Sir Roger Moore Q+A for December 2011

Question 1

Hello Sir Roger

Seasonal Salutations to you and your loved ones. I hope you have a lovely Christmas, and a happy, healthy 2012.

My question for December is this….

I was just wondering, on occasion when your children were younger and they were with you on location sometimes (for your Bond movies or other movies), i would like to know if they enjoyed all the different countries they went to, and if so, do you have any fond recollections of traveling to locations with them?

Thank you very much for continuing to answer our questions, and for being an inspiration to all who meet you.

Best wishes as always
Noel

G’day Noel

Yes the family accompanied me whenever possible and practical. If I was just away for a week or two, then no they’d stay at home, but if I was away for some time like on The Sea Wolves and Octopussy – which were many weeks many thousands of miles away – they’d come out with their mother and be around throughout. We’d have a tutor and nanny to help out. My producers were always very kind and thoughtful in that respect.

We always had fun and on a rare day off I could take the family out on a drive to see some of the area around us. We were very lucky!

Back at the studio, we lives only 3 miles from Pinewood so I got to see them every day.


Question 2

Dear Mr. Moore,
Here’s a question I’ve had for 50 years:
I was a great fan of “The Alaskans” and you, Dorothy Provine and Jeff York.
(Sorry to hear you didn’t love the series.)
But for about the first half of the season, your viewers could expect a weekly
episode where one of the 3 of you were the main player, and
then all 3 of you showed up at the end of the show. Once in awhile you all
3 were in a whole episode. At some point roughly half way through the series,
Jeff York stopped appearing at all…..and he never re-appeared. I looked
for news items to see if he had become ill, quit or was fired, but I never could
find an answer. (Perhaps it’s in your biography, which I do intend on reading.)
But could you answer: what happened to Jeff York for the 2nd half of “The Alaskans” series?
Thank you very much, Charles Judge

Hi Charles

That’s an interesting question, to which I really don’t know the answer. We were all under contract to Warners and consequently could be moved around from show to show, or film to film, all the time. I remember Jeff being around but I don’t recall there being any big news about him being ill or anything like that. To be honest it wasn’t the happiest part of my career, so I guess I’ve blanked it out a little!

Question 3

Dear Sir Roger,

I was watching a film with you and the late Elizabeth Taylor the other day, I can’t remember what it’s called, but I know it was your first Hollywood appearance. I was thinking how Liz Taylor is one of the greatest actresses tof the 50’s and 60’s and beyond. I know you worked with some other very famous faces, but never Marilyn Monroe Which is a shame. But out of all the people you’ve acted alongside or worked with, who are your favourites and why?

Hi

I don’t really like naming favourites, but will say in my early career the person who did the most to help me as a co-star was Eleanor Parker in a film called Interrupted Melody. So was so generous and giving in her performance, and taught me so much. She’d be quick to say – when the director described how he’d shoot a scene – “Roger why don’t you stand here, as you’ll look better at that angle” and things like that. I’ll never forget her kindness.

Question 4

Sir Roger,

I enjoyed watching you in “A Princess for Christmas”. You did a very good job evolving from a bitter person to a gentle human being, in the movie. You have always shown good range in your performances. I guess many associate you with providing light touches and humor to your roles. But when you have had the opportunity to be real serious (reminding Barbara Bach’s character in “The Spy Who Loved Me” about the dangers of the spy business and your talk from your jail cell to Van Damme’s character in “The Quest”), you have delivered very well.

What a treat it was to see the beautiful Lady Kristina in the holiday movie. She also handled her part in an excellent way. My questions are as follows:
1. Did it take a lot of persuasion to convince Lady Kristina to participate in that movie?
2. What were your thoughts of the actor who played your son, Sam Heughan? Do you think he might be a credible candidate to play Bond, in the future, when Daniel Craig eventually turns in his license to kill?

Thank you,

Ellis

Hello Ellis

Well they asked my wife and she said “how much?”.

No! I jest. Kristina was around throughout the shoot, as we were on location in Bulgaria together, and although she’d never admit it, it can get a little boring being on a film set as things take a long time to set up and there’s nothing to do but wait. So the producer Brad Krevoy – who also had his wife and daughter in scenes – suggested Kristina might like to be in the ball scenes, with a lovely dress. Kristina loves dancing and loves the opportunity to dress elegantly, so she jumped at the chance. It meant she had something to do other than sit in the background watching an old English actor.

She didn’t expect any close ups, but I know the director sneaked a couple in of her.

The whole cast were lovely. Sam is a fine young actor who I’d not met before, and he impressed me greatly.

The young Leila was terrific too – reminding me of a young Jodie Foster in Candleshoe. In fact, I later discovered her grandmother was a great friend and neighbour of my dear producing partner Bob Baker. Small world eh?

Question 5

Dear Sir Roger!

In My word is my Bond you described the studios in Hollywood and how things was when you first came there. Since then, things has changed a bit. What would you say is the best and the worst things that the changes has brought to the film industry?

I would also like to ask you what the status is with Connamarra days? Will the production start this year?

I hope you and your family will have a great Christmas, now with yet another Moore. Is newborn Max looking like his father or mother?

Take care!

Kind regards,

Hello

Well everybody says Hollywood has changed. It has.

Once upon a time showmen ran the business. They were big men who made big movies.

Now it’s more to do with figures and bottom lines in budgets than anything else. Creative freedom is not what it was. But then again I guess budgets are so vast now that it creates a nervous financial atmosphere and everyone wants a say how their money is spent.

As for Connemara, oh we are trying so hard. We were very close 18 months ago in closing the finances, but didn’t quite get there in time. Then elements fell out. It’s a tough old business and even with a good script and cast, it’s very difficult to get financed these days. We really hope to get it going in 2012.


Question 6

Hi dear Sir Roger,

I am a big fan of yours since my childhood. I have watched your every film and TV series. In my opinion you have the caliber,charm and sophistication equivalent to Cary Grant.
I have seen pics of you and Cary Grant. Have you talked to him.What do you think about him?

Hi

Well Cary was a good friend of mine, and later a business partner in Faberge. I never worked with him on a film but did try, when Iwas a big cheese at Brut Films (part of Faberge) to get him involved in acting again but he simply didn’t want to. He’d retired and that was that, he said.

Cary was a hugely fun person to be around. His slightly childish sense of humour matched my own and he had a very good head for business.