Literary Origins & Extra Reading: 1

It will come as no surprise that quite a few of cinema’s most popular spies also have healthy literary lives. Even some of the less popular cinematic heroes have quite a devoted following in book form. Here is the first post in a series, which lists some further adventures of these characters. After all, we’ve all heard the saying ‘the book is much better than the film!’

Today we look at Dr. Jason Love – a character created by James Leasor.

There was only one attempt to bring Dr Jason Love to the cinema screen. The book, Passport To Oblivion was filmed as Where The Spies Are with David Niven. The film was a flop and no further adventures were filmed. But the books kept coming into the seventies, eighties and nineties.

James Leasor doesn’t get much respect these days. Therefore, I have found it difficult to find accurate information on the Dr. Jason Love series and can only verify seven of the titles as being Jason Love books. I have listed some other titles down the bottom that may be Jason Love adventures, or possibly even alternate titles for the books I have listed. If you have any corrections or other information on Love and Leasor that you’d like to share, feel free to drop me a line.

Passport To Oblivion 1964 (Also published as: Where The Spies Are)
Passport To Peril (US Title: Spylight) 1966
Passport In Suspense (US Title: The Yang Meridian) 1967
Passport For A Pilgrim 1968
A Week Of Love 1969
Love-All 1971
Frozen Assets: The Return of the Intrepid Dr. Love 1989
Love Down Under 1992

Other books that may – but most likely don’t – feature Jason Love

They Don’t Make Them Like That Anymore 1969
Never Had A Spanner On Her 1970
Host Of Extras 1973
The Chinese Widow 1975
Love And The Land Beyond 1979
Open Secret 1982

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