BULLDOG DRUMMOND

 
Full Name: Hugh 'Bulldog' Drummond
Nationality: British
Organization: -
Occupation Other - Investigator

Time Span: 1967 - 1969
ABOUT THE SERIES

       Bulldog Drummond is an insurance investigator.
       
       Initially created in 1920 by Herman Cyril McNeile using the pseudonym of "Sapper", Drummond was a well-to-do former officer in the British army who, after WWI, decided to occupy his time as a private investigator. The character quickly caught on as being a man of action that women also enjoyed. Though hardly considered good looking, he was confident and relaxed enough to make him attractive to the opposite sex but quick to action and ready to fight when called upon.
       The first four books about Drummond had him going against the highly skilled and gifted evil genius, Carl Peterson. At the end of the fourth, Peterson is killed. Starting with the next book, his primary adversary was the beautiful Irma who was Peterson's lover and who now is determined to get revenge. A total of ten books were written by McNeile.
       When Mr. McNeile died in 1937, the series was continued by Gerard Fairlie who was not only a friend to McNeile but was said by many to be the prototype for Drummond in the first place. Fairlie continued the series with seven more books stretching from 1938 to 1954, skipping the war years completely.
       A total of 23 movies about Drummond were made, starting with an eponymously titled film in 1932 and going until a remake, also entitled Bulldog Drummond in 1952.
       The list of books about Drummond from this period are:
              Bulldog Drummond, 1920, McNeile
              The Black Gang, 1922, McNeile
              The Third Round, 1924, McNeile
              The Final Count, 1926, McNeile
              The Female Of The Species, 1928, McNeile
              Temple Tower, 1929, McNeile
              The Return Of Bulldog Drummond, 1932, McNeile
              Knock-Out, 1933, McNeile
              Bulldog Drummond At Bay, 1935, McNeile
              The Challenge, 1937, McNeile
              Bulldog Drummond on Dartmoor, 1938, Fairlie
              Bulldog Drummond Attacks, 1939, Fairlie
              Captain Bulldog Drummond, 1945, Fairlie
              Bulldog Drummond Stands Fast, 1947, Fairlie
              Hands Off Bulldog Drummond, 1949, Fairlie
              Calling Bulldog Drummond, 1951, Fairlie
              The Return of the Black Gang, 1954, Fairlie

       Bulldog Drummond is in the collection because of two books written more than a decade after Fairlie wrote the last. In 1966, with the tremendous popularity of spy movies thanks to James Bond, the character was resurrected, revised considerably, and presented with every bit of flair that Bond had. Drummond wasn't the only character from the series brought back - his nemesis Carl Peterson is alive and well and joined by luscious women to aid his plans for untold riches.
       The new Drummond is considerably better looking and able to attract the eyes of most women. He is suave, smooth, dashing, and deadly, combinations vital to hold his own against the femme fatales his adversary throws against him.

       Of interesting note is that the first movie's screenplay, taken from a concept story by the same author, was written by Jimmy Sangster, creator of two spy series of his own.

BOOKS

Number of Books:2
First Appearance:1967
Last Appearance:1969

1 Deadlier Than The Male Deadlier Than The Male
Written by Henry Reymond
Copyright: 1967

Key insurance investigator Bulldog Drummond is brought in when several leading oil company CEO's are murdered. He quickly discovers that two gorgeous women are the culprits, working for a criminal genius who plans to conquer the world's oil business.

2 Some Girls Do Some Girls Do
Written by Henry Reymond
Copyright: 1969

Those involved in the creation of the world's first supersonic airliner are being targeted by Carl Peterson and his lady "robots", really living women with "electronic brains". Bulldog Drummond is again asked to stop the nefarious plot.

MOVIES

Number of Movies:2
First Appearance:1967
Last Appearance:1969

       There have been several iterations of Bulldog Drummond in the movies over the many decades he has been around. Two deal with his incarnation involved in a spy caper which prompted his membership in this collection.

1 Deadlier Than The Male Deadlier Than The Male
Director: Ralph Thomas
Writers: Jimmy Sangster, David Osborn
Actors: Richard Johnson as Bulldog Drummond, Elke Sommer as Irma Eckman, Sylva Koscina as Penelope, Nigel Green as Carl Petersen
Released: 1967

Key insurance investigator Bulldog Drummond is brought in when several leading oil company CEO's are murdered. He quickly discovers that two gorgeous women are the culprits, working for a criminal genius who plans to conquer the world's oil business.

2 Some Girls Do Some Girls Do
Director: Ralph Thomas
Writers: David Osborn, Liz Charles-Williams
Actors: Richard Johnson as Bulldog Drummond, Daliah Lavi as Helga, Robert Morley as Miss Mary, Sydne Rome as Flicky, Ronnie Stevens as Peregrine Carruthers
Released: 1969

Those involved in the creation of the world's first supersonic airliner are being targeted by Carl Peterson and his lady "robots", really living women with "electronic brains". Bulldog Drummond is again asked to stop the nefarious plot.

MY COMMENTS

       I was too young to go see the first of the two movies from which these books came when it was released. I was in the military and paying more attention to girls than movies with the second came out. It would be many years later before I saw them and by then I had also, through the magic of late-night television, seen several of the far older movies. And, truthfully, when I did see Deadlier Than The Male in the late 70's, I paid far more attention to Elke Sommer and Sylva Koscina than I ever did the star of the show.
       But for light-hearted, visually beautiful adventures, these two are well worth the time. But see the movies first before reading the books as it makes the characters far more "stimulating".

GRADE

My Grade: C+

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