Magazine article The Spectator

BOOKENDS - the Elephant to Hollywood

Magazine article The Spectator

BOOKENDS - the Elephant to Hollywood

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The three knights of British cinema have taken disparate routes in their twilight years. Roger Moore jettisoned a hokum career for more worthwhile pursuits as a Unicef ambassador, while Sean Connery settled into his Bahamian golfresort to champion Scotland's independence. Michael Caine, however, has added a further veneer to a great body of work.

In the 17 years since his first autobiography, Caine has won numerous plaudits, including an Oscar for The Cider House Rules, and enjoyed a renaissance courtesy of the revamped Batman franchise.

So there's plenty to cover in this latest book (Hodder, £20).

His struggle to balance financial temptations and artistic integrity is equalled by a sway between male bravado and empathy. …

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