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Retired Major and former Paratrooper Chris Allen explodes onto the action thriller scene with his literary brainchild Intrepid, featuring elite agent Alex Morgan on a series of life-and-death black ops for Interpol. His heart pounding stories, borne from hard-won experience, are fast earning their place on the shelves alongside other servicemen-turned-thriller writers like Andy McNab, Alistair Maclean, Jack Higgins and Frederick Forsyth. More on Chris Allen.
There’s been a series of incredibly cool photos doing the rounds online this week featuring 31 year old Sean Connery and 26 year old Ursula Andress, shot between takes during the filming of the very first James Bond film, Dr No.
The pictures provide a ‘time and place’ snapshot of a barely known young Scottish actor clearly out to impress a stunningly beautiful, completely unknown Swiss actress, both totally at ease with each other while utterly oblivious to the international mega-stardom that was just weeks away.
Considering where that film took ultimately Connery and Ursula’s now iconic white bikini scene, what is so remarkable about the photos is the innocence of Connery’s adolescent displays of physical prowess while the clearly impressed Andress looks on. It suggests a time when life was much more simple.
Men were men. Women were women. Men wore the pants. Women hung around looking beautiful in bikinis and all it took to impress them were a few handstands. Good times.