Word Is My Bond - The promotional tour
Sir Roger’s tour kicked off in London with “Tonight
With Jonathan Ross” on October 10th, and was swiftly followed
by appearances at the National Film Theatre, the National Theatre
Platform Event, a special gala event at Pinewood
Studios and booksignings in London, Kent, Norwich, Oxford and
Events then followed in Paris, New York, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane,
Auckland, Hong-Kong, Finland and The Netherlands.
at Lyttelton Theatre in London after having discussed his
distinguished career with Emma Forbes, daughter of director
and producer Bryan Forbes
On November 7, Sir Roger was in New York and appeared at Barnes
& Noble 5th Avenue to sign copies of his book. On November 9,
he was inducted into the legendary New York City club for the arts,
The Players. The evening was organized by Cinema Retro Editor-in-Chief
Lee Pfeiffer and John Martello, Executive Director of The Players.
The club has a rich history dating back to 1888 when it was founded
by actor Edwin Booth. Over the decades, notable members have included
Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn, James Cagney, Mark Twain, General
Sherman, Gregory Peck and many others. A sold-out crowd attended
the black tie festivities and the New York Times covered the evening.
Sir Roger arrived with his wife, Kristina and personal assistant
Gareth Owen to for a private tour of the club given by John Martello.
Following this, the group mixed with the crowd at an informal cocktail
party at which Sir Roger received a pleasant surprise when he was
reunited with his Moonraker co-star Lois Chiles.
Roger Moore Tribute At The Players Club.
Barnes & Nobles in New York
Sir Roger then went to Sidney and to Melbourne. In Melbourne, More
than 500 people of all ages lined Bourke Street in the CBD to have
their copy signed and to catch a glimpse of the 81-year-old star.
The store had to order more copies of the book to cope with demand,
with one staff member saying it was the biggest book signing event
it had ever had. After an hour of signing, Sir Roger strolled out
of the store with a grin still on his face, waving to fans as they
begged for photos.
In Auckland, more than 300 people were lining up to get up close
to Sir Roger. He was also a guest at a literary lunch at Auckland's
Hyatt Regency Hotel.
Hong-Kong got a glimpse of a silver screen legend as he jetted
into town on November 27. He said: "Why did I write an autobiography?
Because my wife was getting very fed up listening to me tell the
same stories. She thought the rest of the world should suffer too
and I should write it down." When asked what type of role would
he would want to play, if he could go back and do the Bond films
again and play another character apart from James Bond, Moore replied:
"Oh I would like to play a villain, (a) much better part! They
always had wonderful dialogues. You know Bond does not say much
(apart) from 'The name's Bond, James Bond'. As the villain . . when
you say 'Bond', it is always 'Mr Bond, you are going to die and
you are going to suffer very slowly!' They are great, I love it!".
Roger Moore then came back to Europe, heading for Oslo, Norway,
and then to Amsterdam.
It is in the dutch Schiphol Airport that he concludes the first
part of his world tour. Once again, people are lining up outside
of the AKO shop.
After nine weeks of touring the four corners
of the world, Roger Moore is still his ever smiling, charming
self, shaking hands, signing autographs, and posing with every
admirer despite his fatigue.
: AP, Reuters, AFP & Marie-France