am 8. April 2000
The promotion poster for this wonderful autobiography of Cubby Broccoli describes it as "A roller-coaster ride throught the life of one of Hollywood's best-loved film producers," and it couldn't be more right. I admit it may be a tad boring if you have no interest in the James Bond films or their creators, but if you do, you will find this book to be a fascinating look at the life of the producer who spent almost 30 years of his life creating the most successful film series in history. The book begins by describing the immigrant experience of his family and continues to chart a real-life example of the American Dream in action -- the story of a poor broccoli farmer from New York who grew up to receive the Thalberg Award and have his name inscribed on a star in Hollywood. In this book, Broccoli also tells fascinating insider stories about such hollywood greats as Howard Hughes and Victor Mature, which will interest even those who could care less about Bond. I dock the book a star only because of the long, boring passages toward the end (written by Donald Zec, I think)regarding the numerous takeovers of United Artists and Broccoli's efforts to keep the company in good hands (ever wonder why there were no Bond movies produced between '89 and '95?). Other than these passages, however, I have found that "When the Snow Melts" is the only autobiography I haven't been able to put down!