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  • CoolHandBondCoolHandBond Mactan IslandPosts: 6,385MI6 Agent

    Hal Ellson is an author in his own right - one of those odd coincidences that happen in life - both of them were mistaken for the other at various points of their careers as their star shone and faded accordingly.

    Yeah, well, sometimes nothin' can be a real cool hand.
  • BarbelBarbel ScotlandPosts: 36,584Chief of Staff

    Ah, thanks!

  • chrisno1chrisno1 LondonPosts: 3,331MI6 Agent

    That Too Hot To Handle cover looks as if it was designed for a bodice ripper. Simply appalling in terms of representing the text inside, but decent as an audience drawing illustration.

  • Napoleon PluralNapoleon Plural LondonPosts: 10,317MI6 Agent

    @CoolHandBond suggested I post this on the Book Covers thread so here it is - though of course it's not 'random' here!

    It hails from Twitter/X to mark the anniversary of the book's publication recently.

    "This is where we leave you Mr Bond."

    Roger Moore 1927-2017
  • BarbelBarbel ScotlandPosts: 36,584Chief of Staff

    It's very nice, thanks for posting that (twice, so thanks X2). I have or have had all but the 4th and 5th of those at one time or another in 60 years of Bond fandom but alas, can't keep everything.

  • chrisno1chrisno1 LondonPosts: 3,331MI6 Agent
    edited March 26

    I have four of those soft covers... I didn't collect the Signet or Crime Book versions. Maybe it is time, but it isn't cheap collecting Bond books anymore. Thanks for the post.

  • CoolHandBondCoolHandBond Mactan IslandPosts: 6,385MI6 Agent


    And this wouldn’t happen here in Cebu City 😉



    Yeah, well, sometimes nothin' can be a real cool hand.
  • BarbelBarbel ScotlandPosts: 36,584Chief of Staff

    Some well-known authors there, CHB.

  • CoolHandBondCoolHandBond Mactan IslandPosts: 6,385MI6 Agent

    To compliment @chrisno1 ‘s wonderful Saint In The Sixties thread these are from 1960-1963…



    Yeah, well, sometimes nothin' can be a real cool hand.
  • chrisno1chrisno1 LondonPosts: 3,331MI6 Agent

    And thank you @CoolHandBond

  • CoolHandBondCoolHandBond Mactan IslandPosts: 6,385MI6 Agent

    This weeks selection…



    Yeah, well, sometimes nothin' can be a real cool hand.
  • BarbelBarbel ScotlandPosts: 36,584Chief of Staff

    "Too Hot To Handle"..... sounds familiar....

  • Sir MilesSir Miles The Wrong Side Of The WardrobePosts: 26,744Chief of Staff
  • CoolHandBondCoolHandBond Mactan IslandPosts: 6,385MI6 Agent

    More covers of paperbacks that filled the shelves in the “Sleaze” section of the shop - probably the most popular and best selling section for some reason.



    Yeah, well, sometimes nothin' can be a real cool hand.
  • Sir MilesSir Miles The Wrong Side Of The WardrobePosts: 26,744Chief of Staff

    Sex Avengers 😏 am I the only one hoping for an Emma Peel spinoff? 🤗

    YNWA 97
  • Silhouette ManSilhouette Man The last refuge of a scoundrelPosts: 8,707MI6 Agent

    Those covers are "very sexiful". 😉

    "The tough man of the world. The Secret Agent. The man who was only a silhouette." - Ian Fleming, Moonraker (1955).
  • caractacus pottscaractacus potts Orbital communicator, level 10Posts: 3,978MI6 Agent
    edited April 21

    this picture reminds me of a sketch Tom Hanks and Jon Lovitz used to do on Saturday Night Live. in its final iteration, they were on a seniors cruise ship trying to pick up little old ladies "our standards could not sink any lower!"


  • CoolHandBondCoolHandBond Mactan IslandPosts: 6,385MI6 Agent

    Hank Janson (Stephen Daniel Frances) was Britain’s most famous pulp author during the 40’s and 50’s. They were extremely popular and often had covers drawn by the legendary Reginald Heade. They followed the adventures of Hank Janson himself, a journalist and “Saint” like adventurer, but unlike The Saint these were rough, tough, racy pulp thrillers, so much that they were prosecuted under the obscene publications act in 1954, it subsequently failed due to legal technicalities. I can highly recommend this series but beware that after 1953 some of the books were continued by different authors and are not so good. The popularity can be seen by the sales made as stated on the later covers.



    The most well known covers have the red and yellow stripes, and if not drawn by Heade they were copied in his style…



    Reginald Heade was a superb artist and did not only do pulp fiction covers. He also did covers for the children’s series The Abbey Girls by Elsie J Oxhenham and they are well written schoolgirl adventures with good plots. The covers are beautifully illustrated as can be seen below…


    Yeah, well, sometimes nothin' can be a real cool hand.
  • Sir MilesSir Miles The Wrong Side Of The WardrobePosts: 26,744Chief of Staff

    Thanks CHB for this great thread…I’m learning so much…and some of these book covers are very interesting 🤭

    YNWA 97
  • CoolHandBondCoolHandBond Mactan IslandPosts: 6,385MI6 Agent

    James Hadley Chase (René Lodge Brabazon Raymond) was a highly successful English thriller author, writing more than 90 novels, he was dubbed the “king of thriller writers”. His first published book was No Orchids For Miss Blandish, in 1939 an American gangster thriller of the type so popular in the UK during the 40s and 50s. After a lot of success in the sub-genre, Chase became a more mainstream crime/thriller writer. 50 movies were made from his novels but aside from Miss Blandish they were mainly European features with little British or American distribution.

    His books remain collectable, especially editions from the 1950’s.



    Yeah, well, sometimes nothin' can be a real cool hand.
  • CoolHandBondCoolHandBond Mactan IslandPosts: 6,385MI6 Agent

    Sax Rohmer was famous for his Fu Manchu creation, but another character, the sultry Sumuru, was also very popular…



    Our own Shirley Eaton starred in a 60’s movie that I’ve never seen but would love to!


    Yeah, well, sometimes nothin' can be a real cool hand.
  • chrisno1chrisno1 LondonPosts: 3,331MI6 Agent

    I posted a review of The Million Eyes... back in 2022... It's, well, let's just say it's interesting

  • BarbelBarbel ScotlandPosts: 36,584Chief of Staff

    I read some of the Fu Manchu books back in the day, but I haven't even heard of Sumuru.

  • chrisno1chrisno1 LondonPosts: 3,331MI6 Agent
    edited May 13

    A little bit of nostalgia tracking that one down.

    Now, back to the book covers...

  • CoolHandBondCoolHandBond Mactan IslandPosts: 6,385MI6 Agent

    Very popular with my customers - Fu Manchu also, of course.

    Yeah, well, sometimes nothin' can be a real cool hand.
  • CoolHandBondCoolHandBond Mactan IslandPosts: 6,385MI6 Agent

    I’ve looked for this on my streaming service and it’s not there 🥲 hopefully one day it will turn up - hundreds of oddities are added each month so it could be likely 🤞

    Yeah, well, sometimes nothin' can be a real cool hand.
  • BarbelBarbel ScotlandPosts: 36,584Chief of Staff

    Forgive my aged memory- did that review come up while I was rambling on about the Fu Manchu box set I had just bought?

    (And CHB, forgive me wandering off-topic. I'll keep it brief.)

  • CoolHandBondCoolHandBond Mactan IslandPosts: 6,385MI6 Agent

    You two go ahead - it’s interesting, and I’ve said before, I like seeing threads go off in different directions 😁

    Yeah, well, sometimes nothin' can be a real cool hand.
  • chrisno1chrisno1 LondonPosts: 3,331MI6 Agent

    @Barbel Did it? I can't remember. I watched it because it's in Michael Robinson's book.

  • BarbelBarbel ScotlandPosts: 36,584Chief of Staff

    Thanks 🙂

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