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My Word Is My Bond: The Autobiography [Hardcover]

Roger Moore
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Nov. 15 2008

The quintessential suave hero, Roger Moore has enjoyed a successful career that has spanned seven decades, from early television through the golden age of Hollywood and on to international superstardom. Dashing, handsome, and every inch the archetypal English gentleman, he is most widely known for making seven blockbuster films as arguably the most debonair 007 of all time. He has worked with some of the world’s most legendary stars, including such luminaries as Noel Coward, Sean Connery, Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Lana Turner, Gregory Peck, Cary Grant, Richard Harris, and Michael Caine. For the first time, Roger shares his recollections of playing some of the world’s most famous roles as well as myriad stories from his personal life, including events from his childhood in London and his experiences during World War II. Filled with anecdotes from his encounters with celebrities of every variety and his memories from the heydays of Hollywood, this is a frank, funny, and disarmingly charming story of a life lived among the stars.

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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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3.0 out of 5 stars A Saint and an Appreciative Bond Feb. 4 2010
By Nicola Mansfield HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
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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5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OUT THERE! Feb. 17 2009
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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5.0 out of 5 stars a fascinating look behind the screen July 1 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Roger Moore comes across as a funny and genuinely good man in this autobiography. His self deprecating humor shines through every page, and he seems quite humble for someone who's lived such a glamorous life. The last third of the book is devoted to his work with UNICEF and you get the feeling this is what gave him the most satisfaction in his life.

I'm not a fan of his take on James Bond, but I finished this book with admiration for the man.
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