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Sean Bean The Biography Paperback – 25 Oct 2001

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus; New edition edition (25 Oct. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749922362
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749922368
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.5 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 597,032 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Laura Jackson is a highly regarded biographer. She has published biographies of many rock and film stars including: Steven Tyler, Queen, Kiefer Sutherland, Brian May and Jon Bon Jovi. Laura lives in Scotland.

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BRANDED AS 'undeniably, Britain's greatest living sex bomb', at the beginning of the 21st century Sean Bean tops the list of many casting directors on the lookout for hot British talent. Read the first page
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Feb. 2002
Format: Paperback
Fans of Sean Bean reading this biography and hoping for indepth information about his life and career are in for a big disappointment. The author provides plenty of peripheral information but does not touch upon the true character of her subject and the 'sugary' anecdotes of friends and colleagues, on which she heavily relies, present an image of Bean which is frankly too good to be true. Even his failed marriages are given the same saccharine treatment. The photographs, however, are excellent.
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13 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Nov. 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is surely a must for all Sharpe fans.At last a concise reference to all the works performed by Sean Bean. There are many quotes from fellow phesbians,all agreeing that Sean was an easy going at times private individual who had a high acting ability.There are a few photographs in the biography but could have definitely included some more.It would have been also interesting to have the views of the actor himself, unless he was too busy following Sheffield United or in the pub with the lads!
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11 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 July 2004
Format: Hardcover
Truly terrible. This is one of the worst books I have ever read. It is a collection of film reviews and critics comments strung together with sycophantic rubbish. This book does no justice to the subject. Reveals little that could not have been read in the newspapers.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
An Interesting and Informative Biography 19 Sept. 2001
By Tiggah - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Born in Sheffield of working-class stock, Sean Bean has risen to become one of Britain's most popular and respected actors, while always remaining true to his roots. Biographer Laura Jackson does a splendid job of covering the life and career of this charismatic yet enigmatic individual.
Sean Bean is a very private individual, and apart from the first dozen pages which deal with his youth, and tidbits here and there pertaining to his personal life and relationships, the focus of the book is on his career. Commencing with his first acting job at the age of 21 in a 1980 production of "Cabaret," through his subsequent (and impressive) enrolment in London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, and culminating with his role in 2001's "Fellowship of the Ring," Jackson takes us year by year through Bean's extensive and varied career. She presents a brief summary of each project Bean was involved in, as well as background information such as how the particular project came about, how or why Bean was chosen, and so on.
The project given the most attention in the book is the tremendously popular "Sharpe" series. With five series filmed over as many years, much of the latter half of the book is devoted to a behind-the-scenes look at this series. There are plenty of anecdotes from many involved in the production (including author Bernard Cornwell himself!), and it is the part of the book that I personally enjoyed the most.
Bean's character, personality and professional ability are revealed primarily through interviews with former tutors and teachers, as well as professional colleagues (such as directors, producers, and fellow actors). Being human, Bean is not without his flaws, and some of his opinions are sure to cause many a cringe. Overall, however, the portrait that is painted is of a man who, though naturally shy and reserved, is kind, thoughtful and considerate of others and whose unpretentious and down-to-earth nature belies his hard-earned status as an international celebrity.
As for the book itself, it is 231 pages and includes an index and a list of all Bean's appearances in film, television and theatre. There are 19 photos (mostly colour) on eight pages. Most of the photos are of Bean in his professional capacity; only three are of his family, and they are public shots rather than from any personal collection. There are (somewhat surprisingly) no photos of Bean growing up; the earliest photo of him is at age 21.
All in all, this was an interesting and informative book focusing on the career of a very talented and versatile actor. Recommended to fans of the "Sharpe" series or of Sean Bean's work in general.
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Great title no content 12 Mar. 2002
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I have been a fan of Sean Bean for some time - from the first time I saw the Sharpe series through the Robert Lovelace/Clarissa role and the odd villainous appearances. I don't generally read biographies of actors but thought since he'd portrayed such an interesting variety of characters that there would be an interesting person behind them. However, I wouldn't know if there was or not. He seems to have led an interesting life but there really isn't a shred of the man himself in this book.
Maybe it's too much to expect - I wasn't looking for dirt but I was certainly looking for substance and found nothing. "Everyone likes him, he's a man's man, he's a great actor". The book leads you to believe that he had about as much depth as a cereal bowl and I tend to think that there's more to this actor than that. I found it very vacuous.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Interesting read but... 23 April 2002
By Megan Stoner - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Laura Jackson does get some of the details wrong, like stating that Sean Bean divorced his first wife after moving to London to attend at RADA. In reality, they split before. However, she provides an overall well-rounded portrait of the actor, which makes for an interesting if rather quick read. There are several pages of colour photos as well, an added point of interest, and fascinating details about several of Sean Bean's projects. How many people know that several of the cast of Sharpe got very ill from the Ukraine catering?
If you're looking for a book to fill in the gaps on your knowledge of this actor, or just something to while away a lazy summer afternoon, this one will do quite nicely. And the cover alone is gorgeous - surely Sean Bean should get an award for Best Smile of the Year?
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Softly, Softly 5 July 2001
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I looked forward to this book with great anticipation, having just become a Sean Bean fan via a re-broadcast of the Sharpe series here in Canada. I was therefore majorly disappointed when I finally received it, and, started to read that what we have here is a major schmooze fest, your basic typical celebrity bio in which people say nice things about the star in question, &, that's about all. There is no nitty gritty, no digging to find out what really makes Sean Bean tick. He's gone through 3 marriages & it's all dealt with in less than 10 pages. On the up side there are some interesting quotes from co-stars, & colleagues. There are some interesting descriptions about how some projects got made, particularily Sharpe. Mostly, though, it's style without substance.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
not for sale 28 Aug. 2003
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I read this book because I ordered it from an inter library loan. It is not for sale through Amazon much to my disappointment. The book is a good overview of Mr.Bean's work in films. It does not offer anything else.
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