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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Michael O'Mara (Nov. 15 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843173182
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843173182
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 16.5 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 739 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #439,385 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In this kind, funny autobiography, Moore does his best to debunk his image as an upper-crust all-action hero... so engaging... so genuine. This is a delightful book, crammed with anecdotes of the television and film industry from the Fifties to the Noughties The Mail on Sunday Moore's autobiography is the funniest film memoir since David Niven's The Moon's A Balloon The Daily Mail Stuffed with showbiz anecdotes The Sun Funny, frank and charming The Lady There are stories galore... With a warm, winning mix of self-deprecation and praise for family, friends and colleagues, Sir Roger emerges as a figure every bit as dashing, but rather better-natured, than any he's played onscreen Empire Warm-hearted recollections of a long and distinguished career The Scotsman A lovely, ambling read The Times An amusing and racy memoir... Moore's wit and self-deprecation are evident on every page The Stage A man who can still snap a woman's knicker elastic with the flick of an eyebrow The Times --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Sir Roger Moore KBE has had an extraordinary career that has spanned seven decades, from early television to the golden age of Hollywood and on to international superstardom. Dashing, handsome and every inch the archetypal English gentleman, he was unforgettable as The Saint, as Lord Brett Sinclair in "The Persuaders" and, of course, as James Bond, making seven blockbusting films as arguably the most debonair of the 007s. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nicola Mansfield HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Feb. 4 2010
Format: Hardcover
Reason for Reading: Roger Moore is the Bond I grew up with, the one I went to the movies to see as a teenager.

Comments: Right from the introduction Mr. Moore states that he will not be 'dirt-dishing' nor telling 'tittle tattle'; he wants to write a fun book filled with memories the way he saw them and the wonderful people he met in his life but he promises that does not mean it will be a 'fluffy book' either. Roger Moore lives up to this statement giving the reader a very enjoyable look inside his life without trashing anyone. He does mention a couple of names that he simply hates with a straightforward reason why, he tells stories leaving the irritating one unnamed and he mentions names and follows the "if you have nothing nice to say, don't say anything at all rule" frequently. But Roger Moore is a charming fellow, very easy going, loves a prank or two, and can take a joke on himself as well so his book is filled with people he adored and those who adored him back.

Moore spends a good part of the book on his early life in England; his childhood, days in the army, acting on stage, becoming an actor in British movies. This was all very interesting and it's hard to believe that Roger Moore is really that old to have been in WWII! Even when acting in Britain the famous names start knocking about such as David Niven (a lifetime friend) and Michael Caine. Then he comes to America and makes a name for himself on the small screen starring in Maverick (replacing James Garner as his British cousin), then his famous Simon Templar as The Saint and finally The Persuaders with Tony Curtis. Not until we are closing in on page 200 does Roger Moore get to James Bond and the book has been so interesting up to this point that Bond is not the vital part of the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By susan pinke on Feb. 17 2009
Format: Hardcover
Roger Moore writes with much insight about his incredible life. This is a very enjoyable book that tells you much about the suave actor and how he scaled the heights of the film world. When you read it you come to understand why he was so successful...that it was not just his looks and charm that aided in his climb to the top but a decency and honesty that started with a fascinating and well remembered childhood and continue to this day. This is a must read for those wanting to know more about the life of Roger Moore.
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By A. Volk #1 REVIEWER#1 HALL OF FAME on Jan. 20 2011
Format: Hardcover
I'll say up front that I enjoy Roger Moore's Bond. I don't know if he's my favorite, but he played the role with a real British flair that no other Bond has managed to pull off. It seems that role fit him so well because that's the kind of guy he is in real life. A little off-color, into joking, high-society, yet still genuine British class A act. The other reviews have done a good job summarizing this book, so I'll just say that I quite enjoyed reading it. I almost gave it four stars because it's so long, but to be honest, most of it is really fun to read. Moore has certainly lived an interesting life that's full of Hollywood stories and adventures. He also goes into enough detail about The Saint and Bond shows/movies to satisfy a fan's curiosity. Some people have commented that he talks too much about the charities he's involved with, but that's because I think they have become the dominant factor/line of work in the later years of his life. They're certainly admirable causes, chief amongst them UNICEF. Moore clearly cares a lot about the welfare of children, travelling all over the world to promote iodine in salt as a means of warding off iodine deficiency, a serious, but completely preventable disorder.

If you're interested in Roger Moore, the man, this book is what you're looking for. If you're looking for a book on Roger Moore as James Bond, this book will also do the job. And if you're just looking for a (generally) light-hearted biography, this book will also do the job. Like many of Moore's films/shows, you'll find yourself laughing, amused, and charmed by his writing. So I'm going to be generous and say that the laughter and good stories are worth five stars.
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Format: Hardcover
Successful actors and actresses usually focus on themselves. Sir Roger Moore knows that "the play's the thing" and directs interesting and rewarding stories that movie and television fans will enjoy. As author, he mostly plays the role of stand-in for us as voyeurs in casting calls, make-up chairs, scenes as they are performed, and during the carousing afterward. He has a sharp sense of humor and doesn't take himself or anything all that serious . . . except UNICEF for which he has done immense toil in recent years.

The style of story telling reminded me a lot of William Shatner's autobiography, Up Till Now. Sir Roger is more restrained, as befits his British background.

The book's main weakness is that the storytelling is a bit too good at directing attention away from Sir Roger. As a result, we learn the surface man . . . and not too much else. He's a jolly companion who wants you to have a good time.

If you are a huge fan of Maverick, the Saint, the Persuaders, and his Bond roles, I think you'll leave the book wishing for more. But that's part of the actor's art: Leave them eager for Moore.

Have fun!
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