‘A Labour of Love’… that seems to be the best way to describe this monumental slice of ‘Spaghetti’ history…
It is not often that I’m so impressed with a book, that I’ll buy two copies (one to read and skim through, and one to treasure in the vaults in mint condition), but I’ve done it with this little (large) gem.
Like many of you, I first heard of Peter Hanley’s endeavour to bring the back-story of ‘GBU’ to the fore, from our friend, ‘Richard’ of ‘Tuco Tours’, several years ago. The wait - and it has been touch and go - has been worth it.
Packed with a wealth of info; interviews with the principal cast and crew; location shots; and behind the scenes photos (from all three ‘Dollars’ films); this is a treasure-trove that Long John Silver would be proud of.
Personally speaking, this is the ultimate tribute to my favourite ‘Spaghetti’. It is a lasting tribute to the genius that started it all (Leone, Morricone, Eastwood…the list goes on).
On Easter Monday, 1976, I watched ‘The Good, the Bad and The Ugly’ on BBC 1. for the first time. And now - forty years later - I will be re-living the magic of that experience - minus the youth!). Prior to watching the newly re-mastered ‘GBU’ bluray - later this year - I will first be immersing myself in this glorious book. Roll on, the beautiful memories!!
Congratulations to Peter Hanley…every accolade possible is due to you for your perseverance and dedication in bringing this fitting testimonial to the attention of ‘Spaghetti’ fans world-wide. Hopefully, it will encourage a few other ‘amigos’ to join the ranks of Strangers, Amigos, Companeros, Gringos…and wandering Banjos…