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Author Topic: Giorgio Ardisson: The Italian James Bond (Matt Blake, 2014)  (Read 4958 times)

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Giorgio Ardisson might not be the best known actor in the world; outside Italy his name was almost totally unknown and even in his own country his brush with fame was short-lived. But his career, which lasted from the end of the 1950s to the early 1990s, was fascinating. Not just because of the sheer variety of films and filmmakers that he was involved with, but because in many ways his story is also the story of Italian film itself.

He started out in the glory years of cinema in Rome, when it was the glamorous centre of a thriving and much respected industry, working in a variety of popular genres including peplums, swashbucklers and comedies. While the films of Sergio Leone were propelling Italian popular cinema onto a world stage, Ardisson carved out his own niche with a series of exceedingly profitable spy films which sold across the world. For a few years he was much in demand with producers looking for a lead actor with an American look. But then, with the arrival of the 1970s, things changed. Budgets dried up, genre lifespans reduced drastically and distribution networks collapsed. There was less call for good looking leading men as a grittier, more downbeat trend took hold of Italian cinema. So Ardisson re-crafted himself as a supporting actor in an increasingly peculiar selection of weird and wonderful films. Many of these were seen by almost nobody, many are still impossible to find and many of them are entirely rubbish.

This book is the first detailed look at the curious career of Giorgio Ardisson, including reviews of his most important films, interview material – much of which is published in English for the first time – and contemporary reviews. It’s lavishly illustrated throughout, including eight pages in full colour.

The book is 220 pages long and Royal size (234mm x 156mm).

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Definitely be grabbing this.
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Definitely be grabbing this.

Same, ordered it earlier tonight.
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Ordered  ::)

I notice the 'Eurospy Guide' is also back in stock - Essential reading, if you don't already have a copy.

Good luck, Matt - and congratulations on getting it finished!
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Just ordered both books now. :-X
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Thanks for the mention chaps, hope you enjoy it! Believe me, some of his films are much better to read about than watch (not mentioning anything he did with Sergio Pastore by name, but...)
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Arrived today! Nice one Matt, looking forward to checking it out  :'(
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Giorgio Ardisson at the Trevi Cinema in Rome 13/03/2014

A wonderful night out, very relaxed informal atmosphere (in stark contrast to the Sergio Salvati night last year) For a guy who apparently still smokes like a chimney it's a nothing short of a miracle that he's still kicking (he's 84 now, I think...)  The night was dedicated to Ardisson and his Agent 3S3, Massacre in the Sun co-star Leontine May, who was also in attendance.


Some snaps from the night:

Marco Giusti, Giorgio Ardisson and Leontine May



Mr. Ardisson with Matt's book.



Stefano Sollima, Marco Giusti, Giorgio Ardisson, Leontine May






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Re: Giorgio Ardisson: The Italian James Bond (Matt Blake, 2014)
« Reply #10 on: 16 Mar 2014 - 09:02 »

Nice one! Sounds like it was a great night  :P
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