correct, and Camp X is also correct. Fleming visited Camp X (STS103), near Oshawa, Ontario, to audit their training in preparation for his own work in Britain. SOE was the model for his take on British Intelligence. (NB: While Fleming had stated that he'd named his character for the author of a birding book, his flat inToronto was just down the road from St. James-Bond United Church!)
While at Camp X Fleming struck up a friendship with the Propaganda instructor, Major Paul Dehn, who went on to write (with Richard Maibaum) the screen adaptation for GOLDFINGER. Dehn also penned NIGHT OF THE GENERALS, THE SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD and several PLANET OF THE APES films. Two years before his death, he won an Oscar for 1974's adaptation of MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS.