Bronson's Loose! The Making of the Death Wish Films

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Bronson's Loose! The Making of the Death Wish Films

by Paul Talbot 

(iUniverse)

BOOK REVIEW This slim, yet essential tome is jammed with information about the greatest quintology in cinema history, inspired by Brian Garfield's 1972 novel about vigilante justice. Interviews with director Michael Winner (Death Wish I through III) and others fill in juicy details, including the casting of thugs (among them Jeff Goldblum, Laurence Fishburne, and Alex Winter, plus my personal favorite, Kirk Taylor as Death Wish III's "The Giggler") and the all-important hero ("The Death Wish vigilante role was called 'uncastable,' but Winner solved the problem by casting the world's most popular movie star"). Talbot — clearly a fan himself — also covers the series' frequent screenplay revisions, as well as audience and critical reactions to the brutally violent films. Plus, there's plenty on the late, fiercely private Bronson — who's unfortunately not directly interviewed here, though copious anecdotes offer fascinating insights. (Cheryl Eddy)