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|20 MAY 2011
VIC ARMSTRONG: MY LIFE AS JAMES BOND & OTHERS
|Vic Armstrong's autobiography: My Life as Indiana Jones, James Bond, Superman and Other Action Heroes is published by Titan Books.
Think you don’t know Vic Armstong? Wrong! You’ve seen his work in countless films.
He’s been stunt double for James Bond, Indiana Jones and Superman, and he’s directed action scenes for three Bond movies (Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), The World Is Not Enough (1999) and Die Another Day (2002)), Mission Impossible III (2006), I Am Legend (2007) and Thor (2011), to name but a few. He’s got a lot of amazing stories to tell, and they’re all here in this, the movie memoir of the year.
“Be warned, whenever Vic says ‘I’ve got an idea’, something dangerous is about to happen. That’s why we love him.” - Angelina Jolie
“Vic was a great guy to work with on the Bond films and a legendary stuntman…He’s the man.” - Pierce Brosnan
You may not know it, but you’ve seen Vic Armstrong’s work in countless movies.
From performing stunts in the James Bond movie You Only Live Twice (1967) to directing the actions scenes for recent blockbusters The Green Hornet and Thor, the Academy Award-winning Vic Armstrong has been a legend in the movie industry for over 40 years. Along the way he’s been the stunt double for a whole host of iconic heroes, including 007, Superman, and most memorably, Indiana Jones – as Harrison Ford once joked to him, “If you learn to talk I’m in deep trouble.”
As a stunt co-ordinator and second unit director, Vic is behind the creation of such movies as Total Recall, The Mission, Dune, Rambo III, Terminator 2, Charlie’s Angels, Gangs of New York, War of the Worlds, I Am Legend and Mission: Impossible III, to name but a few, as well as several Bond films.
He’s got a lot of amazing stories to tell, and they’re all here in this hugely entertaining movie memoir, which also features exclusive contributions from many of Vic’s colleagues and friends, including Harrison Ford, George Lucas, Martin Scorsese, Pierce Brosnan, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Angelina Jolie, Kenneth Branagh and Sir Christopher Lee.
With an introduction by Steven Spielberg, and over 100 previously unpublished on-set photos from Vic’s own collection.
“No CGI can match what Vic can accomplish.” -Steven Spielberg
“Vic Armstrong is, of course, a legend in the film world.” -Martin Scorsese
“No one does better action sequences than Vic.” -Arnold Schwarzenegger
“Vic has evolved from a stuntman to a filmmaker, and one of the best.” -Harrison Ford
“He is one of the greatest ever stuntmen, a top stunt co-ordinator, and also a director in his own right. He’s had a great career and he deserves it.” -Sir Christopher Lee
Hardcover: 384 pages plus 32 pages with colour photos and B&W photos throughout
Publisher: Titan Books
About the author:
Vic Armstrong is in the Guinness Book of Records as the World's Most Prolific Stuntman. He’s been "James Bond", "Indiana Jones", "Superman" and many other action heroes. Vic is inducted into Hollywood Stuntmen's Hall Of Fame since 1982. More information about Vic Armstrong's fabulous career on his official website.
Robert Sellers is the author of several books, including a biography on Sean Connery. Sellers is also the author of The Battle for Bond, a brilliant book with previously unpublished Bond history.
Rave reviews from the press:
>Film Monthly - Reviewed by Robert Baum
>Hollywood.com - Reviewed by Peter Hall
>Huffington Post - Reviewed by Lucas Kavner
>Impact Online - Reviewed by Jill McDole
>Movieline - Reviewed by S.T. VanAirsdale
>007 Magazine - Reviewed by Jon Auty
Vic Armstrong worked with Swedish actor Dolph Lundgren on Cover Up (1991), Universal Soldier (1992), Joshua Tree (1993) and Johnny Mnemonic (1995).
The paperback edition of Vic Armstrong's autobiography was published in May 2012.
Other interesting biographies featured on From Sweden with Love:
>Alan Hume (official)
>Albert R. Broccoli (official)
>Bert Luxford (official)
>Christopher Lee (official)
>Christopher Wood (official)
>Daniel Craig (unofficial)
>Derek Meddings (unofficial)
>Desmond Llewelyn (official)
>Dolph Lundgren (official)
>Eunice Gayson (official)
>Gloria Hendry (official)
>Ian Fleming (official)
>James Bond (official)
>Jane Seymour (official)
>John Barry (unofficial)
>John Glen (official)
>Judi Dench (official)
>Ken Adam (official)
>Ken Wallis (official)
>Kingsley Amis (official)
>Leslie Bricusse (official)
>Lewis Gilbert (official)
>Nikki van der Zyl (official)
>Pierce Brosnan (unofficial)
>Richard Kiel (official)
>Robert Dix (official)
>Roger Moore (official)
>Sean Connery (official)
>Shane Rimmer (official)
>Shirley Eaton (official)
>Syd Cain (official)
>Tom Mankiewicz (official)
>Vic Flick (official)
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