A French Kiss with Death: Steve McQueen and the Making of Le Mans (Driving) Hardcover – Illustrated, 6 Feb 2012
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Keyser-Worked as a photographer & racer
Jonathan Williams is a curator in the department of coins and medals at the British Museum. He is a specialist on Roman and Iron Age coins. He lives in London.
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The story of the Steve McQueen film "Le Mans", based on the 1970 race, is a story of ego winning over common sense. In the Sixties McQueen was "cool".
He raised the finance to make a feature film based upon the Le Mans race.Ironically his producers and, more likely, their insurers refused to let him actually drive in the race.
The story line puts McQueen in a Gulf Porsche 917 against the Scuderia Ferrari 512's. The inspiration was the close finish of the 1969 race. The strap line on the poster said "Steve McQueen goes for a drive in the country. The country is France and the drive is at 200 mph." At the end of the day the car was the star and that car was a Gulf Porsche 917.
The story of how the film came together and was completed is more interesting than the film itself. No script and the need to recreate racing sequences following the bad weather during the actual race caused production to halt and a new director was appointed to bring the film in on time and in budget.
Whilst this was going on McQueen crashed a hire car putting both himself and a co-star, with whom he was having an affair, through the windscreen. He was said to be high on cocaine at the time. His wife and children later appeared on the set but this did little to stop his extra matrimonial activities.
That said the book of the film of the man is a superb "snap shot" of a fascinating event at a fascinating time. The many candid photographs and personal recollections from drivers and film crew involved are revealing but anything that features Porsche 917's and Ferrari 512's at close quarters is worth viewing.
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This is the book I have wanted for quite some time, it is a superb book with a behind the scenes look st how the film was made.Published 7 months ago by John R Kittle
just received this book,well worth the money,some colour pics would have been nice but not that big a deal,mcqueen is certainly not a saint,but such is life. Read morePublished on 15 Jan. 2012 by kawaman21
Bought as Xmas present for my son. He said it is excellent and loved the book.Published on 20 Jan. 2010 by Ciocia
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