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Last Man Standing: Tales from Tinseltown
I will start by saying that I’m a huge fan of Sir Roger and his autobiography, “My Word Is My Bond”, is one of my all-time favourite reads so when I found out about this book, shortly after seeing him in “An Evening With…” last year, I pre-ordered it straight away. Subtitled “Tales From Tinseltown”, it does exactly what it says, with Sir Roger (assisted by Gareth Owen) relating anecdotes that have either happened to him, or that have happened to friends of his (and he has a lot of friends). Told in his inimitable style, it sets out the tone in the introduction when he mentions that there might be bad language (there is) as he received a letter from an old lady who read his autobiography and wrote to complain, saying she’d “never watch one of my films again. I have to admit that the immediate halving of my fan base is something that has weighed heavily on my mind ever since”. The book is broken into eight chapters that relate to specific areas and filled with numerous black & white photos and two colour sections (though the second colour set falls unfortunately in the middle of some Victor Spinetti anecdotes so we go from the life and times of Sir Roger to a black & white shot of Victor in his underpants). The photographs, in general, are all behind the scenes and candid, featuring Sir Roger laughing in most of them and it’s lovely to see him clowning around. There are little sprinklings of memoirs throughout the piece and the tone does sometimes become a little melancholic, especially as the book progresses and his old, dear friends pass away though it’s generally laugh out loud funny and always enjoyable. Aside from the print being too big (the book therefore looks bigger than it actually is), this is a great and entertaining read and I’d very much recommend it, though I’d also steer you towards his autobiography. Great fun.
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