By Vic Armstrong
No CGI can fit what Vic can accomplish - Steven Spielberg "Vic is the guy" - Pierce Brosnan"Vic Armstrong is, in fact, a legend" - Martin Scorsese"This is the easiest and most unique behind-the-scenes ebook i've got learn in years, gripping and revealing. Vic Armstrong is unassuming, funny and wry - altogether amazing company." - Roger Lewis, Daily Mail"[A] page-turner... i could not placed it down! I had a good time interpreting this publication and provides it my optimum recommendation." - Leonard Maltin"[Vic has] been this unheralded savior of motion picture magic for decades, and listening to how he makes the very good credible is a needs to for any film fan." - Hollywood.com"Armstrong's a desirable man and a immediately shooter. His booklet is fantastic." - Ain't It Cool News"The guy is a legend within the industry... [A] brilliant, must-read biography." - Movies.com"The motion picture memoir of the year!" - SciFi Mafia"[Vic] talks to you love he’s your cool uncle, or the uncle you wanted you had, quite right down to earth, yet while you could inform he’s obtained a twinkle in his eye as he’s talking..." - Geek Six“A hell of a read.” – Film tuition Rejects "The key to an enjoyable autobiography is a mix of excellent tales to inform and a particular lifestyles; Armstrong has them both." - Library Journal"Armstrong has performed it all." - Empire "A spills’n’thrills journey via a fast-forward lifestyles in pictures." - The Times"Armstrong takes us at the magnificent trip of his lifestyles that left me brooding about who will be courageous adequate to play him in a film. What a legacy! What a lifestyles! What a book!" - Geeks of Doom--Think you don’t recognize Vic Armstrong? incorrect! You’ve obvious his paintings in numerous films... He’s been a stunt double for James Bond, Indiana Jones and Superman, and he’s directed motion scenes for 3 Bond videos, undertaking very unlikely 3, Thor, and the impending the superb Spider-Man to call yet a number of. Counting Harrison Ford, Steven Spielberg and Arnold Schwarzenegger among his associates, and formally credited within the Guinness e-book of worldwide documents because the World's so much Prolific Stuntman, Vic’s received loads of notable tales to inform, and they’re all right here during this - the motion picture memoir of the 12 months!
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They couldn’t believe it. An early publicity photograph, trying to endear myself to prospective employers. While undoubtedly these were big movies, the jobs on them didn’t last long and generally work was thin on the ground. So I was carrying on with my other career as an amateur steeplechase jockey. But I’d always be on the lookout for film auditions. At the time I was living about five miles from Pinewood, and a mile from where I was born. I’ve always been based around the same area and as luck would have it that was close to the studios.
The weather got so bad we spent more time partying than riding horses. There were hundreds of extras just hanging around freezing to death. I’ll never forget sitting next to Barry de Boulay, this wonderful old stunt guy who’d been a Motor Torpedo Boat commander in the war, and seeing an icicle hanging off his nose. Then it was over to Pinewood for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, the classic family picture brought to the screen by 007 producer Albert R. Broccoli. I was one of the Child Catcher’s cavalrymen, and on the castle turret with a big old cannon in the scene where they’re trying to shoot down Chitty as it flies past.
Richard Todd would tell us of the films he’d worked on, Robin Hood, Rob Roy, and then I’d go and see them. As a kid I used to play cowboys and Indians and throw myself off my ponies, which drove my Dad mad. ‘Never throw yourself off a horse,’ he’d say. He was a bit like a pilot watching parachutists jumping out of a perfectly good plane. They just could not see the logic in it. I used to go to the movies and recreate what I saw back at home. I rode Richard Todd’s horses in all their races as an amateur after that, which was wonderful.
The True Adventures of the World's Greatest Stuntman: My Life as Indiana Jones, James Bond, Superman and Other Movie Heroes by Vic Armstrong