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My Word Is My Bond: A Memoir Paperback – Bargain Price, December 8, 2009
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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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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!Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great read about Roger Moore's professional life and his UNICEF work! I really enjoyed this...he has a nice sense of humor and seems to be a nice man.Published 10 days ago by Amy Hayden
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Sir Roger Moore can relate events so well and what a sense of humor!Published 12 days ago by ann
I've always liked Roger Moore, and he writes as if he were right here talking to the reader.Published 18 days ago by Kindle Customer
A very irritating book. Nothing but constant name dropping and self aggrandizing. I liked Mr Moore as The Saint but did not find his Bond very inspiring. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Neil Slocum
eh, don't waste your money unless you are interested in the minutae and are obsessed with his lifePublished 1 month ago by PatriciaReads
The writing style is like someone telling an interesting story in a monotone voice. I wanted to learn more about how he became such a worldwide celebrity, but I could not force... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Epiphonio