Bulldog Drummond

I have just stumbled across some old movies based on the character Bulldog Drummond, created by H.C McNeile MC (Sapper). I was so taken by the character of Drummond, an early version of James Bond, that I have downloaded a collection of the books and am thoroughly enjoying myself reading of his exploits. What has prompted this blog is the wording from a scene in the book where Bulldog Drummond and an American detective are laying in wait for the criminal Mr Big to put in an appearance. Here it is and bear in mind this was written in 1920.

‘One can only hope to Heaven that we’re in time,’ returned Hugh (Drummond) ‘Damn it man,’ he exploded, ‘surely the police must know of this’!
The American closed his eyes still more.
‘You English police know most things, but you’ve sort of got some peculiar laws in your country.’ the more scurrilous a man is, the more he talks bloodshed and riot, the more constables does he get to guard him from catching cold.’

Can you see why is passage struck home to me? There is nothing new under the sun, is there.

Author: oldmovieguy

Another Boomer who wishes he had the stamina of youth to go with the cash of age. Fond of pricking the hot air balloons of pomposity and cutting little dictaors down to size.

10 thoughts on “Bulldog Drummond”

  1. At a bit of a bash today only one person other than me had heard of the character ‘Bulldog Drummond,’ and he was older than me, times winged chariot or what?

  2. What do you think of the fact that even in the 1920’s the perception was that in this country we are somewhat softer on criminals than victims.

  3. I came across a Bulldog Drummond book in the local library not so long ago. The police didn’t seem particularly soft on the criminals, but not nearly as tough as the Bulldog. But then the baddies had taken his wife hostage. It struck me as awfully British, but then it was set after the First World War, I think.

  4. The first book was published in 1920 Sheona, the author fought in WW1 and earned the MC.

  5. I’ve been listening to some re-runs of Dick Barton on Radio 4 Extra… they are highly amusing!

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