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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 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 known as The General (Martin Cahill). Another was the seizure of a large chunk of the Mapplethorpe collection, artwork stolen from the Mapplethorpe Foundation, New York.

I was also the detective who convinced the hierarchy at the Yard that an undercover freefall parachutist could be used to infiltrate drug trafficking gangs — and with the help of Norman Tebbit MP,  persuaded the Home Office to raise the quantity of drugs undercover police officers could purchase from criminals when partaking in test 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.

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. It's time some of these methods/procedures/expressions, etc., were utilised 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 turning 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 escape from hostile waters 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 use 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 eight shorts are available for a peppercorn fee. If you seek to use any of them, 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 . . .

J

 

 

 

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Scripts By James

Skydiver
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
7 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
1 reader loves this script
Touch and Go (based on true events)
A love story, set amid the untold true tale of an intelligence gathering mission that used a British Airways flight as a Trojan Horse on the eve of the first Gulf War.
TV Pilot Action For sale 60pp
1 reader loves this script
The Filth (based on true events)
Cunning, courageous and corrupt; there's a reason Scotland Yard detectives are known as, The Filth.
TV Pilot Action, Adventure, Crime, Thriller For sale 48pp
1 reader loves this script
The Bird Feeder
A former UK special forces operator is blackmailed by the CIA into abducting a member of the British Royal family wanted stateside on paedophilia charges. Success leads to a far more dangerous assignment.
Feature Drama For sale 96pp
The Bird Feeder and the Paedophile Prince
A former UK special forces operator is blackmailed by the CIA into abducting a member of the British Royal family wanted stateside on paedophilia charges
Short Drama For sale 18pp
NORJAK
A retired soldier in need of cash decides to skyjack an American airliner.
Short Action, Crime, Drama, History, Mystery For sale 11pp
Bloody Sunday: The Revenge
Forty years after leaving London a criminal dynasty return to England and start where they left off — only this time they mean business.
Feature Action, Crime, Drama For sale 96pp
Shimie
His descendants left France in the 11th century and settled in Scotland. Over nine hundred years later Shimie returned, leading his Commandos onto the beach at Normandy.
Feature Action, Drama, History, War For sale 120pp
The Gravy Train (based on true events)
An elderly couple know every con in the book.
Short Crime Available for Free 6pp
2 readers love this script

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