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Titan Books publishes Donald Hamilton's Matt Helm series

Posted on 02/28/2013 9:26:14 AM PST by Perdogg

Titan Books publishes Donald Hamilton's Matt Helm series, the first two are available now on Amazon.





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1 posted on 02/28/2013 9:26:26 AM PST by Perdogg
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To: Perdogg

I read those back in the 60s, when I was 12 years old or so. Wonder if they hold up.


2 posted on 02/28/2013 9:29:34 AM PST by Lurking Libertarian (Non sub homine, sed sub Deo et lege)
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To: Perdogg

BTW, Hamilton’s vision of spy Matt Helm was nothing like the terrible movies with with Dean Martin.


3 posted on 02/28/2013 9:35:21 AM PST by Lurking Libertarian (Non sub homine, sed sub Deo et lege)
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To: Perdogg

My Pop used to read those, I remember. Mayba eI’ll give them a try.


4 posted on 02/28/2013 9:39:58 AM PST by cld51860 (Oderint dum metuant)
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To: Lurking Libertarian

“BTW, Hamilton’s vision of spy Matt Helm was nothing like the terrible movies with with Dean Martin.”

They rank right up there with The “Flint” disasters.


5 posted on 02/28/2013 9:42:56 AM PST by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: Lurking Libertarian

“BTW, Hamilton’s vision of spy Matt Helm was nothing like the terrible movies with with Dean Martin.”

Here here! Read them in the 80s and enjoyed much. Time for a reread.

Modesty Blaise also fared badly at the hands of holly-weird.


6 posted on 02/28/2013 9:44:46 AM PST by petro45acp (No good endeavour survives an excess of adult supervision)
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To: Perdogg

I wish someone would reprint all the Travis McGee books.


7 posted on 02/28/2013 9:46:53 AM PST by MSSC6644 (Defeat Satan: pray the Rosary.)
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To: cld51860
I think that I've read all of them. Unless they've been "modernized" (I hope not), you'll want to start at the beginning with "Death of a Citizen". It explains the character's origins and motivations and so on. It's also one of better ones, IMHO.

Otherwise, they're about like the James Bond movies ... the stories and plotlines are all pretty much interchangeable. I happen to like all of them, though. Matt Helm makes James Bond look like a wimp.

And previous posters are right. Skip the Dean Martin movies.

8 posted on 02/28/2013 9:48:59 AM PST by wbill
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To: Lurking Libertarian
I have read the entire series; enjoyed it very much.

I also saw the Dean Martin movies, but I always thought they were supposed to be spoofs.

9 posted on 02/28/2013 10:15:44 AM PST by sima_yi ( Reporting live from the far North)
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To: Lurking Libertarian
The best thing from the "Matt Helm" movies.


10 posted on 02/28/2013 10:20:37 AM PST by Bratch
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To: Perdogg

My favorite movie is “The Big Country,” made from Hamilton’s novel. He wrote terrific Western books.


11 posted on 02/28/2013 10:35:24 AM PST by Misterioso (The man who lets a leader prescribe his course is a wreck being towed to the scrap heap. - Ayn Rand)
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To: Perdogg

The feminazis dikes are not going to be happy with this. Matt Helm, the self-described greatest assassin in the worldm was an incurable sexist. And I say good for him!


12 posted on 02/28/2013 10:40:00 AM PST by pelican001
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To: Lurking Libertarian

I did the same thing in the early 70s.

Pretty racey stuff for a 12-year old and I never quite forgot it.

Several months ago a friend gave me a couple of the Helm series as a birthday gift, just ‘cause she had heard me talking about it.

They were all right. A little dated, and maybe a bit more contrived than I remembered, but they held up okay.

Of course the stuff with the love interests is terrifically tame by today’s standards. Nonetheless when you have a lady in a hotel room with a fur coat on and nothing else, it somehow still is more interesting than having her there butt naked, with a boyfriend or two and a goat and a dog, as seems to be the case with present-day secret-agent men.


13 posted on 02/28/2013 10:40:17 AM PST by Fightin Whitey
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To: Fightin Whitey
a fur coat on and nothing else

Mr. Helm would be proud of you. "Oftentimes, the difference between being interestingly nude and embarrassingly naked, is a nice tan."

Different books, written for a different time. Nowadays, the main character would be a single mother who talks placatingly to multi-ethnic bad guys from a non-specific country, about how they feel.

Then, they'd all hug and have a suitably low-fat vegan meal.

14 posted on 02/28/2013 11:14:12 AM PST by wbill
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To: wbill; Fightin Whitey; Lurking Libertarian; pelican001; Misterioso; Bratch; sima_yi; MSSC6644; ...

http://vintagepopfictions.blogspot.com/2013/02/donald-hamiltons-wrecking-crew.html

~SNIP

The Wrecking Crew was the second of Donald Hamilton’s Matt Helm novels. Matt Helm is a US spy, he works for an ultra-secret intelligence agency, his boss is named Mac and he uses his work as a photographer as a cover. Those are the only real resemblances between the novel and the movie of the same name, in fact they’re the only resemblances between the Matt Helm novels as a whole and the Matt Helm movies.


15 posted on 02/28/2013 11:23:45 AM PST by Perdogg (Sen Ted Cruz is my adoptive Senator)
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To: Perdogg

To explain the bad movies, James Bond utterly owned the genre, and any straight spy movie would get panned, so both the Italians, who loved the genre, and Americans, decided to play them for parody and yucks.

It really went on and on. Some of the Italian ones.

Agente 077: Fury In The Orient
Agente 077: Missione Bloody Mary
Agente Speciale LK aka Lucky, El Intrepid
Berlin: Appointment For The Spies
Marc Mato, Agente S. 077
OSS 117: Double Agent
Pier 83 Mission Death
Special Mission Lady Chaplin
Tiffany Memorandum
Your Turn To Die

Many of the rest:

http://www.imdb.com/list/cSi1Z9RlGBM/


16 posted on 02/28/2013 11:32:36 AM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Best WoT news at rantburg.com)
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To: Lurking Libertarian

I did the same thing in the early 70s.

Pretty racey stuff for a 12-year old and I never quite forgot it.

Several months ago a friend gave me a couple of the Helm series as a birthday gift, just ‘cause she had heard me talking about it.

They were all right. A little dated, and maybe a bit more contrived than I remembered, but they held up okay.

Of course the stuff with the love interests is terrifically tame by today’s standards. Nonetheless when you have a lady in a hotel room with a fur coat on and nothing else, it somehow still is more interesting than having her there butt naked, with a boyfriend or two and a goat and a dog, as seems to be the case with present-day secret-agent men.


17 posted on 02/28/2013 11:36:59 AM PST by Fightin Whitey
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To: All

Those Matt Helm/Derek Flint movies were great!

Dean Martin had some of the best one-liners in movie history in the “Matt Helm” movies.

Sexy Woman offering Helm a drink: “Bottoms up!”
Matt Helm: “I can hardly wait.”

Stella Stevens and Dean Martin are driving along.
Stevens: I want to hear some music. As she turns on the car radio, Frank Sinatra’s “Come Fly With Me” plays.
Matt Helm: “Oh, turn him off, he’s terrible!”
Helm changes the station and Dean Martin’s “Everybody Loves Somebody” plays.
Helm: “Now that’s a guy that can sing! “

When we were kids, we used to go to the Saturday Matinee and watch the Matt Helm/Derek Flint movies for something like .10 cents if you were under 12 years old.

Dean Martin always had a drink in one hand and a hot babe in the other.

James Coburn did his own stunts and was the epitome of a bon vivant and international ladies man.

Sure, the movies were campy and corny, but they were fun and filled with innuendos that I didn’t really get until I was older.

I have a few of them on DVD as well.

These guys, along with Sean Connery/James Bond, were my idols when I was growing up and when I first began to notice that girls weren’t “icky”


18 posted on 02/28/2013 11:59:31 AM PST by Rodney Dangerfield ("I can see unhinged liberal media bias from my house!" My President is Wayne Lapierre.)
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To: Bratch

Damn You Charlie Manson, and your whole family too!


19 posted on 02/28/2013 12:46:09 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (THE SOUND OF MUSIC at the POTEET THEATRE in OKC! See our murals before they are painted over!)
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To: MSSC6644

They are indeed reprinting the John D. McDonald’s in trade paperback...there are still Mass Market versions most titles still in print as well!


20 posted on 02/28/2013 12:49:30 PM PST by martiangohome
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

One of the WORST spy spoofs was A MAN CALLED DAGGER.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0061946/

Another, whose name I have mercifully forgotten, was about a Russian “secret submarine” who sent agents to place a bomb on the US continental divide.

Agents from around the world, both men and women, gather at a dude ranch and try to stop the plot.

Excellent color, a few laughs, otherwise it was strictly drive in fare. I saw it at a drive in in 1966 or 1967.


21 posted on 02/28/2013 1:00:56 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (THE SOUND OF MUSIC at the POTEET THEATRE in OKC! See our murals before they are painted over!)
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To: Biggirl; GSP.FAN; SunkenCiv; SilvieWaldorfMD; Young Werther; Guenevere; SJSAMPLE; Larry Lucido; ...

Rush must be reading “Murder’s Row”. He talked about the first chapter yesterday. Fleming’s influences are all over the Matt Helm books, but so are Raymond Chandler’s. I think when it comes to Matt Helm himself, he’s more like Sam Spade than James Bond. Not just MH is American, but he lacks a refinement that is closer to Sam Spade.


22 posted on 08/21/2013 6:39:39 PM PDT by Perdogg (Cruz-Paul 2016)
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To: Perdogg

Great stuff - I read them as a kid. I took one of Helm’s aphorisms to heart: “Always call them ‘sir’ - it greases the social skids and it doesn’t make them bulletproof.” BTT


23 posted on 08/21/2013 6:44:37 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Perdogg

Dean Martin f%%ced it up for Matt Helm books.


24 posted on 08/21/2013 7:15:49 PM PDT by GSP.FAN (Some days, it's not even worth chewing through the restraints.)
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To: GSP.FAN

I would like to see them make new Matt Helm movies based on the novels and not the kitschy Matt Helm. of Dean Martin whereas the only thing the two have in common is alcohol.

Unfortunately Hollywood in not interested in making movies anymore it is all about shooting fish in a barrel.


25 posted on 08/21/2013 9:16:45 PM PDT by Perdogg (Cruz-Paul 2016)
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To: Perdogg
I think when it comes to Matt Helm himself, he’s more like Sam Spade than James Bond. Not just MH is American, but he lacks a refinement that is closer to Sam Spade.

In the movies (or at least The Ambushers) he used a Pentax camera. What about in the books?

26 posted on 08/22/2013 6:16:01 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: a fool in paradise

I haven’t read enough to find out, I have started the first one. I was going to read Murder’s Row, but decided I better read them in order.


27 posted on 08/22/2013 6:23:58 PM PDT by Perdogg (Cruz-Paul 2016)
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To: Perdogg

And being pc, Vince Flynn’s books and Daniel Silva books have assassins who hunt down jihad guys.
Hollywood ain’t touching that scenario.


28 posted on 08/22/2013 6:53:25 PM PDT by GSP.FAN (Some days, it's not even worth chewing through the restraints.)
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