Sir Roger Q and A March 2017

Q 1

Phil Cowan  Sir Roger. Do you remember working on a magazine picture story for Woman magazine in the early fifties? That’s my grandmother who’s cakes you’re pinching! The picture was taken at her house in Heston, Middlesex where the story was set. It was called ‘We’re Getting Engaged at Christmas’cake

Blimey! Talk about a blast from the past. I did several bits of advertising work and modelling to supplement my meagre stage income. I don’t quite recall the location, but I’m so pleased you’ve shared that with me!

 

Q 2

Jason Maynard Hello Sir Roger Moore. If it would be ok I would like to know if you ever wonder what direction you would have taken your career if you never became bond and if life after bond is what you expected to be or do you wish you could have had a career without bond?

 

Hi Jason

 

I don’t think too much about “what might have been” for fear of depressing myself – I might still be a glorified extra holding a spear at Stratford! Bond is the most wonderful role for any actor – you work with the very best creative people, have the most adorable producers and are treated like royalty as you travel around the world. It also opened other doors to other films which I’m sure wouldn’t have been even slightly ajar without 007.

 

Q 3

Mike Jenner Dear Sir Roger – You directed a number of episodes of The Saint and a couple of The Persuaders so I was wondering if you had ever considered directing a movie and, if so, what would have interested you? I can imagine you would have loved to do a comedy.

 

A TV show hour, like the shows we made, took about 10 days to film/direct with another couple of weeks of editing and post-production. A film on the other hand can take a few months to shoot and then have 6 months of post-production, so you’re tied up for most of the year on just one project. I preferred to move quickly and get onto the next job, so TV suited me as a director and as I was reasonably busy as an actor, I didn’t want to lose out by being unavailable for a year

 

Q 4

Joe Petrovich Sir Roger, almost everyone has had a period in their lives where self-doubt could have changed the course of their lives for the worse. Was there ever a dark time that you overcame that you could share with us? Joe Petrovich

 

Hello Joe

Waiting for the phone to ring with an offer always makes actors worries and doubtful. It’s an occupational hazard! But I try not to worry too much…

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Rena Dear Sir Roger if you could be born again would you be happy to take all the same actions good or bad again in your second go at life?  Or would you wish to make a lot of changes ? Rena
from Greece

Hi Rena

Well without the bad experiences, you might not experience all the good things – they go arm in arm at times, so no I wouldn’t change anything.

 

Q 6

Taro Tojo Hello Sir Roger, here is a question from the biggest fan of yours in Japan. In your seven Bond films, were there any funny lines you spoke ad lib? Needles to say, the Bond films’ scripts are well written with a great sense of humor, but I do believe that sometimes unwritten and much funnier lines had come to your mind and you could not resist speaking them! Thanking for being my hero for 40 years since I saw ‘The Spy Who Loved Me’. My best wishes from Tokyo.

Hi Taro

Most of my ad libs were rude, so had to be cut.

One thing I added, which was not so much a line, was when in The Spy Who Loved Me the Lotus came out of the sea and I opened the window and held out a fish. The producer Cubby Broccoli wasn’t very happy about that idea as it was supposed to be a water tight car – so how could a fish get in? I said, “Cubby, that’s the magic of movies”

We ran it in the rushes, and it got a big laugh – so we left it in!

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