- Birth nameRoger George Moore
- Height6′ 1¼″ (1.86 m)
- Roger Moore will perhaps always be remembered as the man who replaced Sean Connery in the James Bond series, arguably something he never lived down.
Roger George Moore was born on October 14, 1927 in Stockwell, London, England, the son of Lillian (Pope) and George Alfred Moore, a policeman. His mother was born in Calcutta, India, to a British family. Roger first wanted to be an artist, but got into films full time after becoming an extra in the late 1940s. He came to the United States in 1953. Suave, extremely handsome, and an excellent actor, he received a contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. His initial foray met with mixed success, with movies like Diane (1956) and Interrupted Melody (1955), as well as The Last Time I Saw Paris (1954).
Moore went into television in the 1950s on series such as Ivanhoe (1958) and The Alaskans (1959), but probably received the most recognition from Maverick (1957), as cousin Beau. He received his big breakthrough, at least internationally, as The Saint (1962). The series made him a superstar and he became very successful thereafter. Moore ended his run as the Saint, and was one of the premier stars of the world, but he was not catching on in America. In an attempt to change this, he agreed to star with Tony Curtis on ITC's The Persuaders! (1971), but although hugely popular in Europe, it did not catch on in the United States and was canceled. Just prior to making the series, he starred in The Man Who Haunted Himself (1970), which proved there was far more to Moore than the light-hearted roles he had previously accepted.
He was next offered and accepted the role of James Bond, and once audiences got used to the change of style from Connery's portrayal, they also accepted him. Live and Let Die (1973), his first Bond movie, grossed more outside of America than Diamonds Are Forever (1971); Connery's last outing as James Bond. He went on to star in another six Bond films, before bowing out after A View to a Kill (1985). He was age 57 at the time the film was made and was looking a little too old for Bond - it was possibly one film too many. In between times, there had been more success with appearances in films such as That Lucky Touch (1975), Shout at the Devil (1976), The Wild Geese (1978), Escape to Athena (1979) and North Sea Hijack (1980).
Despite his fame from the Bond films and many others, the United States never completely took to him until he starred in The Cannonball Run (1981) alongside Burt Reynolds, a success there. After relinquishing his role as Bond, his work load tended to diminish a little, though he did star in the American box office flop Feuer, Eis & Dynamit (1990), as well as the comedy Bullseye! (1990), with Michael Caine. He did the overlooked comedy Bed & Breakfast (1991), as well as the television movie The Man Who Wouldn't Die (1994), and then the major Jean-Claude Van Damme flop The Quest (1996). Moore then took second rate roles such as Spice World (1997), and the American television series The Dream Team (1999). Although his film work slowed down, he was still in the public eye, be it appearing on television chat shows or hosting documentaries.
Roger Moore was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire on December 31, 1998 in the New Years Honours for services to UNICEF, and was promoted to Knight Commander of the same order on June 14, 2003 in the Queen's Birthday Honours for services to the charities UNICEF and Kiwanis International.
Roger Moore died of cancer on 23 May, 2017, in Switzerland. He was 89.- IMDb Mini Biography By: Pedro Borges
- Roger's father George was in the police force and was very interested in amateur dramatics while his mother, Lillian, was born in India where her father was an RSM in the first world War. Roger had a commission in the army and after his service spent 18 months as a male model while doing theatre understudy work in the West End. His first film role was an uncredited part in 'Perfect Strangers in 1945 which was followed by further uncredited parts in such as Piccadilly Incident and Caesar and Cleopatra. His first credited film part in 'The Last Time I Saw Paris' in 1954 put him in top company with Elizabeth Taylor and Van Johnson. He then spent some years abroad before returning home for the television series 'Ivanhoe' then in the early 60's hit the big time on the series 'The Saint' which ran for 118 episodes over 7 years. Prior to playing James Bond on the big screen he played him in a 1964 episode of 'Mainly Millicent' ( Millicent Martin). He then became big on television with series of 'The saint 'and 'The Persuaders' then actually became Bond in the 1973 film Live and Let Die' going through 7 films to 'A VIew to a Kill' in 1985. Prior to his passing he voiced two animated films , 'Troll Hunters' and ' Astrid Silverlock' which are listed by IMDB as 2017. As this is now 2021 it remains to be seen whether Roger's last work will be seen in cinemas or be lost in time.- IMDb Mini Biography By: Tonyman 5
- SpousesChristina 'Kiki' Tholstrup(March 10, 2002 - May 23, 2017) (his death)Luisa Mattioli(April 11, 1969 - April 29, 1996) (divorced, 3 children)Dorothy Squires(July 6, 1953 - November 25, 1968) (divorced)Doorn Van Steyn(December 9, 1946 - March 1, 1953) (divorced)
- ParentsGeorge Aldred MoorePope Lillian
- Self-deprecating wit
- Charming debonair persona
- Habitually raising his eyebrows
- Refined English accent
- Deep smooth voice
- He said he would like to play a villain in a Bond movie starring Daniel Craig, but accepted that it could never happen.
- He was the oldest person to debut as James Bond. He was age 45 when Live and Let Die (1973) was filmed.
- His contract for the 007 films provided him with an unlimited supply of Montecristo cigars during filming. The bill for this typically ran to thousands of pounds.
- He was good friends with Lois Maxwell, who played Miss Moneypenny in the James Bond movies. They first met in mid 1940s at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, where they were in the same class in 1944.
- Moore and his agent accepted each Bond movie on a film to film basis, instead of signing on for several.
- (1998) Over the last year I've rather enjoyed making documentaries for a company called Associated Television, run by a man called David Mackenzie. And we shot a couple in Russia, one in Moscow and one in St. Petersburg... they are called "The KGB Files".
- To me, the Bond situations are so ridiculous, so outrageous. I mean, this man is supposed to be a spy and yet, everybody knows he's a spy. Every bartender in the world offers him martinis that are shaken, not stirred. What kind of serious spy is recognized everywhere he goes? It's outrageous. So you have to treat the humor outrageously as well. My personality is entirely different than previous Bonds. I'm not that cold-blooded killer type. Which is why I play it mostly for laughs.
- I must tell you the truth - I have not seen them, and for a very good reason. Knowing that I would get asked questions like that, I'm always desperately honest. If I didn't like the performance, I don't know how I would answer. I do know Timothy, and he is a very, very pleasant chap and a good actor. - When asked for his opinion about the James Bond movies featuring his successor Timothy Dalton
- [his explanation for his comical approach to James Bond] I don't believe in Bond as a hero. It's a load of nonsense. How can you be a spy when any bar you walk into, the bartender says, "Ah, Mr Bond. Shaken, not stirred?".
- [on his son who owns the London restaurant "Hush"] You could say he has a "License to Grill".
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