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My Word Is My Bond [Hardcover]

Roger Moore , Gareth Owen
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Like his James Bond movies, Roger Moore’s autobiography is full of unbelievable scenes, corny dialogue and a lead character who doesn’t take himself too seriously...full of humor, in praise of many and offensive to few (New York Post)

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By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
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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5.0 out of 5 stars "An unspoit, down-to-earth individual" Oct. 21 2008
Roger Moore, who played "007" in seven movies, tells his life story in a witty and very readable memoir. He grew up in a loving family in London, where he fell in love with movies. After some stage work, he started as a movie extra and never looked back. He easily moved from picture to picture getting larger and larger parts, eventually landing his break-through role in TV's The Saint. More movie, television, and stage work followed, leading to the role of a lifetime, James Bond. These days, Moore spends his time traveling the world on behalf of UNICEF.

Moore writes with great fondness of his many longtime show biz friendships, especially David Niven, and tells interesting behind-the-scenes stories about all of his movies. (He's not so forthcoming about his personal life, however; he devotes only a few sentences to his first three marriages.) His philanthropic work with UNICEF fills an entire chapter and it's clearly his life's work now.

This is a fast read and I found it impossible to put down. Moore comes across as a regular guy who loved his parents, made it big, and thoroughly enjoys the good life now. Sadly, my uncorrected proof copy didn't contain any photos; I would have liked to see those very much. Fans of Sir Roger will certainly learn a lot about him and enjoy this book.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating, revealing and inspirational true story about the real man behind his James Bond image. Nov. 8 2008
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If you loved Roger Moore in the 007 films, the Saint and the Persuaders you are going to love this book! What you will discover is the reason that Roger Moore is so likable on the screen and off. You will see what formed his character early on and throughout his life making him the kind, unspoiled and unselfish man that he is.

This book made me recall what an old man once told me about happiness. He said, "There are three things in life that you need to be happy. One is to love. Two is to be loved. And three is having a feeling of accomplishment. Two out of three isn't bad" he said. Well Roger Moore had and has all three. Hi mother and father and relatives loved him very much as he was growing up. The same can be said about his many friends and fellow actors and even wives that he knew throughout his life. His book clearly shows this and how he returned that love to all of them. His accomplishments were so many more than most of us are aware of going back long before the Saint and going on well after Bond. There are so many more credits in his resume than I was aware of.

The book makes it clear though that his proudest accomplishment is the work that he has done raising money for UNICEF as this has made a significant difference in the lives of poor disadvantaged children throughout the world.

A brilliantly written and poignant book. Full of dry wit and wonderful stories. I highly recommend it.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sir Roger Moore - the man behind the double entendres of 007. Nov. 19 2008
By The Matrix Fan - Published on Amazon.com
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Throughout my life, whenever someone mentions James Bond, I immediately think of Roger Moore. His singular wit and mastery of the double entendre never cease to entertain me to this very day. When I had the chance to read & review "My Word is my Bond", I didn't jump - I leapt at it!

From the beginning, Moore makes it plain that he wouldn't be bringing up recycled scandals or mudslinging anyone...and if he couldn't say anything nice, he'd prefer not to say anything at all "...unless pushed to say a few words by my editor!" No, the book holds true to his promise of telling funny stories and recalling events and friends that have shaped his life.

It was a relief to see that Moore didn't jump right away into Bond stories...no, he talked quite a bit about his beginnings - childhood illnesses, a fledgling worker in the Publicity Picture Productions, enrolling in the Association of Cinema Technicians (which helped immensely when he decided to direct years later), wartime relocations, and the birth of his acting career as an extra at Denham Studios. We get to experience the joys and pitfalls of his early Hollywood jobs, his marriages, and the success of his two tv shows, The Saint and The Persuaders.

The saga of James Bond doesn't come around until chapter nine, but it's well worth the wait. There's no shortage of humorous stories, both on and off the set. I can't reveal all of them, but there is one exchange with a special effects technician that never ceases to make me laugh:

"Now Rog, there'll be a few explosions..."
"It always unnerves me when the man who says this type of thing holds up his hand to reveal two missing fingers."

Comedic gold!

Moore had interactions with celebrities such as Christopher Lee, Michael Caine, Elton John, Frank Sinatra, and several others...but his most important was with Audrey Hepburn; as she began his involvement with UNICEF. The latter half of the book describes his journey to several countries with a genuine desire to help impoverished and disadvantaged children all over the world.

Roger Moore started each chapter with some type of in-joke that couldn't be deduced until it was completed. It made each section a treasure hunt that kept me wanting to read more. I thoroughly enjoyed learning about Roger Moore's life before and after the Walther PPK.

He promised to provide an entertaining book...
...and his word truly is his bond.

Highly recommended.
17 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars He Needs a Writing Mentor Nov. 4 2008
By K. L. Cotugno - Published on Amazon.com
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Some of the best books I have ever read were memoirs by Peter Ustinov, Ray Milland, and David Niven. They were witty, compelling, and warm. I was hoping for a similar experience with this book by Sir Roger Moore, and was disappointed in that the story was lost due to the dry writing style. His path followed the others' a generation later -- growing up in Britain during a war, taking his part with the armed forces, landing in the movie business. But whereas the earlier memoirs kept me laughing and riveted the entire time, I had to work at reading it. This is not Roger Moore's fault -- an editor willing to give some assistance would have improved the experience for everyone concerned, from the initial drafting, to the final reading. I wish I had liked it more. Sir Moore does come across as a warm, kind, likeable fellow, but the story itself is not a compelling read.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I often wonder whatever became of him! Nov. 20 2008
By CAPG - Published on Amazon.com
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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!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classy Read from a Classy Actor Jan. 8 2009
By S. Rudge - Published on Amazon.com
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Roger Moore was my first James Bond, and like a baby duck he was the one I imprinted on. As I got older I appreciated other Bonds, but Moore was always my favorite.

I received this book and with great eagerness turned immediately to the Bond section. I was rewarded with a great deal of insight and some fantastic stories about the characters and creators involved in the Bond universe. After I finished that section I went back to read the Saint stories, then the Maverick stories and finally skipped ahead to find out information on one of my favorite movies of all time, "Ffolkes."

After I finished all that, I went back to the beginning and read through the rest of the book. The main thing I enjoyed was the fact that Roger Moore seems to be a very natural storyteller and a great gentleman. I can hear his voice while I am reading and the book very much flows as if he is relating these stories while speaking.

There is really no "kiss and tell" in this book, Mr. Moore shows too much class for that type of autobiography, but if you are interested in behind the scenes personalities and tales of a number of famous performers you will find that.

Overall this is a great, light read for any Roger Moore fan. I wish him the best and hope his book is very successful.
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