Roger Moore, who played "007" in seven movies, tells his life story in a witty and very readable memoir. He grew up in a loving family in London, where he fell in love with movies. After some stage work, he started as a movie extra and never looked back. He easily moved from picture to picture getting larger and larger parts, eventually landing his break-through role in TV's The Saint. More movie, television, and stage work followed, leading to the role of a lifetime, James Bond. These days, Moore spends his time traveling the world on behalf of UNICEF.
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 a labor of love.
This is a fast read that I found 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.
Roger Moore is not my favorite Bond. Unfortunately for him, I felt his movies (with the exception of Live and Let Die and For Your Eyes Only) were too silly, over the top (A View to a Kill should NOT have been even made) and too much of a womanizer. I felt he was too much of a charmer and not enough grit like Connery (the first few at least), Craig or even Dalton. Still though as a HUGE James Bond fan, I wanted to read this book since I devour anything Bond. And since Moore was Bond, this was a … more
I usually don't pay much attention to celebrity memoirs or much of any other writing about the entertainment industry. But as a fan, not only of the James Bond movies but of Leslie Charteris' The Saint as well, and having heard little but nice things about Roger Moore as a person, this book appealed to me more than most in the genre. A fast and entertaining read, "My Word is My Bond" is also well-written with a casual tone, a little sexy without being salacious, and full of the kinds of insider … more
Roger Moore tells the story of his life as he goes just past his 80th birthday, and what an interesting life it's been! From his early days in England all the way up to his years on "The Saint", and James Bond, up to now, when he's working for UNICEF, you'll read about all of it. And what a fascinating read it is! Light and breezy, always interesting and never dull, especially once you get to the parts where he starts acting professionally. You'll learn everything you always … more
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 )