Uncle Roger came to spend a few days with us recently. (We're not related, of course, but if we were, he would be my mother's youngest brother -even if he is quite a bit older than she is!)
Every night he would entertain us with stories from his life, from his early childhood in London up to now.
He told us about his various illnesses as a child, his having to be separated from his parents due to the Blitz in London, his early career as an animator (!) and film extra, his acting work on tv, first in England, then in LA,... his first films, the Saint, The Persuaders...and then something about a John (or was it James?) Bond or something...
Kidding aside, I pre ordered this book the moment I heard about it. Roger Moore was my first James Bond (The Spy Who Loved Me) and has always been my favorite famous person whom I have not met...yet.
Something I definitely enjoyed about this book was how little scandal he was involved in, no heavy drug use, no alcoholism, no falls from grace to overcome. This is NOT your usual 'True Hollywood Story" memoir!
In fact, you'll find him to to be some kind of real life Forrest Gump, floating from one amazing situation to the next, surrounded by the biggest stars of the time (Elizabeth Taylor! Audrey Hepburn! David Niven! Frank Sinatra! The Spice Girls!) who all seem to like him and make him their friend.
His stories are all light-hearted, never mean and usually quite funny. He never takes himself too seriously nor tries to hog the spotlight, instead he allows us to see these events as he himself saw them.
He does get serious when talking about his health scare (although he is the first to admit that he is a bit of a hypochondriac) and when he talks about UNICEF (for which he has done some wonderful work).
But basically, this is the story of a very charming, self-effacing film legend, who unlike the majority of other stars, knows exactly how lucky he has been with his lot in life and would love to share it with us.
We miss you already, Uncle Roger, Please come back with more stories for us!