R.I.P. Michael France (GoldenEye Screenwriter)

Michael France, 1962-2013

Screenwriter Michael France was found dead by his sister Friday morning.  Our deepest condolences go out to Michael’s family and friend for their sad loss..
Special thank to “Napoleon Solo” for posting the story.


ST. PETE BEACH — Hollywood screenwriter and Beach Theatre owner Michael France was discovered dead at his St. Pete Beach home Friday morning after an extended illness, his sister said. He was 51.

In recent years Mr. France struggled with diabetes that impaired his left arm and right leg. Nine months ago he was found comatose at his residence by his sister, who also discovered his body Friday.



Mr. France was one of Tampa Bay’s most successful movie industry figures, starting with his screenplay for 1993’s Cliffhanger starring Sylvester Stallone. That was followed two years later with a story credit for GoldenEye, reinvigorating the James Bond franchise with Pierce Brosnan. Mr. France also did uncredited work on the script for another 007 adventure, The World is Not Enough.

His final three produced screenplays were among the first Marvel Comics adaptations to the screen: Oscar winning director Ang Lee’s 2003 version of Hulk, Fantastic Four (2005) and a co-writing credit on The Punisher (2004), filmed around Tampa Bay.

  1 comment for “R.I.P. Michael France (GoldenEye Screenwriter)

  1. At the moeivs? We’ve seen a bunch of moeivs twice but I certainly can’t ever remember paying to see something more than twice.In the early days (before electricity!) we’d go to see double features (remember those?) most weeks so occasionally saw a movie we’d already seen. This is how we ended up seeing REPULSION twice!Over the years we’ve occasionally sat through a movie twice in a row – AMERICAN HOT WAX comes to mind – but we only paid once.The last movie we saw twice that I can remember is JUNO, which we saw in Brooklyn and then saw a second time in Florida. But that time we went to see another movie (DEFINTIELY, MAYBE) and walked into JUNO afterwards.Jeff M.

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