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Yippee-ki-yay . . . Discover the explosive story behind the creation of the Die Hard saga in this visually stunning, behind-the-scenes look at the adventures of detective John McClane.

Thirty years after the release of the groundbreaking action film, Die Hard: The Ultimate Visual History takes an in-depth look at the entire Die Hard saga, from the original movie through to the hit sequels, comics, video games, and other extensions of hero John McClane’s story.

Loosely based on Roderick Thorp’s novel Nothing Lasts Forever, Die Hard, released in 1988, saw Moonlighting star Bruce Willis seamlessly make the transition from TV success to movie stardom in a film so taut, explosive, and full of suspense that it would come to define the action movie genre for decades to come. Directed by John McTiernan ( Predator), Die Hard also starred revered British stage actor Alan Rickman who turned lead villain Hans Gruber into a presence so deliciously malevolent, audiences didn’t know whether to love him or hate him.

For the first time, Die Hard: The Ultimate Visual History tells the complete story of the making of Die Hard and its sequels, through exclusive interviews with the cast and crew of each film and a wealth of rare and unseen imagery, including set photography and concept art. Also exploring Die Hard comics, video games, and other merchandise, this book will tell the full story of the saga and its remarkable thirty-year legacy.

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"Forget about ‘behind the scenes’— Die Hard: The Ultimate Visual History goes not only behind the scenes, but behind the curtain, inside the sausage factory, and into the room where it happened. A must-have for not just fans of the Die Hard franchise, but for any student of contemporary filmmaking!"
  -- Steven E. de Souza, screenwriter, Die Hard and Die Hard 2

"This epic 230+ page book is the perfect holiday gift for the Die Hard enthusiast in your life" ― Geeks of Doom

"The research and passion put into this book by its authors is obvious and impressive. This is the kind of work that can serve as a coffee table conversation piece or an intimate part of your home library." ― Geeks of Doom

“The book is magnificent—destined to become a cornerstone of future critiques and appreciations. The most complete reckoning of the insane energy and selfless teamwork of all concerned in the creation of the most beautiful, satisfying and downright fun motion picture of the hands-on era of filmmaking and its fascinating children.” -- Jackson De Govia, Production Designer, Die Hard and Die Hard with a Vengeance

“It’s rare to find the truly definitive work on a piece of hugely influential pop culture—this is that book. For any fan of modern American cinema, let alone Die Hard fans, this book provides the genuine story of the blood, sweat and many tears that went into creating and perpetuating a giant American icon. The book resonates with the authenticity that making the great action movies of the 1980’s required, and sets these movies in stark contrast to the cookie-cutter superhero toy advertisements that pass for entertainment today." -- John Moore, director, A Good Day to Die Hard

“...a fantastic holiday gift for any movie fan.”  ― Men’s Journal

"It''s a museum in a book... the most comprehensive Die Hard book"  ― IGN

"This definitive guide to one of the greatest action-movie franchises of all time is more than just a gift for fans. It’s a win for anybody who loves beautifully-crafted books." ― Wonder Alliance

"Holiday shoppers hoping to make  Die Hard buffs happy this festive season would do well to proceed directly here." ― The Morton Report

"What a wonderful look back on the early days of my career. Kudos to the writer as well as all involved!"

 

  -- Reginald VelJohnson (Sergeant Al Powell), Die Hard/Die Hard 2

"Since  Die Hard is totally a Christmas movie,  The Ultimate Visual History would make a great Christmas gift for the cowboy in your life." ― We Live Entertainment

About the Author

James Mottram is a film critic, journalist and author. He has written several books on cinema, including The Making of Memento, The Sundance Kids, and The Making of Dunkirk, and contributed to numerous critical anthologies on everything from Japanese cinema to war movies. He lives in London. 

David S. Cohen has covered show business for 15 years, including more than a decade writing about visual effects for the entertainment bible, Variety. He is the longtime writer of Script Magazine''s popular "From Script to Screen" series, and his previous book, Screen Plays, is a collection of those articles about the vicissitudes of Hollywood script development. He lives in Los Angeles.

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Rob S.
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Great book for the Die Hard series fan!
Reviewed in the United States on November 15, 2018
I pre-ordered this book the minute I heard about it. Amazon delivered it on the day of its release. I will say that I had assumed this book was about the first movie only. It''s not, it''s about the entire series. That said, almost half the book is about the... See more
I pre-ordered this book the minute I heard about it. Amazon delivered it on the day of its release.

I will say that I had assumed this book was about the first movie only. It''s not, it''s about the entire series. That said, almost half the book is about the first movie. It''s well written and the layout is very nice.

If I had any complaint about this book it''s that the printing is uncomfortably small. It''s not the easiest thing to read for considerable amounts of time.
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Bob Phong
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A must read guide to all things DIE HARD!
Reviewed in the United States on February 5, 2019
I love these coffee table "visual guide" books. And expected the DIE HARD one to be in line with recent releases for titles like BACK TO THE FUTURE and GHOSTBUSTERS. But this book blows them all away! Yes, it covers all 5 movies in the franchise, but thankfully, the latter... See more
I love these coffee table "visual guide" books. And expected the DIE HARD one to be in line with recent releases for titles like BACK TO THE FUTURE and GHOSTBUSTERS. But this book blows them all away! Yes, it covers all 5 movies in the franchise, but thankfully, the latter two get minimal coverage, and the first one gets painstaking details on its development. I''m fascinated by the evolution of projects from script to screen. The DIE HARD franchise is rare in that the first is based on a book, the second on another book (58 MINUTES) and the third on a spec script called SIMON SAYS which was later adapted into DIE HARD: WITH A VENGEANCE. By interviewed all key participants, you get a play by play on how some of the most iconic scenes (and lines!) from each of the movies came to be. Plus, beautiful packaging and pictures! It''s a must own for a DIE HARD fan. (And makes for a great Christmas present!)
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Matthew J Matkovic
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A Die Hard Fan’s bible
Reviewed in the United States on February 12, 2019
After seeing Die Hard in the theatres as a 12 year old 30 years ago, it has ranked as my top movies and still does. This book does not disappoint. It’s more of ‘a making of..’ book but it does contain tons of behind the scenes pictures and the stories that go with it. The... See more
After seeing Die Hard in the theatres as a 12 year old 30 years ago, it has ranked as my top movies and still does. This book does not disappoint. It’s more of ‘a making of..’ book but it does contain tons of behind the scenes pictures and the stories that go with it. The book mostly covers the first movie but does cover the whole franchise. It’s a great read and talks about the pressure of finishing this movie right down to the last minute. A must buy!
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Great Book with Small Text
Reviewed in the United States on November 18, 2018
Surprised by how good this book is. Wasn''t expecting such a quality product filled with informative stories, great pictures, and fun pullout. My main complaint is the text is aggressively small. Also, the contrast between the black ink and the color of the page... See more
Surprised by how good this book is. Wasn''t expecting such a quality product filled with informative stories, great pictures, and fun pullout.

My main complaint is the text is aggressively small. Also, the contrast between the black ink and the color of the page isn''t distinctive enough so it''s thus doubly difficult to read.
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derek lahair
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Yippee-Ki-Yay pic book lover
Reviewed in the United States on May 21, 2020
Incredible cocktail table book and great conversation starter. For the casual or even the most die-hard fan, and absolute necessity. Filled with pages of pictures and stories relevant to the entire franchise. Very well put together. So glad I bought it.
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"Just like Saigon - ayy Slick?"
Reviewed in the United States on May 9, 2019
VERY detailed book with gorgeous pictures! The original DH is my favorite 80''s film of all time and I bought the book thinking it was just about the first movie. I pleasantly surprised to find the other Die Hard films covered as well. This book is a labor of love - you... See more
VERY detailed book with gorgeous pictures! The original DH is my favorite 80''s film of all time and I bought the book thinking it was just about the first movie. I pleasantly surprised to find the other Die Hard films covered as well. This book is a labor of love - you can totally tell!
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cj perci
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good book and great for die hard lovers
Reviewed in the United States on January 2, 2019
it was a gift for my brother and he loves movie, specifically the die hard ones and this was definitely a hit for him. my dad (also a movie expert and lover) also really enjoyed it.
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Enter John Maclane 😀
Reviewed in the United States on July 4, 2021
A book about the greatest movie ever😀.yippee kay yayyyyyyyy mother f—let.❤️
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Benminx
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Great on the first 2 films, lip-service poor on the remainder
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 12, 2019
It''s ironic that this book tries to contain information on 5 films, and yet is perfectly titled to begin with; - it is an ultimate visual history of pretty much only Die Hard the movie, and to a diminishing amount, it''s direct sequel. From there, the amount of attention...See more
It''s ironic that this book tries to contain information on 5 films, and yet is perfectly titled to begin with; - it is an ultimate visual history of pretty much only Die Hard the movie, and to a diminishing amount, it''s direct sequel. From there, the amount of attention paid, info revealed, and effort made seems to fall exponentially with every passing film, until you feel like you''re really just reading marketing blurb for ''Die Hard 4.0'' and ''A Good Day...''. That won''t be a bad thing for many fans, as the reason we''re here (as the cheeky Die-Hard ''video release'' cinema advert before Die Hard 2 said in the 90''s) is Die-Hard itself. On this topic, it''s terrific. Expansive detail is entered into on pretty much every topic imaginable, from wars of words with the "Nakatomi" building''s real occupiers, to actor concerns, all the way through to revelations about Michael Kamen''s amazing score, and an innovative use for photocopies... Any Die Hard fan should end up feeling very satisfied with the images and text about the first (and classic) movie. Die Hard 2 gets shorter shrift, but has some interesting material, including scale-model parts of the airport and revelations about filming trickery, and is the second largest part of the book. For my taste, ''With a Vengeance'' always felt too obviously like the unrelated script that it was ("Simon Says") that had been re-written into being a Die-Hard film, and as a result I found the smaller amount of info about the movie to be a touch disappointing, but not a huge issue. The even smaller amount allocated to ''4.0'' was irksome, as a lot was made at the time of it being a return to a harder-edged style, and despite the absurdity of the F-35 sequence and some terribly obvious bad dubbing in the gas terminal, it has some stellar moments - like a first act in which McClane gets to be an actual ''cop'' under fire, and his awesome "Nobody wants to be that guy" speech. The admittedly pretty poor ''A Good Day'' gets even less attention, and the approach is irksome because even movies that don''t hit the hoped-for heights can have fascinating stories behind them. (My favourite ''behind the scenes'' movie extras are the incredibly revealing Blu-Ray documentaries about Batman & Robin and Alien 3, which spare little in the way of ''This is what went wrong'' detail) As a result, I feel like I learned a bit more about 2 films I love, and was palmed-off about all the others. This book contains nothing that is so in-depth or fascinating that I feel I''ll need to re-read it again in 5 years'' time, and it''ll be going up for sale or donation to a friend pretty sharply. Great for the first pair, and a ''lip-service'' major missed opportunity on the remaining 3 films. (This review pre-dates the planned 6th film).
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MAD DOG
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239 PAGES OF SHEER EXCITEMENT
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 27, 2019
We need books in life. They are our companions. They go on holiday with you for gawd''sake. Forget iPads and electronic books. Get a hard back or paper back book instead, with precious pages to physically turn over and a cover that speaks volumes. In the case of this Die...See more
We need books in life. They are our companions. They go on holiday with you for gawd''sake. Forget iPads and electronic books. Get a hard back or paper back book instead, with precious pages to physically turn over and a cover that speaks volumes. In the case of this Die Hard book. It is big and thick filled with every bit of information about each Die Hard film with loads and loads of glossy photos. Even makes A Good Day To Die Hard look good! This coffee table book is an absolute must for film fans.
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"..A MUST FOR DIE HARD FANS.."
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 30, 2018
This is a must have book for the DIE HARD fans among us, after 30 years of movies, the original still stands as one of the best action movies of all time!!! This book is amazing and covers all five movies, mainly the big chunk of the book concentrates on the original two...See more
This is a must have book for the DIE HARD fans among us, after 30 years of movies, the original still stands as one of the best action movies of all time!!! This book is amazing and covers all five movies, mainly the big chunk of the book concentrates on the original two which is for the best. there are 240 pages in this gorgeous hard back book and the first 155 are the original 2 die hard movies, the book is full of great information about the films, how they went about getting made, about the stars and every detail possible, there are lots of behind the scenes photos and rare unseen pictures and information and little fold out sections etc, if your a fan then make sure you get this book!
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All about dying hard
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 22, 2021
Great book about the Die Hard films although as others have also suggested this books leans very heavily on the first film. It''s not a problem though because that''s the best one in my opinion. There''s loads of little trinkets throughout this book to keep the movie...See more
Great book about the Die Hard films although as others have also suggested this books leans very heavily on the first film. It''s not a problem though because that''s the best one in my opinion. There''s loads of little trinkets throughout this book to keep the movie enthusiasts happy and I don''t think there are any other books like this which go into so much details about the making of Die Hard the film. There''s lots of photos too, mainly of Bruce Willis running around sets with his top off and looking a mixture of dishevelled and heroic. Nice hardcover coffee table book this!
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Wealth of knowledge in one book, definitive guide.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 30, 2018
I loved it! A big but casual Die Hard fan, especially of the first 3 films, this was a Christmas treat. Full of content and insights into the development and production of the iconic film(s). The book goes on to cover all 5 films, the Christmas book and the comics, so a...See more
I loved it! A big but casual Die Hard fan, especially of the first 3 films, this was a Christmas treat. Full of content and insights into the development and production of the iconic film(s). The book goes on to cover all 5 films, the Christmas book and the comics, so a real encyclopedia of knowledge. Solid hardback and heavy book, with lots of photos, facts, sketches. I love what I''ve read so far, if these authors could do the same to other iconic film franchises (eg Terminator, Predator, Aliens etc) I''d certainly buy them as well.
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