Dave Courtneys Heroes and Villains

Dave Courtneys Heroes and Villains

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Dave Courtney, 'one of the most feared men on the streets of London' reveals the characters, both fictional and all too real that have most influenced his colourful - and criminal - life. As you might expect, Dodgy Dave's ideas of what constitutes a hero and a villain is at times a little, well, dodgy. But Dave challenges our notions of what it is to be heroic in his usual candid and witty style.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 240 x 288 x 16mm | 898.13g
  • Ebury Publishing
  • Virgin Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • UK ed.
  • Full colour throughout
  • 0753511770
  • 9780753511770
  • 2,161,975

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"'THE ORIGINAL SMOKING BARREL' 'Be sure to buy your own copy. We wouldn't want to upset him now, would we?' Daily Mail 'Well worth spending time with' Maxim"show more

About Dave Courtney

Dave Courtney was born and lives in South London. He has recorded a record with Tricky and took his own movie, Hell to Pay, to the Cannes Film Festival.show more

Back cover copy

'When you're kids you play cowboys and Indians thinking it is really simple: the cowboys were the goodies and the Red Indians the baddies. That's the myth. We grow up to learn that it weren't really like that ... Same deal when you play cops and robbers. It all seems so simple. Goodies against baddies. But real life ain't that black and white.' James Cagney * Joey Pyle * Al Pacino * Freddie Foreman * Charles Bronson * Al Capone * Edward G Robinson * Ronnie Biggs * Roy Shaw * and many more ... Join Legendary Dave Courtney as he celebrates the good, the bad and the ugly and tackles the real gangster debate - what separates the heroes from the villains?show more

Flap copy

A legend in the criminal underworld, Dave Courtney is described by the press as 'one of the most feared men on the streets of London'. In his time, he's been into debt-collecting, fraud, forgery, bank-robbing, handling stolen goods, not to mention cheating customs and excise. The now ex-criminal was even the inspiration for Vinnie Jones's character to slap his victim with sunbed in Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels. Heroes and Villains outlines the characters, both fictional and all too real, who have most infuenced Dave's colourful life. Who did he look up to as a child? Who helped him learn the tricks of the trade and the rules of survival? And which villains does he class as among the very best he has known and worked with? As you might expect, Dodgy Dave's idea of what constitutes a hero and a villain is at times a little dubious. But during his journey, Dave challenges our notions of what it is to be heroic in his usual candid and witty style. With knuckle ratings for authenticity, evilness and balls, this is a fun way to compare films from Scarface to Pulp Fiction, sort out the bona fide from the cheats and learn a little bit of history along the way. With ten of his best heroes including James Cagney, Edward G. Robinson and Al Capone and villains from his own past such as the Kray's, Bruce Reynolds and Joey Pyle, Dave uses his inside knowledge to dissect the lives of some of the most roguish names of crime.show more

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