My Word Is My Bond

My Word Is My Bond

A Memoir

Book - 2008
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One of the most recognizable big-screen stars of the past half-century, Sir Roger Moore played the role of James Bond longer than any other actor. Beginning with the classic Live and Let Die, running through Moonraker and A View to a Kill, Moore brought his finely honed wit and wry charm to one of Hollywood's most beloved and long-lasting characters. Still, James Bond was only one in a lifetime of roles stretching back to Hollywood's studio era, and encompassing stardom in theater and television on both sides of the Atlantic. From The Saint to Maverick, Warner Brothers to MGM, Hollywood to London to extreme locations the world over, Roger Moore's story is one of the last of the classic Hollywood lives as yet untold.

Until now. From the dying days of the studio system and the birth of television, to the quips of No#65533;l Coward and David Niven, to the bedroom scenes and outtakes from the Bond movies, Moore has seen and heard it all. Nothing is left out--especially the naughty bits. The "special effects" by which James Bond unzipped a dress with a magnet; the spectacular risks in The Spy Who Loved Me's opening scene; and Moore's preparation for facing down villains (he would imagine they all have halitosis): the stories in My Word is My Bond are priceless.

Throughout his career, Moore hobnobbed with the glamorous and powerful, counting Elizabeth Taylor, Jane Seymour, and Cary Grant among his contemporaries and friends. Included are stories of a foul-mouthed Milton Berle, a surly Richard Burton, and a kindhearted Richard Kiel, infamous as Bond enemy Jaws.

As much as it is Moore's own exceptional story, My Word is My Bond is a treasure trove of Hollywood history.

Publisher: New York : Collins, 2008.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780061673887
0061673889
Call Number: 921 MOORE
Characteristics: 336 p., [32] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm
Subjects: Moore, Roger, 1927-2017
Motion picture actors and actresses -- Great Britain -- Biography.

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hgibbins
Jun 29, 2017

An insightful look into the career of a well known actor. He is definitely more than "James Bond" and his long history of work for UNICEF shows this well. This memoire takes the reader through Sir Roger's early life and his struggles to find work in the theatre, and movies.

piperfriday1 Mar 12, 2012

Sir Roger freely admits his sense of humor is "childish" and "schoolboyish" and so it is. Having taken the advice of Noel Coward to work, no matter how poor the script, in order to qualify as a working actor, Sir R. marches us through his takes on the films he's been in, with considerable emphasis on risque anecdotes of his own and of his friends and coworkers. Tales of his four wives are disposed of with his off-handed, light and risque manner, but are somehow not enjoyable. If you like a continuous stream of vulgar language, with an immature and gleeful obsession with scatological matters, this is the book for you. The impression one comes away with is that Sir R. has missed the boat and is entertaining himself on an island, blissfully unaware of any realism. We might wish he'd come away with a little more insight and wisdom about the glittering world he inhabited - instead, we see an effect like a cheap, self-serving stand-up comic routine.

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