Shortly after reading Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None in Seventh Grade, I became enamored with the English crime novelist, using much of my Bar Mitzvah money to buy her books and tearing through them.Â Â I always enjoyed the read, but as a adult, can remember few of the plots, save that of that first novel I read — and that of The Murder of Roger Ackroyd.
Perhaps, remembering my adolescent love for Dame Agatha, I recently bought two of her DVDs when I saw them on sale, Evil Under the Sun (which had a character with the same surname as I!) and Death on the Nile. Â Both had “all-star” casts, the former featuring James Mason, Roddy McDowall and Maggie Smith, the latter featuring Smith, Bette Davis, Mia Farrow. David Niven and Angela Lansbury. Â Both films were entertaining and engaging, but neither really stood out as great cinema.
I know, over the years, I’ve seen a great variety of movies adapted from Christie’s novels, but can remember only one because it featured Elizabeth Taylor, The Mirror Crack’d. So, I wondered if her movies were like her books, engaging stories, but lacking memorable plots or themes.
Are there other movies adapted from Christie novels of this caliber?