TIL “Jaws” is not the name of the shark, in the movie or the book. The author (Peter Benchley) chose the title 20 min. before the book went into production, after mulling over ~125 other options. When asked “What does [Jaws] mean?” Benchley said “I don’t know, but it’s short & it fits on a jacket.”

Read more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jaws_%28novel%29

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  1. That’s the public reason.

    Behind closed doors, it was to stop Eon/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios from making any *The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)* spinoffs starring Richard Kiel.

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