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          1. A person whose profession is acting on the stage, in movies, or on television.
          2. A person who behaves in a way that is not genuine.

        I've always thought Roger George Moore as being the most underrated actor in British cinema. Like few others he makes it look ridiculously easy and that is no mean feat. Self-deprecating, he gets in the criticism before others do, and boy the critics have got in there with their sledgehammers over the years. But why? The fundamental element of screen presence is to be watchable. Moore is that and more (no pun intended). He has that star quality that puts him on a par with Caine and Connery.

          For me personally, no-one comes close to Moore as James Bond. His one-liners are now legendary and they are delivered with perfect timing.

        It is Moore that turned Bond into the suave, womanizing icon we now love. He got the balance perfectly right between action and humour. It is his genius of acting that make his Bond films of the Seventies and early Eighties get better with age like wine.

        In other countries he would be afforded the respect which his long career warrants. Instead we get the mean-spirited critics with their acting-by-eyebrows jokes. But as the last of the holy trilogy (Caine, Connery) of British actors with global fame to be knighted, a re-evaluation of his work is long overdue.

        Personally, with all the beautiful women he has made love to both on and off screen I'm hoping I come back as his fingerprints.

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        Recommended Reading: Sir Roger Moore - My Word is My Bond: The Autobiography

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          "I enjoy being a highly overpaid actor."
            - ROGER MOORE



        {Date of Birth}

          14 October 1927, Stockwell, London, England, UK UK


          6' 1"


          Doorn Van Steyn (1946-53)
          Dorothy Squires (1953-68)
          Luisa Mattioli (1969-96), 3 children including Deborah Moore
          Christina 'Kiki' Tholstrup (2002-present)


          Knighted in the Queen's Birthday Honours, June 2003. Compared to his generation of actors with similar global fame his was well overdue


          Lives in Monte Carlo and Switzerland



        He was born in Stockwell, London, in 1927 to policeman George Moore and his wife, Lillian Pope. As a youth, he attended Dr Challoner's Grammar School in Amersham, Buckinghamshire. During WW II, he served in the British Army. Although his original goal was to become an artist – he worked as a draftsman for a time – all that was forgotten when, after landing extra work in British feature films, he caught the acting bug. He briefly attended the famed Royal Academy of the Dramatic Arts, where he fine-tuned his thespian skills.

          I must admit that I was in total awe of Stewart Granger. He was my idol.
          ROGER MOORE

        Moore’s career began with a series of uncredited and other minor roles in the UK; among them Caesar and Cleopatra (1945) and Perfect Strangers (1945). His earliest known television appearance, at a time when the BBC was the only channel, was in May of 1950, in Drawing Room Detective, a one-off program which invited viewers at home to spot clues to a crime during a playlet, whose actors included Moore.

        Pursuing his dreams to Hollywood, Moore moved to the United States in 1953, where he became a contract player at MGM, and began to work steadily in films; albeit all mostly forgettable, including the Lana Turner vehicle, Diane (1956), Interrupted Melody (1955) and The Last Time I Saw Paris (1954). The handsome actor also found work as a male model for a time, appearing in print advertisements for as wide a range of products as toothpaste and knitwear – something which many critics would later use as typifying his lightweight credentials as an actor.

        Like many actors of the 1950s, he started working seriously in the more promising medium of television, landing roles on shows such as Ivanhoe (1958-59), in which he portrayed Sir Wilfred of Ivanhoe and The Alaskans (ABC, 1959-1960), in which he played fast-talking swindler Silky Harris, before receiving his first big break in 1960 on Maverick (ABC, 1957-1962). When James Garner left the hit western series, Moore stepped in for a season (1960-61) as Bret Maverick's cousin Beau.

          I never liked guns, I hate them, I always blink before they go off.
          ROGER MOORE

        The following year bore still more (televised) fruit for Moore, when he returned to the UK after Lew Grade cast him as Simon Templar in a new adaptation of The Saint novels by Leslie Charteris on the hit program, The Saint (ITV, 1962-69). Although the role made him an international star (and some said it set the stage for his later work as James Bond), it received a lukewarm reception in the U.S. Fortunately, Moore would also go on to direct several episodes of the later series, which moved into color in 1967. The Saint ran for seven years and 118 episodes, making it (with The Avengers) the longest-running series of its kind on British television. Despite this success, Moore grew increasingly tired of the role, and was keen to branch out. The Saint showcased Moore’s sly wit and charm, as did his role as a wealthy playboy on The Persuaders! (ITV, 1971-72) – the show that he co-starred on after returning to television following several movie roles. Those experiences either hinted at or helped him develop the mischievous grin and light-hearted cocked eyebrow that eventually endeared him to many Bond fans – but also infuriated others.

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        Recommended Viewing: The Wild Geese: Special Edition [1978] [UK DVD]



        There were many legendary stories as to when Moore's name was first dropped as a possible candidate for the role of James Bond. Some sources, specifically Albert R. Broccoli from his autobiography When The Snow Melts, claimed that Moore was considered for Dr. No, (1962) and that he was Ian Fleming's favorite for the role after apparently having seen Moore as Simon Templar in The Saint; however, this story was often debunked by Bond-film historians, who pointed to the fact that the series did not begin airing in the United Kingdom until October of 1962 - only one day before the premiere of Dr. No.. Publicly, Moore was not linked to the role of 007 until 1967, when Harry Saltzman claimed Moore would make a good Bond, but also displayed misgivings due to his popularity as Simon Templar. When Connery declined to reprise the role after Diamonds Are Forever (1971), Moore, already 46 years old and three years older than Connery, took over the reins in Live and Let Die (1973). Although its domestic box office was less than that of Diamonds Are Forever (1971), Live and Let Die topped the worldwide gross of Diamonds.

          Of course I do not regret the Bond days, I regret that sadly heroes in general are depicted with guns in their hands, and to tell the truth I have always hated guns and what they represent.
          ROGER MOORE

        The character of James Bond came into its own. Moore played it with sublime humour and the now legendary wisecracks. The multi-million pound franchise that is today's James Bond was almost entirely built on the foundations that Moore lay.

        The actor appeared in the next six Bond (and easily some of the best Bond movies ever) films – including The Man with the Golden Gun (1974), The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), Moonraker (1979), For Your Eyes Only (1981), Octopussy (1983), and the final offering, A View to a Kill (1985). For an actor tied to such an iconic character, however, Moore seemed relatively comfortable taking on other film roles (although for a former television star, his interest in the small screen seemed to have all but dissipated). The madcap misstep that was Cannonball Run (1981) was perhaps the most notable example of films throughout his decade tenure as Bond that included The Sea Wolves (1980) and Curse of the Pink Panther (1983).

        Recommended Viewing: James Bond Ultimate Roger Moore [DVD] [1973] @ AMAZON.CO.UK

        Though his work generally featured some combination of action/adventure and/or some comedy; he rarely worked in pure drama. In the twilight years of his career, however, he accepted a number of roles in highly forgettable “pure comedies” including Spice World (1997) and Boat Trip (2002). His most high profile turn was as the roguish villain in Jean-Claude Van Damme's The Quest (1996). He also added voiceover work to his repertoire, including a role in the 1997 film remake of The Saint, starring Val Kilmer. He also voiced animated characters in The Fly Who Loved Me (2004), in Here Comes Peter Cottontail: The Movie (2005) and Agent Crush, another spy-related film.

        In 1991, Moore became a UNICEF ambassador, and eventually (in 2003) became a Commander of the British Realm and a Knight Commander of the British Empire for his work with the charity. He also worked with the anti-animal cruelty charity PETA.

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