Absolute Pandemonium: The Autobiography by Brian Blessed

By Brian Blessed

Brian Blessed is a countrywide treasure - an actor whose stellar occupation spans over fifty years with over two hundred television and movie appearances and dozens of iconic roles together with Porthos in The 3 Musketeers, lengthy John Silver in Return To Treasure Island, Richard IV in Blackadder, Vultan in Flash Gordon and Boss Nass in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. He was once additionally in Kenneth Branagh's Shakespeare variations of Henry V, As you love It and Hamlet.

He's additionally an explorer and mountaineer - the oldest guy to have trekked to the magnetic North Pole and to have climbed to 28,000 toes with oxygen - and a boxer who has sparred with Joe Louis and Mohammad Ali. Now this proficient raconteur is sharing his awesome tale of a existence lived to the whole. humorous, outspoken, now and then touching, Absolute Pandemonium is the wonderful tale of 1 of Britain's best-loved actors.

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A small argument. She wanted to go to the movie theater, but I thought going to the movies on a date was a waste of time. I preferred to be alone with her, not sitting in a crowd staring up at a screen. A walk in the park, I suggested. But we never did resolve the issue, our conversation—and our lives—interrupted by a marching band. We heard them before we saw them. The big bass drums, the bold brass instruments, the sound of soldiers singing. The Germans were marching into Budapest, occupying Hungary, barely a shot fired.

We had a pistol. We had eight bullets. And now we had a dozen donkeys. This was our chance. Another half hour of rounding up and wrangling and we headed for the camp. The idea was to see how well it was guarded, and if we could figure out a way of doing it, free at least some of its laborers. Our Trojan horses—the donkeys—would be our ticket in. As we began our ascent into the foothills, Karoly handed me the pistol. As mastermind of this plan, I’d been elected ringleader of the band as well. Just before dusk we spotted the camp, over a hill, in a clearing alongside some railroad tracks that cut through a long valley.

The Independent Smallholders. The Social Democrats. The National Peasant Party. The Catholic Social People’s Movement. Royalists, Communists, and every other kind of ist imaginable. Suddenly Budapest was filled to capacity with revolutionaries, revisionists, and fire-breathing anarchists. But the five of us had no interest in revolution. We simply wanted Hungary back. 27 American Dreamer Fueled by discontent and expanding in all directions, the Hungarian resistance was in chaos. We didn’t trust a soul, the city lousy with spies, traitors, and informers.

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