Wolf Mankowitz was born in 1924 in the East End of London, the heart of London's Jewish community. This background provided him with the material for three famous novels A Kid for Two Farthings, Make me an Offer, and My Old Man's a Dustman. A Kid for Two Farthings was adapted as a film by the director Carol Reed in 1955. Make me an Offer was filmed the year before. In 1958 he wrote the book for the hit West End musical Expresso Bongo. Mankowitz's remarkable output has included novels, plays, historical studies and the screenplays for many successful films which have received awards including the Oscar, Bafta and the Cannes Grand Prix. Mankowitz was hired as one of the screenwriters for the first Bond film, Doctor No. He later also collaborated on the screenplay for Casino Royale.Mankowitz died of cancer in 1998, in County Cork, Ireland.