Alan Robertson wondered whether Thomas Pynchon had really made an appearance in the film of ‘Inherent Vice’, as actor Josh Brolin claimed. Hunter S Thompson was in the film of ‘Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas’, and Irvine Welsh was in ‘Trainspotting’. Here are 10 more.
- Giles Foden Plays a reporter (and gets a line) in The Last King of Scotland (2006). Nominated by Alex Massie.
- Saul Bellow Drops in as “Man in hallway” in Seize The Day (1986). From Chris White.
- John le Carré Appears in The Little Drummer Girl (1984) and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011). Espied by Matt Korris.
- Peter Benchley A reporter in Jaws (1975). Seen by Patrick Hennessy and Brian Milne.
- PD James Cameo at the start of Children of Men (2006) as an extra in the café. Nominated by Tom Doran.
- David Mitchell “Makes a four-second cameo in the not-so-amazing film  of his amazing book Cloud Atlas,” James Chapman informs us.
- Michael Bond In Paddington (2014), he is in a café when he sees Paddington speed past in a taxi, and raises a glass to him. Suggested by Robert Bruce.
- Arthur C Clarke One of the political leaders taking the world to war on the cover of Time magazine in 2010, the 1984 film of his book, 2010: Odyssey Two (1982). Nominated by Love and Garbage.
- Graham Greene His hands are in The Stranger’s Hand (1952), Christopher Hawtree tells us – and the rest of him pops up as an insurance salesman in François Truffaut’s Day for Night (1973).
- Jordan Belfort Appears at the end of The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), the film of his memoir, to introduce Jordan (Leonardo DiCaprio) at a sales seminar. Nominated by Chujan Sivathasan.
Originally published in the Independent on 1st February 2015.