Yippee ki-yay! The movie Die Hard turned 30 years old this year, a major milestone for one of the most beloved action movies of all time. Now, you can go behind-the-scenes to see just how the classic film and the other films in the franchise were made in the book Die Hard: The Ultimate Visual History, from Insight Editions, who previously published A Die Hard Christmas.
Over the years, plenty of stories have been told about the making of the movie, and now, you can see for yourself just how it all was made in the book Die Hard: The Ultimate Visual History.
Written by James Mottram and David S. Cohen, Die Hard: The Ultimate Visual History ($50.00) takes a deep, in-depth look at the making of Die Hard and the rest of the Die Hard franchise. The book features never-before-seen imagery, set photographs, drawings, concept art, and storyboards from all the movies in the franchise, showing just how the incredible action scenes and memorable moments came together.
The 240-page book features interviews and insight from the cast and crew of the Die Hard franchise, giving first-hand accounts and memorable stories about how the films came to life. The book tracks the making of Die Hard, Die Hard 2, Die Hard With a Vengeance, Live Free or Die Hard, and A Good Day to Die Hard, showing behind-the-scenes looks at Willis and the cast creating stunts and other memorable scenes.
Director John McTiernan has a foreword in the book, describing some of the input he had in creating what has become one of the most iconic action movies of all time. McTiernan writes in the foreword about how the film changed from script to screen, including adding more “fun” and enjoyment to the movie.
“We completely changed it from the original screenplay,” McTiernan told Men’s Journal. “The idea was that in my sense that terrorist movies are no fun. Movies need to be fun—that’s why audiences go. There’s something about terrorism that makes everyone feel sad. So we said, these guys are robbers, because everybody likes a good robbery story. You like the good guy and you like the bad guy at the same time in a robbery. You don’t have to question that formula, just look at Ocean’s movies. That was why we made the change.”
McTiernan also said that he’s happy about the way the film has been remembered over the years, and that the franchise has continued to be a successful one.
“It’s very nice, it wasn’t what we expected at the time,” McTiernan said. “We were just busy putting one foot in front of the next. The fact that it has endured is wonderful.”
You can enjoy the legacy of the film in Die Hard: The Ultimate Visual History, which makes for a fantastic holiday gift for any movie fan. Check out more on the book here.
Plus, here’s a look at some of the imagery and exclusive looks behind the scenes from Die Hard: The Ultimate Visual History:
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