From Agatha Christie’s vertigo to Hercule Poirot’s royal obituary: fifteen little-known facts about Death on the Nile

death on the nileis one of Agatha Christie’s novels that made it to the big screen. The most recent adaptation is in charge of Kenneth Branagh, with a cast that includes names like Armie Hammer, Laetitia Wright and Gal Gadot.. After its debut in local cinemas, it is preparing its arrival in streaming on the Disney + platform, this April 20.

The story depicts famed detective Hercule Poirot (Branagh) solving a complex murder case aboard the SS Karnaka luxury cruise ship that sails the exotic waters of the Nile. A group of charismatic characters of different ages, backgrounds and social classes move around the ship, summoned to celebrate a marriage and linked in different ways to the crime in question.

Below is a series of facts and curiosities about the film and the book that inspired it.

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a. This is a second adaptation, 44 years later. Kenneth Branagh’s new film is the second film production of the novel “Death on the Nile”. The first version dates from 1978 and was filmed in Egypt, with the debut of actor Peter Ustinov in the character of Hercule Poirot. The star cast of this adaptation also includes actresses Bette Davis and Mia Farrow.

of them. There is a shared unease between Poirot and its author. About boats and murders on the high seas: Writer Agatha Christie suffered from seasickness while traveling by boat… also Poirot.

3. There was family involvement. In the realization of “Death on the Nile” two close relatives of Agatha Christie participated, her grandson Mathew Prichard and his great-grandson James Prichard. Both are members of the famous author’s estate and tasked with protecting his legacy.

Four. Poirot’s features have been rigorously worked. Poirot’s mustache was so prominent that Agatha Christie was asked to endorse his appearance in the 1965 mystery comedy “The Alphabet Murders,” starring actor Tony Randall as the detective.

5. The first appearance of “Death on the Nile” was on the radio. ‘Death on the Nile’ hit radio in 1997, with a BBC Radio adaptation that cemented the legendary actor John Moffat like Poirot’s voice.

6. The novel came into the world player. “Death on the Nile” doesn’t just have two film adaptations and one for radio. A video game based on the novel was released in 2007, in the genre of hidden object games.

7. Christie chose the actors for his productions. After seeing actress Joan Hickson in a stage version of “Death on the Nile” in 1946, Christie wrote her a letter hoping that one day she would play the famous character Miss Marple. Thirty-eight years later, and for six years, the actress played the lovable old lady of St. Mary Mead in BBC adaptations of Christie’s works.

8. Christie’s inspiration came from a journey. “Death on the Nile” was written after Agatha Christie returned from a winter in Egypt.

9. Agatha Christie expressed her opinion on “Death on the Nile”. In the novel’s prologue, the writer describes the story as “one of his best” travel books.

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ten. Poirot’s death had its place in the New York Times. Detective Hercule Poirot was the first – and so far only – fictional character to have a New York Times front-page obituary. The article was published in 1975, on the occasion of the launch of the novel “Curtain: Poirot’s Last Case”, in which the famous detective dies.

Eleven.Agatha Christie left a considerable body of work. The writer’s prolific career spans five decades, with 66 detective novels, 6 non-detective novels and 150 short stories.

12.Christie asked as screenwriter. Christie also entered the film world in 1962, writing a one-off screenplay based on Charles Dickens’ novel “Bleak House.” The adaptation never screened.

13.Agatha Christie’s screen debut. Christie’s first story to be adapted for the big screen was a short story from “The Mysterious Mr. Quin” collection, made into the 1928 film “The Late Mr. Quinn.”

14.The screen debut of Christie’s novels. As for his novels, the first to reach the cinema was “The Secret Adversary”, adapted in 1929 by a German production under the title of “Die Abenteuer GMBH”

fifteen.Agatha Christie had an inexhaustible vocation. Christie considered retiring at age 75, but her books were selling so well that she decided to continue writing for at least five years, eventually doing so for about a year before passing away at age 86.

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