While you're at it make sure you pick up the paperback tie-ins for CHISUM by "Sam Bowie" and CHATO'S LAND by Joe Millard himself. I keep the western paperback tie-ins on the shelf right next to the DVD. They are the same height and thinness.
I have those two and High Plains Drifter. Sorry about the confusion. I have quite a collection actually. Why I don't know. For example I have three different paperback tie-ins to GUNFIGHT AT THE O.K. CORRAL (1957). One of them is novelization. The other is short novella. The other is a bio of Wyatt Earp with the title changed and cover art to match the movie. My western DVD's take up an entire wall. Four bookcases, seven shelves per bookcase. Paperback tie-ins included. But I'm sure there's a lot of tie-ins I'm missing. I'm interested in anything you turn up.
There's one paperback novelization and tie-in, not a western, which I think is actually better than the film, and that's Mike Root's SCORPIO (1973 directed by Michael Winner starring Burt Lancaster). Excellent espionage novel.
Another favorite novelization is THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY by Joe Millard himself, published in 1967.
Ive got the GBU by Millard and the full set of Dollar westerns, as were more than the three films. Three different authors I think - titles such as A Dollar to Die For, Coffin Full of Dollars etc etc. I suspect the three titles that went with the Dollars trilogy were slightly tidied-up versions of the film screenplays.
Scorpio I havent got, but many of those thrillers from that era were better books than the films. Killer Elite was a classic example.
I will have a look in the next batch I sift through and list any that might be pass-on-able!!
Yeah I heard the Millard paperbacks were adapted from unfilmed scripts Clint turned down. He should have made the films, damn the man. I also have the complete set.
Another really first-rate novelization was James E. Gunn's THE IMMORTAL. Based on the 1969 pilot movie for the TV series starring Christopher George. Remember that? Gunn had written a sci-fi novel about a man who lived through time called The Immortal which, many years after it was published, was bought by ABC-TV and adapted into the pilot movie. But the pilot movie ignored his plot and characters and turned the idea into a modern action film. So Gunn took the teleplay and novelized it, fleshing it out and adding his own poetic prose.
Dont know that the Immortal you talk about. For many years I was big on books - as a young teenager before video it was the only way I could experience x-rated westerns and 70s thrillers such as death wish, godfather etc because I couldnt get into the cinema until I was about 14.
Not that it matters, but Joe Millard wrote seven "Man With No Name" paperbacks. Only the first two were tied into the films. The next five books in the series were not filmed. My dates might be a little off:
1977 A Dollar to Die For 1974 Blood For a Dirty Dollar 1973 The Million Dollar Blood Hunt 1972 The Devil's Dollar Sign 1971 A Coffin Full of Dollars 1967 The Good the Bad and the Ugly 1967 For a Few Dollars More
A Fistful of Dollars, the first "Man With No Name" paperback novelization, was written by Frank Chandler. All eight books were reprinted in a uniform set by Arrow Paperbacks in 1980.
Im certain one - or more - of the dollar books was written by a Brian someone, maybe the same guy who was credited with the novellisation of the wild bunch. Fox? Not sure. Memory can play tricks and I havent got the books to hand.
Oh, that's right. You mean Brian Fox. He wrote A Dollar To Die For, the two Sabata novelizations, and several Alias Smith & Jones tie-ins.
I read his adaptation of The Wild Bunch before I was allowed to see the film. I don't think I saw the film until 1973 by which time I was still underage for X and R rated movies. Which edition of The Wild Bunch do you have ? The Award paperback from the USA or the Tandem from England? Each has different cover art.
I had two copies of the tandem one, Richard - pics of the line of the four marching into Mapache's cantina. Tandem published a lot of westerns books which were also movies. Quite often i think they were merely tweaked adaptions of screenplays, by established novellists who probably had to alter a few commas and make certain parts more descriptive. I have seen another WB paperback version years ago at a book sale but the cover was disintegrated!
The interesting thing for me was the 'gunfight' that Peckinpah created on set with his "Dont move the cameras yet, I want to do a walk thing" - which built and built with various extras walking in front of the bunch etc etc and builds up with Fielding's score etc is described in the paperback as a sort of two line para something like 'Pike and Bunch walked down to the cantina,' or some such massive underplay.