m stands for martin beck

Day 14 – M stands for Martin Beck 


Martin Beck – is a fictional Swedish police detective who is the main character in a series of ten novels by Sjöwall and Wahlöö, collectively titled “The Story of a Crime”. The stories are often seen largely from his perspective and are frequently referred to as the Martin Beck stories.

Martin Beck never reached the world like – Kurt Wallander – has done.
Martin Beck is Walter Matthau from the 1973 film called “The Laughing Policeman”, though his character was called “Jake Martin”.
Martin Beck has also been played by Jan Decleir, Derek Jacobi and Romualds Ancāns. Two of the novels has been adapted for films twice, “Roseanna” and “Murder at the Savoy”. In the later films that is only based on the characters, Martin Beck is played by Peter Haber.

4 series of TV-films has been made and shown in Sweden = 24 films, 2 last two of  them was made for cinema audience. In total there is 34 films about Martin Beck and his team.

The creators of Martin Beck, Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö, a common-law wife and husband team of detective writers .Together they conceived and wrote a series about Martin Beck and his family, the dynamics of the group of detectives working with him, and the intrigues and struggles within the police force. Martin Beck and his colleagues at the Central Bureau of Investigation in Stockholm are the main characters of the series, which the character of Martin Beck was the main protagonist. Both authors also wrote novels separately. For the Martin Beck series, they plotted and researched each book together then wrote alternate chapters. They wrote 10 books – one each year for 10 years – from 1965 -1975. The new series of film and new writers, but they worked very close with Maj. Per died in 1975 – only 48 years old, Maj is still alive – 77 years old.

(Text: en.wikepedia.org)
Primary characters
• Martin Beck, detective first grade and later promoted to inspector.

(Martin Beck – Peter Haber) 

• Sten Lennart Kollberg, Beck’s most trusted colleague: a sarcastic glutton with a Socialist worldview; served as a paratrooper and now refuses to carry a gun—after having shot and killed a person while in the line of duty. He is newly married in the second book and fathers two children over the course of the series. In The Fire Engine That Disappeared, he refers to Gunvald Larsson as “the stupidest detective in the history of criminal investigation”, and in The Abominable Man, Larsson informs him, “I’ve always thought you were a fucking idiot.” He resigns from the force at the end of the penultimate book, Cop Killer, but still has the last word in the final instalment.
• Gunvald Larsson, a former member of the merchant marine and the black sheep of a rich family; he has a liking for expensive clothes and pulp fiction including the work of Sax Rohmer. He is also one of very few people outside the DDR who owns and drives a sports car manufactured by EMW. He is somewhat lacking in interpersonal skills and is disliked by most of his colleagues. He and Kollberg share a mutual antipathy, but are capable of working together efficiently when the occasion demands it. However, despite the fact that he often treats Einar Rönn with the same boorishness and insensitive tactlessness that he does everybody else, Rönn is his only friend and the two are close, often spending time together outside of the job.

(Gunvald Larsson – Michael Persbrandt) 

• Einar Rönn, Larsson’s friend from the rural north of Sweden; permanently red-nosed, incapable of writing a coherent report and totally unimaginative, but a hard-working and efficient policeman. He is very calm and peaceful, only losing his temper once (on Larsson’s behalf) in all the books.

If I have to chose between “Kurt Wallander”, “”Martin Beck” or “Lisbeth Salander” – I would say: ALL! Can’t be without any of them and I have seen all films more than once and will see them again. Have them all on my Media Player and when there is nothing interesting on TV I enjoy, Martin, Kurt and Lisbeth all over. What I love about “Wallander” and “Beck” is they are down to earth – normal characters with  everyday problems both at work and in their private life. Nothing flashy, no glamour – and the actors are not stunningly handsome either – but I fancy Gunvald – he has an attitude and a very sexy man.


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11 thoughts on “m stands for martin beck

  1. Loved the quote. We saw the comic Brian Regan last night and he has a new joke about how everyone should be allowed one free kill. He doesn’t condone killing, but thinks we’d treat each other better not knowing if the other person had used his or her “free kill” card yet!

  2. Hi there, I would say he is probably right !!! But on the other hand .. please could use their “free card” for “fun” – as they more a less do today – kill for no reason. Oscar Wilde has said so many brilliant quotes – love his quotes because the are still modern. Thanks for stopping by.

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