Sir Roger : needing new knees !

When were you happiest?

Now, with my wife Kristina, our children and grandchildren. We have a lovely life.

What is your greatest fear?

Walking on stage and not being able to remember a single line.

What is your earliest memory?

Christmas Eve, lying in bed and seeing my parents arrange my stocking.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

My modesty.

What is the trait you most deplore in others?


What was your most embarrassing moment?

At the press conference announcing The Saint, Lew Grade proclaimed a “great series of one-hour shows”. I’d agreed the fee on the basis it was 30 minutes and not 60. Oops.

Property aside, what’s the most expensive thing you’ve bought?

A Rolls-Royce in the mid-70s.

What is your most treasured possession?

My pacemaker.

What would your super power be?

Being able to get out of a chair without clicking knees or an aching back.

What is your favourite smell?

Baked beans on toast.

If you could bring something extinct back to life, what would you choose?

Nice, caring film producers.

What is the worst thing anyone’s said to you?

“My grandma is your biggest fan.”

What does love feel like?

Rather lovely.

Have you ever said “I love you” and not meant it?

Only to my bank manager.

Which living person do you most despise, and why?

Mugabe – he’s a monster.

Who would you invite to your dream dinner party?

My wife, my mother and father, David Niven, Greg Peck, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr.

If you could go back in time, where would you go?

To childhood, to be with Mum and Dad and eat her steak and kidney pie.

Which word do you most overuse?


What has been your biggest disappointment?

Not winning the £160m EuroMillions.

How do you relax?

I swim, walk, read and watch movies.

How often do you have sex?

I forget.

What is the closest you’ve come to death?

There have been a few occasions, what with prostate cancer and heart arrhythmias. I’m very lucky.

What single thing would improve the quality of your life?

New knees.

What is your greatest achievement?

My 20-year involvement with Unicef.

What keeps you awake at night?


What song would you like played at your funeral?

Smoke Gets In Your Eyes.

How would you like to be remembered?

As the oldest living human being.

What is the most important lesson life has taught you?

To be grateful.

Q &A by Rosanna Greenstreet –, Friday 23 September 2011.