Christopher Landon

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Christopher Landon
Born (1911-03-29)29 March 1911
West Byfleet, Surrey, England
Died 26 April 1961(1961-04-26) (aged 50)
Frognal, England
Nationality British
Other names Christopher Guy Landon
Occupation writer

Christopher Guy Landon, known as Christopher Landon (29 March 1911 – 26 April 1961) was a British writer of novels and screenplays, best known for his novel Ice Cold in Alex (1957) which he adapted faithfully for the big screen creating one of the most famous of war movies, likewise entitled Ice Cold in Alex (1958).


Landon was born in West Byfleet, Surrey.[1] His father was a stockjobber of Huguenot descent and he was a distant cousin of the author Perceval Landon. He was educated at Lancing College and Cambridge University.[1] He studied medicine.

Christopher Landon served with the 51st Field Ambulance in North Africa during the Second World War and with the 1st S.A. Division. He ended the war with the rank of Major in the Royal Army Service Corps.[2]

After the war he wrote several novels including: A Flag in the City (1953), his first novel which was about World War II British intelligence in Teheran and their plans to destroy Germany's fifth column operations in Persia; Stone Cold Dead in the Market; Hornet's Nest; Dead Men Rise Up Never; and Unseen Enemy (aka The Shadow of Time).

He died of accidental alcohol and barbiturate poisoning at his home in Frognal in 1961, leaving a wife and three children.[1][3]


  1. ^ a b c Chibnall, Steve (2000). J. Lee Thompson. Manchester University Press. p. 227. ISBN 9780719060120. 
  2. ^ "Landon of Uxmore". Burke's Landed Gentry (1952 ed.). 
  3. ^ ""Accidental Death" Of Novelist". The Times. 2 May 1961. 

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