- Hardcover: 464 pages
- Publisher: Brooklands Books Ltd; illustrated edition edition (6 Feb. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0837602343
- ISBN-13: 978-0837602349
- Product Dimensions: 27.6 x 21.3 x 3.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 421,896 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
A French Kiss with Death: Steve McQueen and the Making of Le Mans (Driving) Hardcover – Illustrated, 6 Feb 2012
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The story of the Steve McQueen film "Le Mans", based on the 1970 race, is a story of ego winning over common sense. In the Sixties McQueen was "cool".
He raised the finance to make a feature film based upon the Le Mans race.Ironically his producers and, more likely, their insurers refused to let him actually drive in the race.
The story line puts McQueen in a Gulf Porsche 917 against the Scuderia Ferrari 512's. The inspiration was the close finish of the 1969 race. The strap line on the poster said "Steve McQueen goes for a drive in the country. The country is France and the drive is at 200 mph." At the end of the day the car was the star and that car was a Gulf Porsche 917.
The story of how the film came together and was completed is more interesting than the film itself. No script and the need to recreate racing sequences following the bad weather during the actual race caused production to halt and a new director was appointed to bring the film in on time and in budget.
Whilst this was going on McQueen crashed a hire car putting both himself and a co-star, with whom he was having an affair, through the windscreen. He was said to be high on cocaine at the time. His wife and children later appeared on the set but this did little to stop his extra matrimonial activities.
That said the book of the film of the man is a superb "snap shot" of a fascinating event at a fascinating time. The many candid photographs and personal recollections from drivers and film crew involved are revealing but anything that features Porsche 917's and Ferrari 512's at close quarters is worth viewing.
if you like the film,this is a must read. 10/10.the coolest actor in the coolest race car.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is the book I have wanted for quite some time, it is a superb book with a behind the scenes look st how the film was made.Published 1 month ago by John R Kittle
A very comprehensive account (as stated on the cover) of the man, the race and the film. There are many photos all in monochrome and some are a little grainy but if you want to... Read morePublished 8 months ago by David James O'Donnell
Bought as Xmas present for my son. He said it is excellent and loved the book.Published on 20 Jan. 2010 by Ciocia
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