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Tall, Dark and Gruesome [Paperback]

Sir Christopher Lee
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22 Oct 1998
From Scaramanga in "The Man With the Golden Gun" to Count Dracula - and related roles of dark fantasy and gothic menace - Christopher Lee has been associated in filmgoers' minds as the face of villany across the decades. Witty, anecdotal and entertaining, his memoirs cover all his working life.

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Vista; New edition (22 Oct 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575602325
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575602328
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 10.9 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 368,055 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It's hard to describe what a wonderful story Lee's entire life makes. In these days when movie stars are bred out of cheesy sitcoms or marketed by agencies looking for the right package, Lee's story reminds us why the best actors and the best stars are the ones who happened along out of life's trials and tribulations. Just home from the war in which he served with distinction, Lee took the advice of his uncle, the Italian ambassador in London, to try his hand at acting. He little knew how much hard work it would be, slogging his way for years through movies as stand-ins, stunt doubles, etc., before Hammer discovered him.
Perhaps the most poignant thing about this memoir is its author's forthright admission that he started out in the acting business "with no innate talent" but found over the years how good he could become by studying and studying the craft. The humor with which he recalls his films and the friends he met working in them ("But just think of the appalling people you'll meet!" his mother warned) is priceless. As a writer and producer, I can't help but appreciate the influence his films had on me in school and in my work. I recommend this book even for cinema buffs who don't like the films that made Lee famous. Should be required reading for every film-acting class in the country.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a true original 26 Oct 2000
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So many autobiographies are stories just not worth telling but this... Christopher Lee's fascinating and often bizarre life makes a brilliant tale in its own right whether you are a fan or not. What an incredible bloke - how many of us can say that we were born the son of an Italian aristocrat, that our father and stepfather were both compulsive gamblers while our mother was a society beauty, that we were introduced to Rasputin's assassins as children, that we fell from privilege to poverty in the blink of an eye, and that we number such an astonishing array of people from cardinals to boxers among our friends? I've rarely read a biography that has endeared someone to me so much, so take a look yourself, get beneath the villainous exterior, and discover a wonderful self-deprecating sense of humour, honesty, and a great sense of the ridiculous.
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