My Word Is My Bond Hardcover – Nov 30 2008
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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)
From the Back Cover
From the saint to maverick to James Bond, Roger Moore’s story is one of the last of the classic Hollywood lives as yet untold.
One of the most recognizable big-screen stars of the past half century, Sir Roger Moore played the role of James Bond longer than any other actor. Still, Bond was only one in a lifetime of roles stretching back to Hollywood’s studio era. Moore has seen and heard it all. He has hobnobbed with the glamorous and powerful, counting Elizabeth Taylor, Jane Seymour, and Cary Grant among his contemporaries and friends. He has outrageous stories about foulmouthed Milton Berle, surly Richard Burton, and kindhearted Richard Kiel, infamous as Bond enemy Jaws. The stories in My Word Is My Bond are priceless, a treasure trove of Hollywood history. Sir Roger Moore has left nothing out—especially the naughty bits.--This text refers to the Paperback edition. See all Product Description
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
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... Read morePublished on July 1 2013 by Jean-Frederic Vachon
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. Read morePublished on Jan. 20 2011 by A. Volk
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... Read morePublished on Feb. 17 2009 by susan pinke