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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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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: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #565,439 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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Deeply entertaining series of anecdotes about a deeply entertaining life. Armstrong is exactly the kind of dude you want to sit down and have a beer with just to listen to all his stories, and the ghostwriter managed to capture the feeling of doing exactly that. This isn't a technical manual for how they do movie stunts (although there is some of that in places as Armstrong describes various setups he's particularly proud of) -- it's a string of "no sh!t, no sh!t, there I was" stories that will leave you appreciating the men and women who work behind the scenes (and occasionally in front of the camera) to make movies look good and action stars look invincible.
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I enjoyed the book, some areas more than others. Each movie that Vic worked on is like a small chapter in the book where he gives his details, and memories of the work he did on each film. He's honest too which is cool cause you get to hear about the beef he had with certain directors and actors and to be honest, this is my favorite stuff to read. You realize some directors don't have a clue about the business as they were fired during production. Vic Armstrong was the go to guy for all major movies. Vic is frank, funny and a joy to read. You really root for him when times got tuff. He seems like a guy you could have a beer with and tell old stories. Vic talks about two of my favorite movies also, the Indiana Jones series and Superman The Movie. He also reveals the special fx tricks and rigs they used with great detail, though I still can't figure them out in my head technically without a visual. But, it's nice he took the time to explain them. He tells some funny/dangerous tales throughout while working on sets. A good read if your a fan of behind the scenes work in movies.
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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.
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Vic has lived an awesome life and has starred (even though his face doesn't always show) in some of the biggest movies of the last few decades. This book is compelling and reads as a matter-of-fact telling of some of the greatest stunts that have been performed in movies. Interesting to see the luck involved to make it in the business and Vic has been fortunate to not have the same fate as so many others in the stunt industry.
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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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