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


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books (May 17, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848568746
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848568747
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.3 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #154,275 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Victor Armstrong on August 25, 2011
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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
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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.
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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....
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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.
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I think what I liked about the book is that it almost read like a diary. This is both a weakness and a strength. A strength is that it feels like there is a constant narrative going on with one event leading into the other, where you can measurably follow his career path. The weakness being is that this book could have been tightened up a bit to help with the pacing and flow. This is not necessarily bad because it felt like one of those instances where you are listening to someone tell a tale.

I would be very interested if this title is ever revised to add more background stories, particularly the shenanigans of the stuntmen. Yes we are told that this happened, but we were never given too many details in some cases. I am going to assume this is to protect the innocent :). That and I would be interested in more Raiders stories, but hey, that's just me.

On a personal note, Vic, if I ever get the chance to meet you, I would love to shake your hand and get your autograph because I never realized how many of the movies you worked on were a part of my childhood, and for that, I thank you sir.
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