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.