JOHN McLUSKY -
This is not meant to be an obituary, nor is it a biog... Just a series of memories and thoughts about this fella!
Dad was an amazing chap, so talented and gifted. He was always an artist, from a very young age. He studied art at The Slade School of Art and passed everything with flying colours! He had an incredible eye for detail and could realise that on paper and with seeming ease. He was also a painter and produced some wonderful canvasses. Several of his paintings we still have and they adorn the walls in family homes.
He always wanted to return to painting but as that was not commercially viable and he stuck to graphic art and cartooning which paid for the family and the home.
My Brother Sean and I were brought up with Bond and enjoyed the benefits which it brought. Later when the Films began being made, a lovely friend of my parents, Freda Pearson, took the job as Set Dresser on the Connery & Moore films. When each film was over, the props and sets were disposed of and we used to purchase various items and use them around the house. For example, some of the actual poolside furniture from Goldfinger became our patio Furniture!
Sheila, our Mother, married Dad in the early 50’s and when Sean & I came along, we all lived in London at the top of the Earls Court Rd in a lovely mews of artists studios, converted to apartments. When I was 4yrs we moved to Datchworth in Hertfordshire and were brought up there in wonderful country surroundings. (Continued...)
The first poster announcing the Bond strip in the Daily Express in 1958