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LEE VAN CLEEF: BEST OF THE BAD [Paperback]

Mike Malloy , Michael G. McGlasson
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10 Nov 2010
He had the face of a true villain, chiseled to perfection. Director Sergio Leone, best-known for "The Man With No Name" spaghetti western trilogy, once described Van Cleef as having the face of a hawk; actor Eli Wallach called it "wonderfully alive" and full of wickedness. As an actor, Van Cleef portrayed some of the best movie villains of all time-Angel Eyes in The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, and Frank Talby in Day of Anger. Although more than twenty years have passed since his premature death in 1989, Lee Van Cleef remains a cinematic icon for millions of film fans worldwide, and his legacy as the "Best of the Bad" is set in granite. Lee Van Cleef: Best of the Bad explores the life and career of this great actor, a man with unbounded talent and a heart of finely-polished gold. Through interviews and numerous sources, Best of the Bad reveals the real Lee Van Cleef and discusses his roles in For A Few Dollars More, The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, and Day of Anger, along with chapters on mythic archetypes and historical gunfighters and bounty hunters. Also included is a foreword by Mike Malloy, author of Lee Van Cleef: A Biographical, Film, and Television Reference.


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  • Paperback: 90 pages
  • Publisher: BearManor Media (10 Nov 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593936176
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593936174
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 22.6 x 15 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 886,504 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J. Lovins TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
BearManor Media presents "LEE VAN CLEEF: BEST OF THE BAD" (Paperback), by Michael G. McGlasson (Author), Mike Malloy (Foreword)

The opening foreword of this book by Mike Malloy, completely grabs you: "Antihero, This word gets thrown around a lot when describing the protagonists occupying the cruel, ruthless world of the Italian made spaghetti westerns of the 1960s and 1970s, where the only difference between the (alleged) Good Guys and the (extreme) Bad Guys is that the former limits their killing to the latter. So naturally "antihero" is usually the label bestowed upon the spaghetti western roles of Lee Van Cleef, who was easily one of the genre's biggest and most iconic stars".

We that being said, Van Cleef's character or persona evolves into this hero right before our very eyes, which became a standard formula in some of the best spaghettis...with the exception of THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY (1966). In most cases abandons the self interests quest for revenge or payback, switches to aiding the young man in finding closure in the film DEATH RIDES A HORSE (1967).

Agree with Mike Malloy, Van Cleef depicts heroism with such a perfect world weariness that he never comes off as a stuffy, straight laced, goody two shoes protagonists...Cleef's western performances are obviously timeless, with all of his performances on television as a filler badman or character actor in the vast cast of players...feel his short time in the business left a mark from his career, that of a HERO, who played the part with feeling and truism.

Very reasonable and a good value for the price --- For product description and editorial review check this out on the Amazon site above my review.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not A Biography!!! 9 Dec 2010
By nmollo VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
Not A Biography!!!

I purchased Lee Van Cleef: The Best Of the Bad thinking it would be a biography of the man and the movie star BUT...

....on receiving a large box from Amazon, inside was the slimest book I have seen short of being called a pamphlet. The Amazon description states 90 pages but this "book" is in fact less than 60 pages of actual text.

And what text!!! There is a short biography of Lee Van Cleef consisting of 16 pages. It is virtually the same information as is posted on IMDb or Wikipedia. Some simplistic essays follow which to all intents and purposes are utterly useless.

Very disappointed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Best of the Bad ... Lee Van Cleef ... Michael G. McGlasson (Author) (2010) (4.5 star rating)" 7 Nov 2011
By J. Lovins - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
BearManor Media presents "LEE VAN CLEEF: BEST OF THE BAD" (Paperback), by Michael G. McGlasson (Author), Mike Malloy (Foreword)

The opening foreword of this book by Mike Malloy, completely grabs you: "Antihero, This word gets thrown around a lot when describing the protagonists occupying the cruel, ruthless world of the Italian made spaghetti westerns of the 1960s and 1970s, where the only difference between the (alleged) Good Guys and the (extreme) Bad Guys is that the former limits their killing to the latter. So naturally "antihero" is usually the label bestowed upon the spaghetti western roles of Lee Van Cleef, who was easily one of the genre's biggest and most iconic stars".

We that being said, Van Cleef's character or persona evolves into this hero right before our very eyes, which became a standard formula in some of the best spaghettis...with the exception of THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY (1966). In most cases abandons the self interests quest for revenge or payback, switches to aiding the young man in finding closure in the film DEATH RIDES A HORSE (1967).

Agree with Mike Malloy, Van Cleef depicts heroism with such a perfect world weariness that he never comes off as a stuffy, straight laced, goody two shoes protagonists...Cleef's western performances are obviously timeless, with all of his performances on television as a filler badman or character actor in the vast cast of players...feel his short time in the business left a mark from his career, that of a HERO, who played the part with feeling and truism.

Very reasonable and a good value for the price --- For product description and editorial review check this out on the Amazon site above my review.

TABLE OF CONTENTS: (Chapter, Title and Page Numbers)

Acknowledgments --- 1
Foreword: "A Good Guy, After All" by Mike Malloy --- 2
Introduction --- 8
The Extraordinary Life of Lee Van Cleef --- 14
The Mythic Archtype of the Villain --- 33
The Gunfighter and the Bounty Hunter:
Fact vs. Fiction --- 39
The Guns of Lee Van Cleef --- 48
Portrait Gallery --- 56
The Gunmen:
Colonel Douglas Mortimer: Vengeance Is Mine ---61
Angel Eyes: 200,000 Reasons To Kill --- 64
Frank Talby: A Man Without A Conscience --- 66
Fade Out: The Legacy of Lee Van Cleef --- 71
Bibliography --- 77
Index --- 81

BIOS:
Lee Van Cleef [aka: Clarence Leroy Van Cleef Jr.]
Date of Birth: 9 January 1925 - Somerville, New Jersey
Date of Death: 16 December 1989 - Oxnard, California

BearManor Media, a small press that publishes BIG books. They pride themselves on publishing quality entertainment biographies, so they often put out the first book on unique subjects -- plus specializing in books with nostalgic themes and keeping classic Hollywood alive not only thru his publishing house, but thru his own books. Big thank you to Ben Ohmart and his staff, another winner.

In closing, author Michael G. McGlasson, shedding some light on the life and times of this screen villain, who was also a loving husband and father, a decorated veteran, and a charismatic human being gifted with the ability to bring light into an other wise shadowy world...a thin but enjoyable book for everyones reading pleasure.

Highly recommend - a good read!

Total Page: 90 Pages ~ BearManor Media #ISBN-13: 978-1593936174 ~ (November 10, 2010)
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lee Van Cleef: The Best Of The Bad 19 Dec 2010
By Alanna - Published on Amazon.com
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Great book for every Lee Van Cleef fan to have simply because it contains more information about actor's little known life that hasn't been available before. My only qualm about this book is that the author did not research his information too carefully. The time frames of certain incidents in LVC's life are incorrectly labled. Also, McGlasson seems to put too much emphasis on the interview of Luciano Vencenzoni, by Cenk Kiral, in which Vencenzoni describes Van Cleef as being "totally drunk" when he first met Sergio Leone to discuss the part of Col.Mortimer in "For A Few Dollars More".
Since it is well known by many LVC aficionados that Vencenzoni has a penchant for exaggeration like his close friend Leone did, it is a little concerning that McGlasson would take so much of Vencenzoni's words as fact. He should have put a disclaimer of some kind to indicate that Vencenzoni's interview should be taken with more than just a grain of salt.
Still the information regarding Van Cleef's Naval service is very interesting and never has been made public before to my knowledge. It is tidbits like this that make this book and any book about Van Cleef a must have.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not A Biography!!! 9 Dec 2010
By nmollo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Not A Biography!!!

I purchased Lee Van Cleef: The Best Of the Bad thinking it would be a biography of the man and the movie star BUT...

....on receiving a large box from Amazon, inside was the slimest book I have seen short of being called a pamphlet. The Amazon description states 90 pages but this "book" is in fact less than 60 pages of actual text.

And what text!!! There is a short biography of Lee Van Cleef consisting of 16 pages. It is virtually the same information as is posted on IMDb or Wikipedia. Some simplistic essays follow which to all intents and purposes are utterly useless.

Very disappointed.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your time or money. 2 Dec 2013
By Peggy Breen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Hardly a biography. It's more of a pamphlet than a book, & not worthy of Van Cleef's career. Google has more info about him than this flimsy "book."
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Slim pickings 20 Mar 2011
By La Mascara - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Basically a collection of very short essays.
The biographical essay offers no detailed information about LVC's life that I haven't read elsewhere.
Another was about the guns used in some of his films which could have benefited from a few illustrations.
Still another was supposedly about the "real" bounty hunters but was fairly short on historical detail by the author's own admission. So why include it?
The other essays are the author's ruminations on the characters played by LVC but offered little insight and were of no interest to me.
So while I'm sure the author is a big fan, this book has little to offer other fans. Perhaps it's useful as a primer to someone just
discovering the movies of LVC? Even then Mike Malloy's book about the actual movies might be a better purchase.
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