“GOOD AS BREAD”: A TRIBUTE TO STANLEY BAKER (2014) (Ed.)
Reel Solutions Publishing
Foreword: Chief Mangosuthu Buthelezi MP
Afterword: Siân Phillips CBE
Contributors: Alex Cord, Kenneth Cranham, Patrick Dromgoole, Maureen Endfield, Sir Bruce Forsyth, Sheldon Hall, Peter Yates and Terence Pettigrew.
A 20-page black-and-white salute to Stanley Baker, one of the giants of Welsh cinema to tie-in with a special season of his films at Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff. Like Robert Mitchum (with whom he was often compared) Baker could play heroes and villains with ease. But he was a tender tough guy who remained close to his Welsh roots and eschewed the Hollywood road taken by his contemporaries. “Good as Bread”: A Tribute to Stanley Baker contains an essay by cinema specialist Terence Pettigrew on Baker’s life and times, an extensive TV and filmography, and a series of tributes from friends and colleagues including actress Siân Phillips.
“Stanley Baker was just one of the nicest men I have ever met. He was a real man, a real man’s man. He would say about Ellen, his wife, “Oh, she’s such a good girl. She’s good as bread.” Well, I think Stanley was good as bread – ‘bread’ meaning the bread we eat, you know? It’s a very sweet saying.” – Siân Phillips CBE
“It’s beautiful, lovely. I really loved it.” – Lady Ellen Baker
“Crammed with interesting stuff. Very enlightening.” – Terence Pettigrew
“A good monograph. It all adds up to a pretty fair picture of him.” – Patrick Dromgoole
“Beautifully presented, very classic.” – Maureen Endfield, widow of Cy (Zulu) Endfield
“I must thank you for creating this monograph and for collecting the thoughts and memories of Sir Stanley Baker’s colleagues and friends. You have done us all a kind service.” – Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi MP, President of the Inkatha Freedom Party
An essay on Stanley Baker on Wales Arts Review by writer Phil Morris, which references my lecture on the actor. Read it here.