I count Biff as one of the best Hammers, and obviously a pioneering one. He left an indelible stamp on the role, though, at the time, some (even Mickey himself) expressed disappointment. Biff himself stated that his approach was to make a human being out of Spillane’s comic strip-style character, and I feel he succeeded.You can read the entirety of Collins’ post here. Then click here to watch the trailer for I, the Jury.
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Max Allan Collins, who has been finishing a number of Mickey Spillane’s novels since that latter author’s death in 2006, has posted a fond farewell to Biff Elliot--“the first actor to portray Mike Hammer in the movies” (in 1953’s I, the Jury, to be exact)--who passed away on August 15 at age 89. Writes Collins: