Jagger has an unlikely connection to Anthony Burgess’ masterwork “A Clockwork Orange.”
Sometime before anyone made a movie of the book, Jagger purchased the rights from Burgess for a simple $500. It’s not clear when that happened, but it must have been before 1968. Because in 1968, The Beatles and a handful of other stars petitioned for Jagger to be cast in the upcoming movie. Which sounds quite bezoomny but is actually what happened.
Apparently Jagger sold the rights to a movie producer (and of course made a healthy profit), but still wanted to be included in the film. So The Beatles and friends sent this petition in protest to the screenplay writer:
“We, the undersigned, do hereby protest with extreme vehemence as well as shattered illusions (in you) the preference of David Hemmings above Mick Jagger in the role of Alex in The Clockwork Orange.”
Thankfully that never happened, and of course the movie would eventually be made by Stanley Kubrick after British film censors banned the script. Oh, and the movie Jagger envisioned included he and his bandmates playing Alex and his Droogs, while The Beatles supplied the soundtrack.
It went to auction in 2015 and quickly sold for an undisclosed sum on Paddle8; Rolling Stone estimates the selling price would have been between $18,000 and $25,000.