Industrial-Sized Deals TextBTS15 Shop Women's Handbags Learn more nav_sap_plcc_6M_fly_beacon Beach House $5 Off Fire TV Stick Off to College Essentials Shop Popular Services pivdl pivdl pivdl  Amazon Echo Starting at $99 Kindle Voyage Shop Back to School with Amazon Back to School with Amazon Outdoor Recreation Baby Sale
The True Adventures of the World's Greatest Stuntman and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Buy New
$17.80
Qty:1
  • List Price: $25.99
  • Save: $8.19 (32%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Only 2 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
The True Adventures of th... has been added to your Cart
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

The True Adventures of the World's Greatest Stuntman: My Life as Indiana Jones, James Bond, Superman and Other Movie Heroes Hardcover – May 17, 2011

20 customer reviews

See all 5 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Hardcover
"Please retry"
$17.80
$1.99 $0.46

New & Popular:"Hannah Arendt"
read the popular new author biography.
$17.80 FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Only 2 left in stock (more on the way). Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.

Frequently Bought Together

The True Adventures of the World's Greatest Stuntman: My Life as Indiana Jones, James Bond, Superman and Other Movie Heroes + Stuntman!: My Car-Crashing, Plane-Jumping, Bone-Breaking, Death-Defying Hollywood Life
Price for both: $35.60

Buy the selected items together

Editorial Reviews

Review

"No CGI can match what Vic can accomplish" - Steven Spielberg 

"Vic is The Man" - Pierce Brosnan

"Vic Armstrong is, of course, a legend" - Martin Scorsese

"This is the best and most original behind-the-scenes book I have read in years, gripping and revealing. Vic Armstrong is modest, humorous and wry - altogether brilliant company." - Roger Lewis, Daily Mail

"[A] page-turner... I couldn't put it down! I had a great time reading this book and give it my highest recommendation." - Leonard Maltin

"[Vic has] been this unheralded savior of movie magic for decades, and hearing how he makes the incredible credible is a must for any film fan." - Hollywood.com

"Armstrong's a fascinating guy and a straight shooter. His book is fantastic." - Ain't It Cool News

"The man is a legend in the industry... [A] mind-blowing, must-read biography." - Movies.com

"The movie memoir of the year!" - SciFi Mafia

"[Vic] talks to you like he’s your cool uncle, or the uncle you wished you had, really down to earth, but at the same time you can tell he’s got a twinkle in his eye as he’s talking..." - Geek Six

“A hell of a read.” – Film School Rejects

"The key to an entertaining autobiography is a combination of good stories to tell and a distinctive life; Armstrong has them both." - Library Journal

"Armstrong has done it all." - Empire
 

"A spills’n’thrills ride through a fast-forward life in pictures." - The Times 

About the Author

Vic Armstrong is in the Guinness Book of Records as the World's Most Prolific Stuntman.

Robert Sellers is the author of several books, including Hellraisers and a biography of Harrison Ford.

Steven Spielberg is a renowned film director.

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books (May 17, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848568746
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848568747
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.3 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #927,092 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Victor Armstrong on August 25, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
As I am Vic Armstrong i obviously think the book is great But I am thrilled at how many positive reviews it has had and the amount of emails I have received from strangers complimenting me. Thanks to Amazon and to you all Regards Vic
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Autumnbot on July 13, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The Vic Armstrong book reads like you're having a lunch with the guy and you've brought his IMDB list with you, name a title and he'll tell you a story. He writes about each movie he has worked on, large or small (a lot of the better stories happened on the smaller movies). He talks to you like he's your cool uncle, or the uncle you wished you had, really down to earth, but at the same time you can tell he's got a twinkle in his eye as he's talking. He also seems really honest because he'll tell stories of set drama like it's office politics...well, office politics with millions of dollars on the line and lives at risk.

He started out as a horseman, but took on stunt work to help fund his racing. His first role was one of the ninja's in You Only Live Twice. He's been on almost every Bond movie since, not to mention being Indiana Jone's stunt double (the likeness is uncanny, it even fooled Ford's kid). Now he's a very in demand second unit director and stunt coordinator. I thoroughly enjoyed the book, and if you're a movie buff I'm betting you will too. Very, very entertaining.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Cape Rust on May 31, 2012
Format: Paperback
This is a wonderful book for movie buffs, people who are intrigued by stunt work and film buffs alike. The conversational tone was just what this book needed. I never felt like the author was full of himself and he always seemed to understand that he was and never has been above or beyond great bodily harm or worse death. His respect for filmmaking and stunt work are a testament to his professionalism. The inclusion of vignettes from some of THE biggest names in Hollywood give the reader an outside perspective of Vic and how he is viewed by tinsel town. The inclusion of the photos really brought this book home for me and the extensive listing of Vic's film credits in the back of the book is nothing short of epic! Yes some of the movies were less than good or successful, but the list is almost unbelievable. This book is not for everyone, but I really enjoyed it. As a resource for film students or aspiring stuntmen (stunt people) this book is a must! If you fit into any of the categories I mentioned in the first part of the review, this one is for you as well. Because of this book I will never watch movies in the same way, and that is a good thing. After reading this book I felt like I was part of the movie making process. Vic Armstrong really does make the Fall Guy look like a wussy. I would venture to say that the concept for the fall guy might have been based on Vic, but then I realized, the Fall Guy probably would have had to call Vic in to do most of the stunt work....
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Inspector Gadget on June 3, 2011
Format: Hardcover
He might jump an open drawbridge, or Tarzan from a vine, but he's the unknown stunt man that makes Connery look so fine.

If your very strange, like me, you might be the kind of person who watches ALL of movie credits and memorizes names. One such name that pops up frequently is Vic Armstrong. Got a load of action movies in your collection? Just take a look and see how many Vic has had a hand in. He may mostly play second banana to the artistic director, though he's come close to fully directing many big titles. It hasn't happened...yet. And with the exception of Joshua Tree, it's a dream he has still to realize. One has to wonder how differently the space-time continuum would have turned out had Vic been able to become a big-time director sooner.

Despite the words 'World's Greatest' being in the title Vic Armstrong only ever wanted to be a steeplechase jockey. But I guess none of us knows where the life will take us. The path Vic eventually took proved to be filled with adventure, but his love of horses was his ticket to a lifetime of action.

Told (mostly) in chronological order, detailing Vic's childhood through to present day, his life story is filled with chance and lucky encounters. Incredibly skilled he may well be, but being in the right place at the right time never ceases to be essential, and it's remarkable how often Vic managed to stay on the right side of fate.

I always thought Vic Armstrong (or ANY stunt team for that matter) would be deadly serious and humorless, after all it IS a life and death job. But in his four decades-plus as a stunt man he sure did get up to lots of mischief. From surviving four days on a mountain on popcorn, to brewing his own bootleg beer in a hotel room there are plenty of funny stories.
Read more ›
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Fantastic book and adventure story. Vic Armstrong takes us from the Queen's stables to the Oscars in the most amazing adventure ride that touches on some of the greatest cinematic stunts in movie history over the past 40 years. This is a must read for any film student or film class, as it takes the reader behind the scenes into the world of filmmaking, and problem solving. The book is interspersed with quotes from some of the famous names in cinema history, Lucas, Spielberg, Angelina, all putting in their two cents about working with the legendary Vic Armstrong. I had the pleasure of working with him on a film ("Salt") and had no clue that he had done so much in his lifetime. I knew he was the famous stuntman of the Indiana Jones and Bond films, but had no idea the amazing scope of the adventure he's been on. I was fascinated by these stories of his family, the stories of his love of horses, and the journey he takes us on. He once gave me great advice; no matter how far your job takes you from your family, spend a least one weekend a month with them however you can find a way to do that. I'm grateful for the advice. This book is a rare glimpse into the rarefied world of stunts and behind the scenes making of epic films, iconic stunts, but it's also an excellent memoir from a man who is universally loved by everyone who has come across his path. Required reading for any serious cinephile, student of film history or lover of cinema.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more
The True Adventures of the World's Greatest Stuntman: My Life as Indiana Jones, James Bond, Superman and Other Movie Heroes
This item: The True Adventures of the World's Greatest Stuntman: My Life as Indiana Jones, James Bond, Superman and Other Movie Heroes
Price: $17.80
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com

Want to discover more products? Check out these pages to see more: vic morrow movies, vic robinson, vic moore, james armstrong, true adventure biographies