Arts and Entertainment A scene from the film Storage 24 that grossed $72 at the US box office

The film made less than £50 after being on release for a week

Suspected of being a Soviet spy – the man who created Dr. No

As the writer who brought James Bond to life on the big screen, Wolf Mankowitz was well versed in the skulduggery of the British intelligence services. What he did not know was that MI5 returned the favour by investigating him for more than a decade as a suspected Soviet spy.

The Last Airbender, M Night Shyamalan, 103 mins (PG)

Derivative plot, feeble characters, clunking dialogue, embarrassingly bad 3D special effects – M Night Shyamalan is at it again with his latest fantasy adventure

The Last Airbender In 3D (PG)

It comes as an anticlimax that M Night Shyamalan's much reviled fantasy epic isn't quite as bad as the more bilious US reviewers had suggested.

Suso Cecchi D'Amico: Screenwriter for De Sica and Visconti who also worked with Wyler, Zeffirelli and Jarman

Suso Cecchi D'Amico was Italy's most illustrious screenwriter; she contributed to classic films such as Bicycle Thieves and The Leopard, and collaborated with some of Italy's most distinguished directors, among them Antonioni, De Sica and Monicelli. She had a particularly rewarding association with Luchino Visconti, for whom she was a major scriptwriter on almost all his films from Bellissima (1951) to The Innocent (1976).

Knight and Day, James Mangold, 110 mins (12A)

We are meant to be dazzled by the sophisticated locations and baffled by the plot, but the real mystery is why anyone bothered

Tom Mankiewicz: Screenwriter and director whose witty scripts revitalised the James Bond franchise

Tom Mankiewicz was a screenwriter who made important contributions to several James Bond films, particularly Diamonds Are Forever (1971), the script of which coaxed Sean Connery to play Bond again after a brief "retirement" from the role, plus Live and Let Die (1973), which was Roger Moore's first venture as Bond, and The Man with the Golden Gun (1974). He also made a decided if controversial contribution to the success of the first two Superman movies, and he wrote the pilot show for the television series Hart to Hart, directing several episodes. He was much in demand as a "script doctor", called in to add character and humour to moribund screenplays – he once described himself as similar to a hired gunslinger, though he said the work was thankless: "If the film flops, you're accused of messing up someone else's script; if it succeeds, somebody else walks away with the Oscar." The director of Superman, Richard Donner, called him "one of the great storytellers of our industry".

Classics lost and found: Authors pick the modern classic they would like to revive

As novels of the past return as bestsellers, great old books please keen new readers.

Boyd Tonkin: Strangled and stifled by red tape

The week in books

Radcliffe returns in Hammer horror after completing final Potter movie

Daniel Radcliffe is to appear in a movie version of Susan Hill's best-selling Gothic horror novel The Woman In Black, made by the famed Hammer studios. It will be his first major role since completing work on the seventh and final Harry Potter film.

DJ Taylor: The art of self-promotion

Compare and contrast Lord Mandelson's bells-and-whistles publicity drive with the no-fuss approach to stardom shown by movie actress Penelope Cruz

Imperial Bedrooms, By Bret Easton Ellis

The most revelatory moment in Bret Easton Ellis's debut novel, Less Than Zero, published 25 years ago, comes pages before the end. It offers the reader a rare glimpse into the narrator's otherwise hermetically sealed inner life. Clay, a jaded 20-something living on the fringes of Hollywood, alongside like-minded children of privilege already bloated on LA's excesses, is confronted by his girlfriend about whether he has ever really cared. "I don't want to care. If I care about things, it'll just be worse, it'll just be another thing to think about. It's less painful if I don't care."

Diary: Long dark M Night of the soul

M Night Shyamalan must have thought he'd endured the worst reviews of his career for his 2006 movie, Lady in the Water ("This cloying piece of claptrap sets a high-water mark for pomposity, condescension, false profundity and true turgidity" – Wall Street Journal). But it looks like his latest, the unfortunately-named fantasy The Last Airbender, may yet outdo its predecessor. Early reviews include those by the estimable Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times (" The Last Airbender is an agonising experience in every category I can think of and others still waiting to be invented") and AO Scott of The New York Times (" The Last Airbender? Let's hope so").

Simon Usborne: Cycle 'superhighways' looking, well, a bit rubbish

They were billed as the answer to the battle for London’s streets raging between motorists and riders

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