Post by Cardinal Pirelli on May 23, 2017 16:31:56 GMT
I'm just ploughing my way through The Persuaders, his seventies double act detective TV show with Tony Curtis. Quintessential Roger Moore repartee and wardrobe throughout! Live and Let Die was, I think, the first non children's film I ever saw in the cinema.
Roger Moore sat some rows behind me at Billy Elliot when the show had just opened. A few people walked up to him to ask for autographs during the interval, but I was too shy and didn't want to bug him on a private night out. Ah well. Seemed like a true gentleman indeed and was very gracious with those who spoke to him.
Saw him at the RFH in November and he seemed in fine health for a man of his age so this was a sad shock to hear earlier. He was my favourite of the Bonds and never took himself too seriously, unlike some of the other knighted thespians at large today. R.I.P.
A close friend of mine is the biggest Roger Moore fan I've ever known, he's a huge Bond fan but for him Moore is the man. I was the one who happened to break it to my friend, sending him a message saying I thought of him hearing the news. He was so upset and then felt immediatly gulity because of events in Manchester, but I said to him this was a man you've looked up to most of your life, he had a great influence on many people and did a lot of good. It's ok to feel sad even though there's a big tradgedy, it's still a personal tradgedy even if we don't personally know these celebrities.
Anyway also to say my friend got to ask him a question at a Q&A about 2 years ago, and it made his day (year!) as did generally how generous with his time and answers Moore was at that event. Which is just another little story of many about a man who seems the consumate gentleman.
He was by far my favourite James Bond, mostly because he didn't take himself and the role seriously. But even more, I enjoyed him as Lord Brett Sinclar opposite Tony Curtis' Danny Wilde in The Persuaders, or, in German, Die Zwei. Actually, it's the only TV production I can think of where the German synchronisation is superior to the English original.
Just digged out my DVD box and now I'm off watching one or two episodes.
So: just thinking about a non-Bond tribute before I retire for the evening (I have the Bond blu-ray box set and have only made it up to On Her Majesty's Secret Service, and think it would be wrong to skip that and jump to Live And Let Die) should I watch Sherlock Holmes In New York, or Bullseye!?
Sir Roger had what few of the newer generation of stars have - class. He never took himself too seriously and knew that despite being a huge star, he wasn't the greatest actor and once he gave up Bond he didn't try to reinvent himself in serious parts. Instead he found the perfect niche being a tireless Unicef ambassador for many years and for which he was knighted.
He was still doing his "Evening with" shows at the end of last year and seemed to be in good nick despite his advancing years and his mind was still sharp enough to share some great stories.
Connery may have been the definitive Bond but Roger was the one I grew up watching enthralled by his battles with the late great Richard Kiel as Jaws.
He was old school, in a good way. A star with manners and humour.
Things were simpler then. Whe today could envison a 'hero' as being Saintly pure or even use a word with religious connotations in such a way.
I love people who realise how fortunate they are. Blessed with a modicum of talent and good looks he realised how far he'd travelled with that. He gave back and unlike many who achieve success, seemed to enjoy everything it brought him