I Am Spock
I Am Spock by Leonard Nimoy.
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Hyperion;(October 26, 1995)
From Publishers Weekly
Few actors are as inextricably associated with one role as Leonard Nimoy is with Star Trek's Mr. Spock. In 1975, when he was embarking on a post-Star Trek career, Nimoy published an autobiography with the tongue-in-cheek title I Am Not Spock. Twenty years later, despite a fruitful career as a film director (Three Men and a Baby, The Good Mother) and theatrical actor, he here remembrances his legendary half-Vulcan alter ego. Star Trek fans will find this a, well, fascinating history of the "birth" and evolution of Spock?Nimoy explains the original conception of the character and describes his own contributions to the development of Spock's persona. He also provides an insider's account of the production of the TV show and the highly successful series of Star Trek movies, and offers his insights into why the Star Trek phenomenon has maintained such a grip on our cultural imagination. Nimoy's admirers may find this fairly impersonal memoir disappointing; it touches only tangentially on the author's private life. But this is an intelligent and entertaining look at an actor's engagement with a character who "seemed to take on an existence of his own."
Staying with my Star Trek obsession of having seen the new movie 4 times and then seeing 2 of the original movies and then reading Walter Koenig’s book “Chekov’s Enterprise”, I decided to go on and read “I Am Spock” by Leonard Nimoy.
I wasn’t sure what it would be all about but I hadn’t read any books by Leonard so I thought this would be a good one… and it was!
Normally, I can’t say that I like books that do nothing but list movies by any one celebrity and talks about nothing else concerning the person. I was surprised that this virtually took that route. But I was glad it included theater that Leonard did and not “only” the movies in which he portrays Spock.
Having said that.. I found Leonard’s writing very amicable and enjoyed everything he wrote. I learned some things I never knew and got to relive the Star Trek Movies through “Spock’s” eyes. (and through Leonard’s eyes as both an actor and director)
I felt as if I was back in time reading Leonard’s book. It felt good. And I have to say I am glad that Leonard liked his roll as Spock well enough to reprise him for J.J. Abrams.
I still find it so hard to believe how many years have gone by since the beginning of Star Trek. How young they were back then. How young I was back then! It’s not easy watching life go by so very fast. But I do cherish every single memory I have of the Original cast. Of course I wish they were all still with us.. and happy for as many of them as we still have. We should all be so lucky as to have something so wonderful to happen to us as to be known as a character that effected so many lives..
May you all: Live Long and Prosper.