British author Elleston Trevor, whose “Flight of the Phoenix” and “The Quiller Memorandum” were translated to the bigscreen, died July 21 of cancer at his home in Cave Creek, Ariz. He was 75.
Using the pseudonym Adam Hall, Trevor achieved his greatest popularity penning 18 installments about a British spy named Quiller.
In 1965, “The Quiller Memorandum” won the Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for best suspense novel. The following year it was made into a film with George Segal portraying Quiller.
“Flight of the Phoenix” became a 1966 movie starring Jimmy Stewart and directed by Robert Aldrich.
Additional film and television credits included “Quiller (The Series)” for BBC Television and “Penthouse,” a CBS MOW.
Trevor had recently completed his 18th Quiller novel, “The Quiller Balalaika,” shortly before his death.
He is survived by his wife and son.