I will come right out and say it – I’m not a James Bond fan. I’m not adverse to the odd film here and there (usually on a Bank Holiday) but they never really captured me.
I have fond memories of Roger Moore from Stella Street rather than anywhere else but I just couldn’t resist this book.
It’s interesting to hear about the fabulous stars of yesteryear with Moore having worked with, or known, such luminaries as Gregory Peck, Cary Grant, Sean Connery, Tony Curtis, Joan Collins, Audrey Hepburn and many more.
Coming from humble roots right through to Hollywood – it’s a classic rags to riches tale and Moore’s amiable tone pervades throughout, making the reader feel a little like he’s telling the stories round a fire on a winter’s night.
Moore had actually been in a lot of programmes I’d forgotten about like The Saint and The Persuaders. He tells all of his stories with gusto and again it’s great to see how things worked behind the camera back in those days.
Of course Bond takes up quite a chunk of the book but even those sections are interesting to a non-Bond fan like myself.
The final quarter or so of the book is about his work with Unicef and it’s interesting to see how much it humbled him and how much he still does with the charity to this day.
This book won’t be to everyone’s taste but if you are interested in old films and TV it can provide a great insight into how programmes were made before the digital age.