H. J. E. Devereux

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The Kid Stays in the Picture: A Hollywood Life by Robert Evans
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars THE Hollywood Memoir, 7 Mar 2003
This has to be one the best inside Hollywood books ever written. Robert Evans Actor turned Paramount Production head turned the studio around from the dark uncertain days of the mid sixties to the glory of, Rosemary's Baby, The Godfather Pts 1 & 2 and Love Story. Evans cuts a path through Hollywood like a man possessed with a desire to see Paramount rise from the ashes of its bloated existence. The cast list is far greater than any Hollywood epic before or since as Evans counts Jack Nicholson, and Warren Beatty as close friends. His use of Godfather terminology and the importance of his brother highlight his passion for loyalty.
Although Evans has lead shall we say a full life the cost… Read more
L.A. Times by Stuart Woods
L.A. Times by Stuart Woods
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This is, quite simply, a riveting read and well worth the wait that ordering demands. A young Mafia hood and child from a violent home graduates from New York Film School and makes his way to LA via making low budget feature film, stealing his directors girl and getting revenge on in his violent father. He reinvents himself as Michael Vincent a young brilliant producer who has an eye for a good story and a ruthless drive to succeed.
This is a cracking good story and well worth the read imagine "The Player" meeting "The Godfather". The pace is quick and the ever present atmosphere of revenge and the dangers of moviemaking are there on every page. Featuring great characters, The ruthless… Read more
Martinis, Girls and Guns: 50 Years of 007 by Gary Morecambe
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Rare Breed, 3 Feb 2003
This book is a rare breed in that it aims to cover both the films and the books behind the James Bond phenomenon. From tracing Ian Fleming's childhood and previous occupations before entering the employ of the government during the Second World War and his journalist career. The background to his creating James Bond is put across very well. The struggles as a writer to be taken seriously and his eventual eclipsing by his own creation (parallels with Sherlock Holmes and Conan Doyle). The toll the various law suits which were held against him in the 50's and 60's are shown to have taken 007s creators vim and vigour away are written honestly and with feeling. The authors have taken great pains… Read more