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My Word is My Bond: A Memoir Hardcover – November 4, 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)

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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.

Until now.

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.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Collins; First Edition edition (November 4, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061673889
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061673887
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #669,440 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.
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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!
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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.
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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.
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