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Crowley in the Times online  


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19/08/2008 1:09 pm  

Found this online, Crowley is mentioned briefly as the inspiration for le chiffre!:-

Fleming’s villains, like his heroes, are patchworks of different people, names and traits. Le Chiffre, the Benzedrine-sniffing villain of Casino Royale, is believed to be based on Aleister Crowley, who gained notoriety in inter-war Britain as “the Wickedest Man in the World”. Crowley was a bisexual, sado-masochistic drug addict. A master of Thelemic mysticism (“Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law”), he specialised in mountaineering, interpreting the Ouija board, orgies and thrashing his lovers. The press simultaneously adored and hated him. Crowley made Le Chiffre seem positively sane.

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22/08/2008 12:02 am  

Wouldn't really call any of those "specialties" major points of his career.

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09/08/2010 6:41 pm  

If this is so then the world of the great Orson Wellles has collided with that of the King of all the Britains at least twice.

Orson played Le Chiffre in the first Casino Royale film and he also had intentions of producing a play of an Aleister Crowley story.

Incredible but true!!

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09/08/2010 7:44 pm  

Not a play of a story but a play. In late 1944 AC wrote in his diary that a contact of his had given a copy of Mortadello to Orson Welles. It seems that nothing came of it.