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28 January 2016

Celebrating David McCallum’s Once A Crooked Man

Macmillan Audio’s Associate Publisher Robert shares his experience meeting actor David McCallum, who narrate his debut novel Once A Crooked Man (now available everywhere audiobooks are sold!).

Once_a_Crooked_ManMany of you may know David McCallum as Ducky Mallard from the hit TV show NCIS. But an earlier generation knows him as the handsome soviet agent Illya Kuryakin from the popular sixties show The Man from U.N.C.L.E.. McCallum was paired with Robert Vaughan, who played the role of Napoleon Solo,  and together they worked for the international crime-fighting organization U.N.C.L.E. (United Network Command for Law and Enforcement). Airing at the height of the cold war, the men from U.N.C.L.E. joined James Bond and other sixties international crime fighters as popular cult heroes. In fact, Ian Fleming, author of the James Bond novels, contributed to the concept of the series.  

McCallum’s enigmatic character quickly became a sex symbol and the show became a pop culture phenomena.  It was especially exciting to meet David McCallum when he was in the office to discuss the audio recording of his first novel Once A Crooked Man. And of course, as far as we were concerned, he was the only one to read it. The fun continued at a Park Avenue launch party for his book and audio, pictured below.


David McCallum with publishers Sally Richardson and Thomas Dunne.


Candid photograph from David McCallum’s Once A Crooked Man launch party.

Listen to an excerpt of David McCallum reading his debut novel, Once A Crooked Man:

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