This book offers the first in-depth, fully-researched analysis of the career of Stanley Baker, one of the most significant cinema figures to have come out of Wales and sheds considerable light on the image of Welsh national identity and masculinity which he projected. Stanley Baker is one of only a handful of Welsh-born actors to have become a major film star. Like his friend Richard Burton, his rise to fame took him from an impoverished childhood in the valleys of south Wales to international stardom in films such as Zulu and Accident. As well as being an important figure in front of the camera, he became a producer and film executive as well, whilst never losing his strong links with his Welsh background.
Robert Shail is Professor in Film at Leeds Beckett University. His research interests have centred on postwar British cinema, including the work of Tony Richardson, masculinity in film and star studies. He has published widely including a study of Welsh actor/producer Stanley Baker and a collection on 1970s British cinema for the British Film Institute.