Friday, March 09, 2007

His Master's Voice

I've been aware of this for a while, but with the recent focus on Ian Fleming that the remake of Casino Royale has engendered, I thought it might be fun to point out that the only known recording of Raymond Chandler's voice comes from a BBC Radio interview of him conducted nearly 50 years ago by, of all people, Mr. Fleming.

Here's a short snippet with a comment from Chandler about private eyes--if you're just curious to hear what his voice sounds like. (A little Elmer Fud-ish, I'm afraid.) And here's the full recording from the Rara Avis archives.

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At 12:34 AM, Blogger tom appleton said...

Chandler refers to James Atlee Philips as a writer whose books he likes, and he cites three titles of the top of his head, "Pagoda", "The Deadly Mermaid" and "The Shivering Chorus Girls". I've only ever come across "Pagoda" (in the shape of a British "Corgi" book, if I remember right.) It WAS a good book. Also, if I remember right, it was a third-person narrative, whereas later Philips books used the same characer in first person narratives, and never quite caught the spark like that first one. I seem to remember having read another Philips title from that time -- early 1950s -- that was rather good, though I've forgotten what it was and they're not exactly easily found these days. Still, those first few titles pf his may be worth taking a second look at in some closer literary study.

 
At 12:36 AM, Blogger tom appleton said...

Chandler refers to James Atlee Philips as a writer whose books he likes, and he cites three titles off the top of his head, "Pagoda", "The Deadly Mermaid" and "The Shivering Chorus Girls". I've only ever come across "Pagoda" (in the shape of a British "Corgi" book, if I remember right.) It WAS a good book. Also, if I remember right, it was a third-person narrative, whereas later Philips books used the same characer in first person narratives, and never quite caught the spark like that first one. I seem to remember having read another Philips title from that time -- early 1950s -- that was rather good, though I've forgotten what it was and they're not exactly easily found these days. Still, those first few titles ff his may be worth taking a second look at in some closer literary study.

 
At 12:37 AM, Blogger tom appleton said...

Chandler refers to James Atlee Philips as a writer whose books he likes, and he cites three titles off the top of his head, "Pagoda", "The Deadly Mermaid" and "The Shivering Chorus Girls". I've only ever come across "Pagoda" (in the shape of a British "Corgi" book, if I remember right.) It WAS a good book. Also, if I remember right, it was a third-person narrative, whereas later Philips books used the same characer in first person narratives, and never quite caught the spark like that first one. I seem to remember having read another Philips title from that time -- early 1950s -- that was rather good, though I've forgotten what it was and they're not exactly easily found these days. Still, those first few titles of his may be worth taking a second look at in some closer literary study.

 
At 12:59 AM, Blogger tom appleton said...

Sorry I posted THREE times the same comment, I was just trying to get rid of some of the typos. I looked up Phillips (double L) on Google and there's heaps of information out about him. He WAS a best-selling author in his time --- AFTER the Chandler/Fleming interview -- easily on a par with Fleming's James Bond series. Phillips was the father of folk singer Shawn Phillips, known to me only as the guy who played on a Donovan track way back in the past -- and brother to a well-known CIA operative. Interestingly, none of the titles mentioned by Chandler, apart from "Pagoda", are listed. And the other CORGI book title that I read isn't listed here either. Phillips took his "Joe Gall" character into a great many books -- the list would be about 20 titles long. Sold 18 million copies, and still dropped from sight completely. His books are hard to find.

 

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