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James Shearer
London, United Kingdom

Hello all

Thank you for visiting my profile.

I am a former Scotland Yard Specialist Operations detective. During my career (and in addition to routine murder squads), I served on both the Central Drug Squad and the Regional Crime Squad. Whilst serving on the former, I was part of a team responsible for seizing the (then) largest illicit cocaine hydrochloride consignment to be landed in the UK — a tonne of coke tracked from Venezuela to London utilising a US DEA satellite. When on the latter squad, one notable success was the recovery of paintings belonging to the Beit collection: masterpieces stolen by both the IRA and later, an infamous Dublin criminal, Martin Cahill, known as The General (played by Brendan Gleeson in the movie, The General). Another was the seizure of a large chunk of the Mapplethorpe collection, artwork stolen from the Mapplethorpe Foundation, New York.

In addition, I was the detective who convinced the hierarchy at the Yard that an undercover detective (a "buyer") able to skydive would be too large a temptation for drug traffickers not to utilise as a unique means of importing class A drugs into the UK; and as a result of Scotland Yard giving the idea the green light, I was able to infiltrate an Asian cartel importing multi kilos of heroin into the UK.

Furthermore, with the help of (then) Norman Tebbit MP,  we persuaded the Home Office to raise the quantity of drugs undercover police officers could purchase from criminals when partaking in test/sample buys.

Towards the end of my career, when responsible for money laundering investigations in the Caribbean region, I lived in Kingston, Jamaica. Though it could be a tad dodgy back then, I fell in love with the country, the people and the food. As for Blue Mountain coffee — well, Ian Fleming was right.

With the above background information in mind, it's worth mentioning there are so many ploys, tricks, cons, procedures, terms, scams, techniques, etc., used by both undercover police (and criminals) that writers of both film and television screenplays with a crime angle, are unaware. And errors! One that really annoys me is the villain wearing leather gloves. A professional criminal would know this is a taboo! Another is the myth regarding Interpol. Interpol does not investigate crime! In fact, it was a punishment posting for London detectives. And don't get me on the use of the word 'target' as said by police officer characters during briefings, surveillance, etc. It's time some of these methods/procedures/expressions, etc., were utilised/corrected in scripts . . .

I am also a published author — one book having reached No. 7 in the WHSmith best selling list. Another, I am reliably told by a former guest of one of Her Majesty's establishments, was the most read book in HMP Ford. However, my literary agent does not represent screenwriters, so here I am, etc.

A couple of years ago, McCoy Films, a Hollywood production company, attempted to option The Cruciverbalist. Alas, I was given bad advice at my end and foolishly rejected their offer. Such is life. I am now in the process of attempting to turn the story into a novel.

The screenplay Skydiver had technical assistance from a guy with whom I once worked. He is both ex UK special forces and MI6. It is he who (within the screenplay) explains the method of clandestine exfiltration from hostile territory by hitching a lift with a Royal Navy submarine, as well as one way poison can be delivered during the course of a government endorsed assassination. I'm not revealing any state secrets; he openly discusses such matters — and more — in his autobiography.

Also, if one went through the agony of reading all my screenplays, one might notice I frequently use the same names for characters, or rehash the same location, or describe the same action scenario, etc., eg, undercover police method or parachuting technique. Obviously, if a screenplay were optioned, similar references in other works would be deleted, or changed dramatically. Until then, I'll mix and match, etc. — writing what I know about.

Seven of my fifteen shorts are available for a peppercorn fee. If you seek to use any short screenplay, even the freebies, please ask me first.

Finally, if you download a screenplay and after reading it, decide you like it, please press the like option, the heart icon, under the scripts entry. All likes count!

I wish you all well in your writing endeavours . . .


P.S. I divide my time between homes in Scotland and London, but am always contactable and reply to all messages.

Scripts By James

The Gravy Train
An elderly couple know every con in the book.
Short Crime Available for Free 7pp
8 readers love this script
A New Orleans cop investigating a homicide discovers the victims husband is ex-UK Special Forces. She blackmails him into breaking into Louisiana State Penitentiary and killing her lover who languishes on death row.
Feature Action, Crime, Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller For sale 96pp
6 readers love this script
The Stowaway
Every cloud has a silver lining.
Short Drama Available for Free 1pp
5 readers love this script
A Nuisance Call
A humiliated politician extracts revenge.
Short Drama Available for Free 1pp
4 readers love this script
When Harry Killed Sally
Harry is smuggled across international borders, finally reaching Scotland — where Harry kills Sally.
Short Drama For sale 7pp
4 readers love this script
Released from prison, a con travels to Scotland to hunt down the corrupt ex-colleague who sent him down for a crime he didn't commit.
Short Drama For sale 13pp
4 readers love this script
The Draughtsman, The Smuggler and the Diamonds
Some crimes are worth the risk . . .
Short Crime, Drama For sale 8pp
3 readers love this script
The Swap
A shopper gets more than she bargained for.
Short Drama For sale 3pp
2 readers love this script
The Cruciverbalist
A teenage deserter from the Foreign Legion becomes the captive, feminized maid of a deranged woman. By learning his captors hobby, compiling crossword clues, he sends a coded plea to the outside world.
Feature Drama For sale 125pp
2 readers love this script
Exclusion Zone
After a lengthy stretch inside, an old con leaves prison and almost immediately makes plans to visit one of the most inhospitable places on earth to cash in on a thirty year secret.
Short Adventure, Crime, Drama For sale 31pp
1 reader loves this script
The Buy
Four expat criminals return to the UK to top up their bank accounts.
Short Drama For sale 26pp
1 reader loves this script
Homeward Bound
Two British spies in a far-flung region of the world await extraction.
Short Drama Available for Free 1pp
1 reader loves this script
Take Me In Your Arms
A posse of corrupt cops pick a fight with the wrong man.
Short Crime, Drama For sale 32pp
1 reader loves this script
The Scallop Diver
A retired IRA assassin attempting to live a quiet life is ordered to undertake one more hit; the murder of a former SAS soldier turned bestselling author.
Feature Crime, Drama For sale 98pp
1 reader loves this script
The Crime of the Century
If the S.S. Richard Montgomery explodes, the world will witness the largest non-nuclear explosion. And it's just got worse...
Feature Crime, Drama, Thriller For sale 98pp
1 reader loves this script
The Worm that Turned
Never underestimate the quiet guy...
Short Crime, Drama Available for Free 1pp
1 reader loves this script
Scotland's Yard
Scotland's beat used to be London — now the whole world is his playground...
TV Pilot Drama For sale 60pp
1 reader loves this script
A retired soldier in need of cash decides to skyjack an American airliner.
Short Action, Crime, Drama, History, Mystery For sale 11pp
1 reader loves this script
Sky Goddess
Layovers are never mundane for a sexually alluring flight attendant with an assertive streak.
Short Drama For sale 7pp
1 reader loves this script
Big Boys' Games, Big Boys' Rules (based on true events)
Two Islamic terrorists visit their arms cache for the last time.
Short Action For sale 6pp
1 reader loves this script