Friday, April 8, 2011
Friday Film Buffs: Here He Comes. Here Comes . . .
I could not not feature him this week, however, as Mr. Garner celebrated his 83rd birthday yesterday! Happy Birthday, Sir!
Today's Friday Film Buff selection, Grand Prix, features James Garner doing two things he always did very well: acting and driving fast.
Director John Frankenheimer felt that audiences wouldn't be fooled by simply speeding up footage of the cars driving at slower speeds, so he went for realism. The film is all the more dramatic and exciting for it.
Actor Brian Bedford didn't do any of his own driving. Yves Montand did some until he had a scary spin-out, then he was towed for the rest of the shots. Garner, however, did all of his own driving.
It's not my absolute favorite James Garner film, and the best parts are the car races, but it's still worth a look in my opinion.