Thursday, August 13, 2015

Mike Frankovich Jr. Introduced Broccoli to Bond… Day 225 of Bond 365

Mike Frankovich Jr.
Born this day in 1942
Assistant Director for Diamonds Are Forever

Mike Frankovich Jr. got his start in show business in 1965 when he was hired as a production coordinator (uncredited) for the comedy film Winter A-Go-Go. A year later, he was being hired to be production manager for films. He became an assistant director in Doctors’ Wives (1971), the same year that he worked on Diamonds Are Forever.

Some of Frankovich’s notable projects include working on the television series Kojak as assistant director for eight episodes during 1973-1974. However, from 1974-1978, he was the unit director for 42 episodes. He also worked on tv series The Incredible Hulk starring Bill Bixby and Lou Ferrigno as well as the tv series Project U.F.O. (1978-1979) .

During the 1980s, Frankovich was going to make a film called Black Diamond, but it didn’t get off the ground. Because of legal reasons, Frankovich created Dawn Hunter as a replacement series for the comic book format. He also created Rayda and both were developed and released through AC Comics.

In an interview with AC Comics, Frankovich mentioned that as an aficionado of the spy genre, he read all of the James Bond books and that he had given Albert Broccoli a copy of a Bond novel. The rest is history.

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