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Bulldog Drummond is a 1920 thriller novel by "Sapper" (real name Herman Cyril McNeile).

Captain Hugh "Bulldog" Drummond is finding life boring now that the War is over. He meets an attractive young woman whose father has become entangled in an international conspiracy to overthrow the British Empire...

The novel had over a dozen sequels and inspired around two dozen films. The film series had its last gasp in the 1960s; by then, it was transparently attempting to attract the audience of the Bond movies.

The series was popular in its time and influenced the development of the pulp thriller. It was so popular, it inspired parodies: PG Wodehouse's Leave it to Psmith includes a protracted and not unAffectionate Parody of the first novel's opening. But it has aged badly because of its heroes' casual nationalist and racist bigotry. Modern references (as in Bullshot, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, and Kim Newman's "Pitbull Brittan") are most often bitingly satirical in the vein of "They don't make 'em like that any more and the world is better for it".

Novels by Herman Cyril McNeile

  • Bulldog Drummond (1920)
  • The Black Gang (1922)
  • The Third Round (1924)
  • The Final Count (1926)
  • The Female of the Species (1928).
  • Temple Tower (1929).
  • The Return of Bulldog Drummond (1932).
  • Knock-Out (1933)
  • Bulldog Drummond at Bay (1935)
  • The Challenge (1937). Swan song for the original author, who died in 1937.


Novels by Gerard Fairlie

  • Bulldog Drummond on Dartmoor (1938)
  • Bulldog Drummond Attacks (1939)
  • Captain Bulldog Drummond (1945)
  • Bulldog Drummond Stands Fast (1947)
  • Hands Off Bulldog Drummond (1949)
  • Calling Bulldog Drummond (1951)
  • The Return of the Black Gang (1954)


Novels by Henry Raymond

  • Deadlier than the Male (1966)
  • Some Girls Do (1969)

Bulldog Drummond provides examples of:

 Demobilized officer, finding peace incredibly tedious, would welcome diversion. Legitimate, if possible; but crime, if of a comparatively humorous description, no objection. Excitement essential.

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