In a very real sense I was raised by the movies in which Vic Armstrong has spent his life making. My childhood heroes were the likes of Indiana Jones, James Bond, Conan, and Superman – all of which were brought to life by Mr. Armstrong.
The title is no over exaggeration as Vic Armstrong has literally either performed or coordinated the stunts on virtually every well known action film of the last 4 plus decades and continues to do so.
This was a quick and fun read as Armstrong recounts behind the scenes stories, stunt inventions, his views on computer generated effects, near death stunt accidents, deadly stunt accidents, and the eccentric personalities he has had the pleasure of rubbing shoulders with (the chapter on Stanley Kubrick was bizarrely hilarious).
I read this while I was also reading Reckless Abandon by David Sitton. I couldn’t help notice the sad contrast between the two author’s biographies. Vic Armstrong has spent his life working with the idols of this world. He has traveled the globe, had adventures, risked his life, and received much public recognition for his pioneering work.
David Sitton on the other hand also traveled the globe, had adventures, and risked his life not for the sake of movies, but for the sake of the Glory of the Eternal God. Vic Armstrong has been honored at the Acadamy Awards. David Sitton is living for a much greater reward – one that is measured in souls and the joy of the King of all.