This is one of the most touching and entertaining biographies since the master class of David Niven. Terence Stamp recalls the circumstances leading to his Oscar nominated film debut in Ustinov's 'Billy Budd' A film that laid the foundations for the groundbreaking performances that characterised his career throughout the sixties. The revelations of the book surround the actor's touching and honest accounts of his relationships with his Father, Micheal Caine and the love of his life Jean Shrimpton as appossed to his work with cinema greats like Fellini. A great read from a great actor and modest man.
This is an extremely well-written book by the actor. He is articulate, insightful and paints delightful word pictures when describing his experiences, observations and feelings. He has the eye of artist, the foundation of a hard-scrabble background, and the heart of a very sensitive person, so the mix was confusing for him at times, especially when it came to expressing love to his girlfriend Jean Shrimpton, the most famous (and incredibly stunning) supermodel of the time.
They were both the "it" couple in the mid-60's which was very heady stuff for an extraordinarily good looking young man from the cockney side of town on the verge of what appeared to be super-stardom. The book is written from as honest a perspective he can achieve though of course it's still his point of view. (If you want to get a fuller perspective of what went on back then especially between Jean Shrimpton and Stamp, I recommend you get a copy of her autobiography, as it tells quite a different version of events!) I highly recommend this book, not only because it's extremely entertaining but also because Terence Stamp lets you into his inner world, and a very interesting world it is!