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on 16 December 2013
Just how I really imagined it to be, great actor but a complete looney off screen, but very down to earth character. Good reading if you are an Olly Reed fan.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 5 August 2013
I bought this book because I did admire Oliver Reed as an actor, at least when he was younger, and I was interested to learn more about him. Whilst this book contained some interesting anecdotes about some of the films he made, most of it, inevitably, was about his binge-drinking escapades, which I generally knew about. Although many of his friends, family and fellow-actors regarded him as an intelligent and well-read man, who, when sober, could be very polite and charming, there was no insight into this side of his character in the book. And no real insight into why he drank so much and made such a fool of himself.

All in all, I reached the conclusion that he probably was nothing but a crushing bore, who hobbied at acting, but was not really interested in anything other than getting smashed out of his brain every day.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 8 October 2013
Sellers superb book is highly recommended. I'm almost at the end but its a sad story of Reeds brilliant prospects, his battle with the drink, his unbelievable drunken exploits and the effect this had on his children and his partners. I don't think I would have like to have been a part of Reeds "pack" certainly the liver would have taken its toll but by the 80s his behavior is becoming increasingly erratic, stories of trying to make Leslie Charteris a "blood brother" and letting off shotguns at no longer wanted kitchen clocks!. Sellers book is well written, researched and is unique as it is authorised. Reed has not been a subject I really wanted to take a look at but as soon as this came out I got it, 5 stars I look forward to Sellers next subject, what about Robert Shaw?.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 15 June 2013
I've read Oliver's autobiography 'Reed all about me' and 'Evil Spirits' so I feel I'm well placed to comment on this new book about his life.

It inevitably treads over the same ground as the 2 previously mentioned books but does contain alot more insights from his friends and family - ideally I think it should be read with 'Reed all about me' to gain a fuller picture of the man who was very complex.

I think the book ultimately fails to explain why Oliver was like he was - he wasn't an alcoholic, he liked to drink but didn't seem addicted to it.

If anything the book confirms my perception that he was a character not of this time - if had lived a few hundred years ago his antics would have been more acceptable, his distant relative Peter the Great must have past on some of those genes down the line which gave him his eccentric unique character - he was just living in the wrong time of political correctness. He did what he wanted when he wanted, he loved who he wanted when he wanted - and to live life like that must be applauded.
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on 17 April 2015
Wonderful book , so well written and researched ,it does answer some of the questions that I wondered about him and explains so much
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on 4 December 2013
Stuffed with facts, but there did seem to be some huge gaps! Nevertheless a terrific read about one of the last true hell raisers.
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on 25 February 2015
A book of incredible energy. You are able to share his life and the differing relationships. He meant a lot to many
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on 9 July 2013
Brilliant, elegant description of a larger than life person. Whilst the more I read the more I came to dislike Ollie, Sellers himself remains objective and professional. A good rollicking read.
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on 22 February 2015
Very amusing and interesting initially but get rather repetitive from about the middle of the book.
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on 8 August 2013
Whatever you thought of Oliver Reed you could never ignore him. He was outrageous and over the top and he drank too much. But he was a great actor and if you are a 60's person you can never forget Women in Love. He was part of the 60's like the Beatles and Carnaby Street.
This biography is well written and it manages to get beyond the façade of the public figure and bring out much about the man who was Oliver Reed. I recommend it as an interesting read.

Gerry Mc Menemy.
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