There aren’t many actors who are as wholly iconic as Michael Caine. The famed actor hasn’t just graced our screens as some of the most cherished characters in cinematic history but permeated pop culture forevermore with a quick wit, sharp style and effortless cool.
There’s only one photographer that can perhaps stand toe to toe with Caine, and that’s Terry O’Neill. Caine’s collaborator and longtime friend provide the perfect lens to see the many shades of the actor’s career and charisma. Collected over decades, O’Neill’s images have now been collated in The Definition of Cool: Michael Caine – Photographed by Terry O’Neill, from ACC Art Books.
“I had to be an actor,” Michael Caine once said. “[…] And of course, you have to remember with me, the alternative was a factory.” It was a plain choice for the working class Caine and one that he achieved with inspirational performances in films like The Italian Job, Get Carter and later the Dark Knight series.
This book spans a wealth of impressive roles for Caine and magnifies his huge and continued impact on pop culture. O’Neill allows the audience to get an up-close and personal view of an icon.
Combining black and white and colour images we’re giving a view of Caine’s role as a landmark British icon. It also has a first viewing of some precious contact sheets which captures Caine’s charm.
The book provides behind-the-scenes shots of Caine during the filming of the following films: Mona Lisa, Midnight in Saint Petersburg / Bullet to Beijing, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Blue Ice, Without a Clue, Get Carter, Deadfall, Magus, Woman Times Seven and Funeral in Berlin.
The Definition of Cool: Michael Caine – Photographed by Terry O’Neill is now available from ACC Art Books.