In this era of viral Internet information, it's impossible for this generation to remember a time when instant access to special effects jargon wasn't always at our fingertips.
Years before "Cinefex" magazine became a staple for the FX hungry, THIS book was the repository -- the Bible -- of accumulated FX knowledge. The first proper authoritative tome of its kind.
In my childhood, I borrowed this book (along with Jerome Agel's "Making Of 2001" -- the book that influenced James Cameron to pursue a career in special effects) from my local library for well over a year. It fascinated me, and made me want to follow in the footsteps of the people I read about within.
It was my pleasure to become a drinking buddy with Mr Brosnan some years later in London's West End. When I told him this book made him a childhood hero of mine, he groaned and told me he'd lost count of the times that had been told him.
It was an appelation he deserved.
When Mr Brosnan died in 2005 -- I had to miss his funeral literally 5 minutes walk from my house because I had to give a lecture in Ireland. But, I thought of him that day.
I have a copy of this wonderful book that I purchased in a secondhand store in Burbank. Even now, it's an incredible repository of knowledge that anyone with a passing interest in the special effects field should seek out. They'll still learn a trick or two.