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  • Paperback: 500 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (28 Feb. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595342442
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595342440
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 550,976 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ed Robertson has written extensively about popular culture since 1990. He has had five books published, including two on the career of James Garner: Maverick: Legend of the West, a history of Garner?s classic Western from the 1950s, and This is Jim Rockford: The Rockford Files, which was originally published in 1995. Ed was also a consultant and onscreen commentator on two documentaries on Garner?s life and career: ?James Garner,? an hour-long film produced by NBC, and ?Hollywood Maverick,? a segment produced for A&E?s Biography that continues to air regularly on the Biography Channel. He also writes for Media Life Magazine, and has contributed to a variety of publications and media venues, including the liner notes for many titles currently available through Columbia House Video Library.A recognized expert in pop culture, Ed Robertson is frequently contacted by journalists across the country for comments on topics related to film, music and television. He has been quoted in such newspapers and media outlets as TV Guide, FoxNews.com, ABCNews.com, USA Today, The London Observer, The Toronto Star, The Christian Science Monitor, The Dallas Morning News, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The San Francisco Chronicle and The Los Angeles Times. He has also appeared on over 150 radio and TV programs, including Showbiz Today, CNN Headline News, First Light (Westwood One Radio Network), Up All Night (BBC Radio), Talk to America (Voice of America Radio Network), The Todd Mundt Show (National Public Radio), The Mancow Muller Show, E! News Today, The High Price of Fame and Entertainment Tonight, and is a regular guest on The Ronn Owens Program (KGO-AM, San Francisco), Hot Talk with Tony Gill (WAIC-FM, Springfield) and The Tony Trupiano Show (Michigan Talk Radio Network).www.edrobertson.com

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Ian on 19 Aug. 2009
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Thirty years of the Rockford Files...the definitive guide to the classic detective series.
Everything you ever wanted to know about the show and its stars, locations, cars and behind the scenes politics is all here.
I bought this book just after I was given the dvd series 1-4 box set as a gift. The book includes episode guides with cast lists, script details and trivia and much more and I found it great to read in conjunction with the relevent episode. You gain much more than from just watching the show alone.
Sometimes these type of books are a let down but not this one.
The authors enthusiasm and passion for the show shines through and the attention to detail is superb.
I thoroughly recommend this book to all fans of the series. It's the Rockford Files bible!
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a large paperback book for the Rockford purists - but a good read none the less - if you love the series you will love the book - full of good pictures and info - recommended for Rockford/ Garner fans especially.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Crossland on 20 Dec. 2014
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Tremendous, super & detailed guide to a greatly entertaining show. They don't often make 'em like that any more. An awful lot of work has gone into this book & I find it very enjoyable to read along with the DVD's. I can see in my mind the characters like 'weasely' Angel & long suffering Denis etc. Thanks for your efforts Ed.
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A must for those who have followed Rockford Files throughout the years. Very informative and detailed.
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The Perfect Companion Guide! 5 May 2005
By Flynn M. - Published on Amazon.com
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I've been a "Rockford Files" junkie almost as long as the series began its original network run in 1974 and it's still my favorite show of all time. When the first edition of this book "This is Jim Rockford" was released ten years ago I was amazed at the amount of research that went into making it one of the best books on the history on any television show I'd ever read. It was so chock full of detail, from the draft notes of series creator Roy Huggins' original concept from 1972 to the return of "Rockford" to network television in 1994, that I was sure there was nothing more that could be said on the subject of "Rockford."

Well, I was wrong! With this updated version Robertson has dug even deeper, providing the reader with over 200 pages of new facts and information on the original NBC series (much of which wasn't available ten years ago), plus detailed analysis of the eight "Rockford" reunion movies that aired on CBS in the late 1990s. The new edition also includes an honest and critical perspective on the career of James Garner: why he excelled as Jim Rockford, and why he remains one of America's most cherished film and television actors. There's also invaluable insight from "Rockford" insider Rob Howe, behind-the-scenes photos of Garner on the set you don't normally see, and a further look at the various internal conflicts with the studio which were very telling and rather surprising in light of the show's continued success.

THIRTY YEARS OF THE ROCKFORD FILES is not only a complete history of "Rockford" on television, but an important chapter in the history of television. With the first season of "Rockford" due out on DVD later this year (finally!), this book is the perfect companion guide. I highly recommend it.
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The ultimate Rockford Files book 10 Dec. 2005
By H. Argun - Published on Amazon.com
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Thirty Years of the Rockford Files has everything that you would ever want to know about (in my opinion) the greatest television series ever. The book is an updated version of Robertson's original book "This is Jim Rockford..." which was written over 10 years ago. Thirty years has much of the same info. as the original book with plenty of interviews of cast and crew members as well new photographs. There is an episode guide which is as comprehensive as they come and there is also an expanded summary of information regarding the 8 CBS Rockford File movies. All in all, this book is a must for all Rockford Files fans, along with the season 1 DVD set which has just come out.
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"This is Jim Rockford..." 18 Aug. 2006
By Terry Sunday - Published on Amazon.com
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With the classic 1974-1980 NBC detective show "The Rockford Files" finally coming out on DVD, the time is right for a comprehensive series guide book such as Ed Robertson's "Thirty Years of The Rockford Files." As portrayed by veteran actor James Garner, hard-bitten (and hard-luck) private detective Jim Rockford virtually defined the genre for many years. The show was incredibly popular at the time, and has played continuously in reruns ever since--hence the "Thirty Years" in the title. Garnering five Emmy Awards, including a Best Actor for Garner and a Best Dramatic Series, "The Rockford Files" was one of the most successful and unforgettable television series ever made.

"Thirty Years of The Rockford Files" is packed with "insider" information about the show. It includes rare behind-the-scenes photographs, interviews with writers, producers, directors and actors, fascinating trivia, the story of "the world's most famous Firebird" and complete episode guides for all six seasons. The description of each episode typically spans a few pages, and includes a cast list, a transcript of the humorous telephone answering machine message that opens each show, a plot summary and a discussion of interesting features of the episode. The plot summaries are very brief, usually just a short paragraph. At first I thought they were too short, but after watching a few episodes and then reading the related summaries, I concluded that they are "just right." Interestingly, most of them don't reveal the resolution of the mystery--you'll have to watch the episode to find out how it ends. Mr. Robertson also briefly summarizes the eight post-series Rockford movies that aired on CBS, and includes a short section on the two "Rockford Files" novels by Edgar-Award-winning mystery writer Stuart Kaminsky that appeared in 1996 and 1998. Finally, he discusses four of the ten unproduced scripts from the sixth season, which ended after only 12 (instead of 22) episodes after James Garner became ill.

If you're buying "The Rockford Files" DVDs as they become available, you'll definitely want to pick up a copy of this book. Of all the television series and movie "companion" books, this is one of the best. Very highly recommended for all Rockford fans.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Rockin Rockford 7 Aug. 2006
By Lee Goldberg - Published on Amazon.com
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If you're as into TV... and TV Private Eyes... as I am, you've got to buy yourself Ed Robertson's "Thirty Years of THE ROCKFORD FILES." The book covers every aspect of the classic series, from the making of the pilot through the production of the eight reunion movies (as well as unproduced scripts and the tie-in books by Stuart Kaminsky among other things). Robertson interviews all the key players in front of, and behind, the camera, including James Garner, Steve Cannell, Roy Huggins, and Charles Floyd Johnson, and provides detailed episode synopses.

Technically, this isn't a new book. It's an update and revision of two earlier books Robertson wrote about THE ROCKFORD FILES ... "This is Jim Rockford" and "The Rockford Files: A 20th Anniversary Tribute." I have both of those books, too (told you I was a geek) and, like improved software, it's well-worth "upgrading" to this new edition.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Files on the Files - entertaining and informative 19 Oct. 2006
By Virgil Christianson - Published on Amazon.com
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In Germany "The Rockford Files" is "Detektiv Rockford", and is still shown now and then on small private channels that (bless 'em) specialize in old American TV series and films. I got hooked on the series years ago by the catchy intro harmonica and swift LA photo montage, the stylish bronze Firebird, and of course the irony and whimsicality of the all-too fallible but ever-persistent Jim Rockford. The book is a supremely helpful companion to the series, with background, commentary and deft summaries of every episode made, including supporting cast. There is a nice chapter on the Firebirds in which our anti-hero tools through the streets and suburbs (and those wonderful hick towns out beyond the 'burbs) of Greater Los Angeles. Bar Columbo, James Garner's Rockford is the most entertaining of the TV detectives, and one of the most memorable (let's not forget somber Jack Webb in "Dragnet"). And this book is about the most entertaining I've yet read on a TV series.
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