By Robert Sellers
Oliver Reed would possibly not were Britain's greatest movie superstar - for a interval within the early 70s he got here inside a hairsbreadth of changing Sean Connery as James Bond - yet he's an august member of that small band of individuals, like George top and Eric Morecambe, who transcended their selected medium, grew to become too huge for it even, and grew into cultural icons.
For the 1st time Reed's shut relations has agreed to collaborate on a undertaking in regards to the guy himself. the result's a desirable new perception right into a guy noticeable by way of many as purely a brawling, boozing hellraiser. And but he was once much more than this. For at the back of that picture, which all too usually he performed as much as in public, was once a significantly advanced person, a guy of deep passions and loyalty but in addition deep-rooted vulnerability and insecurities. Why was once a proud, patriotic, clever, winning and erudite guy so obsessed approximately proving himself to others, time and time back?
Although the Reed fable is of Homeric proportions, he continues to be a countrywide treasure and a little abnormal icon.
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