Roger Moore

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Roger Moore

Born

10/14/1927, Stockwell, London, England, UK

Birth Name

Roger George Moore

Gender

Male

Also Known As

Sir Roger Moore
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Biography

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Roger Moore is a decorated British actor who was born on October 14, 1927. During the Second World War, he was conscripted into the British Army and rose to the rank of Captain. He began acting in 1945 and has appeared in films and television steadily since that…more

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Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • He is currently the oldest living actor to portray James Bond.

    • Roger said that he was rejected as the assassin in Day Of The Jackal (1967) because director Fred Zimmerman thought he would be too recognizable and wanted someone that would blend in with a crowd.

    • Bond author Ian Fleming had wanted Roger to play Bond in Dr. No (1959) but producer Cubby Broccoli felt he wasn't "he-man" enough for the role and chose Connery.

    • Received an International Humanitarian award for his work from the London Variety Club in May 2000.

    • He served with Military Intelligence whilst doing National Service

    • Was in the television play "The World By The Tail," (1953} only a few days after arriving in the United States.

    • Has never ordered a vodka martini shaken not stirred, as Bond character did.

    • A close friend of the Danish Royal Family, especially the Princess Alexandra. He attended the christening of Princess Alexandra and Prince Joachim's youngest son, Felix. Attended the wedding of the Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary on May 14th, 2004.

    • Stated that one of his main reasons for leaving the Bond franchise was that he felt embarrassed to be seen performing love scenes with beautiful actresses who were young enough to be his daughters.

    • Attended the wedding of Joan Collins and Percy Gibson.

    • Was tied with another former Bond actor, in 1997, for the Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actor, for his performance in Spice World and Sean Connery, for his performance in The Avengers. Fortunately for both, neither won.

    • Was knighted at the Queen's Birthday Honours, in June 2003.

    • Fitted for a pacemaker after collapsing at a matinee performance of "What Play I Wrote," on May 7, 2003. Finished the performance by taking a 10 minute break after the attack and continuing.

    • Close friends with Lois Maxwell, who played Miss Moneypenny in the Bond films. Both met each other during their studies at the Royal Academy Of Dramatic Arts in the 1940s.

    • Quit smoking cigarettes in 1971 after being chastised by co-star Tony Curtis on the set of The Persuaders.

    • Speaks perfect Italian; former wife Luisa Mattioli is an Italian citizen.

    • Was the shortest actor to play Bond, an inch shorter than Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Timothy Dalton, and Pierce Brosnan.

    • Oldest person to start in the Bond role, at 46.

    • His daughter also played in the Bond franchise, as the airline hostess in Die Another Day (2002).

    • Has three children, Christian, Geoffery, and Deborah Moore, the latter two of which are also actors.

    • Married four times; current spouse Christina Tholstrup.

    • Served in World War Two in the British Army.

    • Originally wanted to be an artist.

    • His salary for the James Bond movie Octopussy(1983) was $4,000,00

    • His salary for the movie A View to a Kill(1985) was $5,000,00

    • His favorite James Bond film is The Spy Who Loved Me(1977).

    • His father was a Policeman

    • When first beginning his career, he had a habit of collecting towels from various hotels he stayed in, until a British tabloid ran the story, "Roger Moore Is A Towel Thief" and he stopped then. Revealed on Graham Norton's talk show that he still has them in his Swiss home.

    • Used the alias of "Turk Thrust II" when filming Curse Of The Pink Panther (1983), in which he made a cameo appearance playing Peter Sellers' character, Inspector Jacques Clouseau.

    • Personally hates firing guns and cost many takes on film because of this.

    • Succeeded Audrey Hepburn as Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF.

    • Was Air France's 8,000,000th passenger, on May 21, 1964.

    • Received an honorary doctorate from Ryerson Polytechnic University in 1999.

    • While playing Bond, his contract specified he was to receive an unlimited number of Montecristo cigars, the typical bill for which during each film being produced ran into the thousands of pounds.

    • Early in his acting career, he was (and still is) highly active on series television, both starring and supporting roles...as was the late great George C. Scott, who was born just four days after Sir Roger, in the same month of the same year.

    • In 1990 he was going to make his musical theatre debut in "Aspects of Love" as Sir George, but left before his escape clause expired, due to his own concerns about his singing ability. He was replaced by Kevin Colson.

    • Awarded CBE (Commander Of The Most Excellent Order Of The British Empire) in 1999.

    • Was cast in two roles that were originally offered to Patrick McGoohan: Simon Templar in The Saint and James Bond in Live and Let Die.

    • His height is 6' 1" (1.85 m)

  • Quotes

    • (when asked about his favorite Bond film)
      Roger Moore: Among the ones I did, The Spy Who Loved Me was the one I enjoyed best. I think it was the one where all elements worked. It had the right balance of locations and humour. I also enjoyed working with Lewis Gilbert tremendously.

    • Roger Moore: To me, the Bond situations are so ridiculous, so outrageous. I mean, this man is supposed to be a spy and yet, everybody knows he's a spy. Every bartender in the world offers him martinis that are shaken, not stirred. What kind of serious spy is recognized everywhere he goes? It's outrageous. So you have to treat the humor outrageously as well. My personality is entirely different than previous Bonds. I'm not that cold-blooded killer type. Which is why I play it mostly for laughs.

    • Roger Moore: Bond was escapism, but not meant to be imitated in real life.

    • Roger Moore: When in doubt, raise an eyebrow.

    • Roger Moore: You're not a star till they can spell your name in Vladivostok.

SUBMIT REVIEW
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    7.0
    3rd best Bond actor, Roger Moore is great sometimes and other times not. His last preformances as Bond wasn´t good at all. But in other movies he is good.
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    9.0
    I didn't like as Bond as much as Brosnan or Daniel Craig, but to me, he came in next. Definitely the most humorous Bond, his style was unmistakable. His The Spy Who Loved Me was, in my opinion, the third best Bond film following Casino Royale and Goldeneye.
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