I was very saddened to hear about Guy. He was a terrific director who learned his craft at the side of cinema greats such as Alexander Korda, Carol Reed and John Huston. The style and pace he brought to Bond was terrific, and he certainly helped ease this actor into the role.
Far more interesting though was Guy’s wartime record. His life could have inspired James Bond as he was a true hero – once behind enemy lines, stranded, in France with German soldiers everywhere he threw himself into his best French (he was born in Paris, so spoke it well) and blended in with some villagers for a night. Had he been caught he’d have been shot as a spy.
Q2 Hello Sir Roger I hope you are well. I would like to ask if you would ever consider a minor role in the next Bond film if it was offered to you.
I’d be partial to playing anything that involves sitting down with only a few lines of dialogue. I’d obviously need a double for action scenes – such as getting out of the chair – but am quite prepared to do all my own love scenes if that helps swing it?
Q 3 Andrew Terry Sir Roger, where did you learn to speak Italian so fluently? As an interpreter in the Royal Navy myself, I know how hard it is to learn a foreign to such a high standard. Just when I thought I couldn’t think of another reason why you’re my favourite Bond!
Quite simply – I married an Italian.
Curiously I seemed to learn all the swear words first. Mind you I’m sure that’s the same in taking on any new language?!
Brad Warren Did you ever get to stay at David Niven’s place on the Mediterranean? It looks wonderful. What would be a typical outing with him?
Yes, Niv was a most wonderful host. I remember many happy days in Cap Ferrat at his house, and his huge swimming pool.
He would tell the most wonderful and funny stories over dinner – and you knew half of them weren’t true! He’d happily embellish stories to make them fantastical in the extreme, or even ‘borrow’ other people’s stories and say it happened to him. He did it with such charm and panache that you couldn’t help but love him.
Q 5 Sir Roger Paul Fewings
Please could you tell me have you read a Leslie Charteris book or an Ian Fleming book.
Hope your enjoying the holiday season Sir.
Of course! I read lots of them before and during the series. I got to know the character well, and how Charteris envisioned him. When they made the movies in the 1990s I didn’t have anything to do with the script but knew they hadn’t captured Templar as Charteris wrote him … and a while after the film had been released I saw Val Kilmer. He admitted to reading the books only after filming had ended and said “we really screwed it up didn’t we?”.
Q 6 Dennis J Hardin Hi, Sir Roger. Hope you are well. I was wondering if you enjoyed making Bullseye with Michael Caine, and what your recollections are from that film? I loved the disguises and the rapport the two of you had. Fun film.
What wasn’t to enjoy – my oldest mate co-starring and another great mate directing (Michael Winner). Plus we were paid. I think it’s fair to say we probably had more fun making it than people did watching it.
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