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Book alleges actor Niven attempted suicide

LONDON, May 17 (UPI) -- A new book claims British actor David Niven unsuccessfully tried to commit suicide by shooting himself in a fit of sadness in 1946.

Mutant protein may cause ALS disease

BATH, England, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- British researchers have found an altered form of a common protein might be responsible for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS disease.

Connery, Sean Connery is Bond, James Bond

HATSFIELD, England, March 6 (UPI) -- What -- or who -- was British author Ian Fleming thinking of when he created James Bond may now be known thanks to high-tech gadgetry worthy of Q.

Sheridan Morley, theater critic, dies

LONDON, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- Sheridan Morley, a prominent British critic, biographer and broadcaster, has died in his home in London at the age of 65.

Crew filling up for 'Casino Royale'

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- "Million Dollar Baby" writer Paul Haggis has been tapped to write the next film in the James Bond series for Sony and MGM.

'Casino Royale' next James Bond film

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- "Casino Royale," author Ian Fleming's first James Bond book, is to be the next Bond film -- but without Pierce Brosnan.

'Get Carter' voted best British film

LONDON, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- A British magazine voted "Get Carter," a 1971 film starring Michael Caine known for its graphic violence and telephone sex, as best film.

Tarantino wants to direct James Bond film

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 14 (UPI) -- U.S. filmmaker Quentin Tarantino says he wants to direct a remake of the James Bond film "Casino Royale" with Pierce Brosnan.

Poll: Bush lead narrows in Florida

TAMPA, Fla., July 23 (UPI) -- A poll released Friday shows presumptive Democratic candidate John Kerry still trails President Bush in Florida by 2 points but is gaining.

James David Graham Niven (1 March 1910 – 29 July 1983), known as David Niven, was a British actor and novelist, best known for his roles as Phileas Fogg in Around the World in 80 Days and Sir Charles Lytton, a.k.a. "the Phantom," in The Pink Panther. He was awarded the 1958 Academy Award for Best Actor in Separate Tables.

David Niven was born in London, England. He was the son of William Edward Graham Niven (1878–1915) and Henriette Julia Degacher. He was named David for his birth on Saint David's Day. Niven often claimed that he was born in Kirriemuir, in the county of Angus in 1909, but his birth certificate showed this was not true.

Henriette was of French and British ancestry. She was born in Wales, the daughter of army officer William Degacher (1841–1879) by his marriage to Julia Caroline Smith, the daughter of Lieutenant General James Webber Smith. Niven's grandfather William Degacher was killed in action at the Battle of Isandlwana (1879), during the Zulu War. Born William Hitchcock, he and his brother Henry had followed the lead of their father, Walter Henry Hitchcock, in assuming their mother's maiden name of Degacher in 1874.

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