In May 1999, after a 40 year career including 100 flims Oliver Reed died as he had invariably lived, Drinking With Friends while making another film is well received performance in the Blockbuster gladiator and having Risen through hammer horror films to international starred up as Bill Sikes in Oliver Reed became in his own words the biggest star this country has got With his legendary off screen exploits and blue opinions especially of his co-stars he was one of the most infamous.
All quotes belong to Oliver Reed or others, and copyright belongs to Cliff Goodwin.
In the Previous in this blog – In the prologue, we were witness to the death of Oliver Reed at a Maltese bar which an odd place to start a biography but there you go.
and now the continuation.
Chapter One – My fear is what is going to happen to my body when live has left it
We follow Peter Reed as he runs home to house he shares with his wife, Marcia his two year son David and mother Beatrice to welcome into the world their second child, at first Marcia what’s to call the boy Lancelot after her father but Peter says no in the end They can’t decide and the form is left blank in the registry office it will be another 18 years before the entry was officially complete to the world the doctor’s school teachers and other administration offices the by wood Group is Robert Oliver Reed yet to his family friends and his own mother’s satisfaction he would be called Oliver.
On April 27th 1939 the government announces the military call up of men aged between 20 and 41 should walk home and Oliver’s father is convinced it well it’s only a matter of months before the upper age limit is increased he informs his his mother and then his wife is intention to register as a conscientious objector. Much to Marcia displeasure, which form the bases of bitter rows and Marcia Reaching the conclusion she no longer respects and no longer certainly loves her husband so she secretly plans to escape.
In September Marcia takes both her son’s and ends up in Berkshire but let’s first David and then Oliver go back to school in London, but on the 2 July 1940 she returns to London and scoops up her younger son and followed her RAF officer lover into Buckinghamshire leaving no note. It’s here Oliver gave his first public performance computing with his mother’s African parrot and as the air raids happened overhead his nanny would grab him and Sheltering under the table would read Winnie the Pooh stories.
On Oliver’s fourth birthday a letter comes from Peter’s solicitor saying Marcia can’t hide any more, He makes no threats just wants her to come home but Marcia who never consider any kind of reconciliation, In 1940 soon after his wife’s disappearance Peter had moved out of his mother’s house and the board of exmained had restrained his movement and ordered him to contribute to the war effort becoming a an ambulance driver, and with time off he takes the elder David to meet Oliver.
“many small boys got baby’s for brothers and mine arrived grown up with a skull cap stiff leather gloves and a Mickey Mouse gas mask”
What I think – The prologue gave us the death of Oliver Reed, and at the start of chapter one gives us not only Oliver’s birth but his older brother to and how the on coming second world war changed the Dynamic not just short trem but in the end splitting the family, to the point that he has almost no memory of his own father and brother.
And by the end of the chapter we have his father returning much to upset of his mother, I am guessing the next chapter will deal with the fallout which will happen as Oliver is told about his life before, but want is also hinted are the feelings that will drive the young Oliver.
It’s good idea to start at the beginning, you get not only to see how the young Oliver formed his ideas abot the people around him but want the world was like before be entered it, the thing is that is not Mr Reed telling us all this its Mr Goodwin, and a long the way Mr Reed gives us a little quote which adds to what we have just relived which I think is a good way to go about things as if it had been Mr Reed I think be would Exaggerated somewhat like we all do.
So that’s your lot for this week and in the next blog we will be covering chapter two of Mr Reed’s life, as always if you have done thank you for reading and whoever you are whether you be I hope you can join me next week.