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13. June 2017 05:52
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People Magazine remembers Sir Roger Moore

13. June 2017 05:52 by m | 0 Comments

Another nice tribute, this time from People Magazine.

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Goodbye, Mr. Bond

ROGER MOORE 1927-2017


If Roger Moore was nervous stepping into James Bond’s shoes for the first time,he certainly didn’t show it. Instead, on the set of 1973’s Live And Let DieLive And Let Die, the debonair Englishman focused on helping Bond girl Jane Seymour get over her jitters. “He was very caring to me,” Seymour tells People. “I was 20 years old and terrified of the whole experience, and he teased me terribly, but at the same time he watched out for me.” When the two met up at a charity event last summer, theyspent a longtime reminiscing.“His memory was brilliant,” says Seymour, 66, adding thatMoore was “loving, funny, just Roger. He never lost that twinkle. He was always a gentleman.”

Moore, who died in Switzerland on May 23 at age 89 after a short battle with cancer, worked hard to create the dashing persona that served him well for 12 years as a seductive secret agent. While hispredecessor,SeanConnery,brought real menace to the part, Moore poked fun at his pretty-boy image and gave Bond audiences a license to laugh. But in one of his final interviews, he told Britain’s The Telegraph that he wasn’t naturally self-confident. “In my teens I was very insecure,” he said, “and so I invented Roger Moore.”

Photo: The Spy We Loved “I was not born with tremendous ambition,” said Moore (right, with Live And Let DieLive And Let Die’s Gloria Hendry and Jane Seymour).

That Roger Moore led a jet-setting life, onscreen and off. The son of a London cop worked as a model before finding fame as Simon Templar, a thief who stole from crooks, in the British TV showThe Saint. After Connery stepped down as 007, Moore starred in seven Bond films, keeping his tongue firmly planted in his cheek and an eyebrow quizzically arched. He never claimed to be much of an actor, joking that his “range has always been something between the two extremes of ‘raises left eyebrow’ and ‘raises right eyebrow.’”

‘Come on, it’s all a big joke! So most of the time I played it tongue in cheek’ —MOORE, ON HIS BOND MOVIES

Moore’s love life was nearly as colorful as his character’s. After an early marriage to actress and ice skater Doorn Van Steyn, he wed Welsh singer Dorothy Squires, who threw a brick through his window and sued him when he left her for his third wife, Italian actress Luisa Mattioli. He settled down happily with his fourth wife, Swedish socialite Kristina Tholstrup, whom he wed in 2002. In his later years he became a champion for children and was knighted for his work with UNICEF in 2003. After his death, his children with Mattioli—Deborah, Geoffrey and Christian— said their father considered his work with the organization his “greatest achievement.”

Photos: Becoming Bond 1. Moore in 1963. 2. On his breakout TV series The Saint. 3. On the set of Live And Let DieLive And Let Die in 1973.“He was an ordinary bloke, but he always looked divine,” recalls costar Madeline Smith. 4. With Maude Adams (left) and Britt Ekland in 1974’s The Man With The Golden GunThe Man With The Golden Gun. 5. With Grace Jones in 1985’s A View To A KillA View To A Kill. In her memoir she said he was intimidated by her: “Roger Moore was such a softie, although he did have incredibly hard legs and the stiffest hair.”

Famous friends fondly remember Moore’s wit. “We had an unusually long relationship . . . that was filled with jokes and laughter,” Connery said in a statement. Longtime manager Gareth Owens told People that Moore “was a sensitive soul underneath and always said that this idea of not taking himself too seriously was a self-defense mechanism” that kept him in good graces with fans and critics alike. “In theatrical terms, I’ve never had a part that demands much of me,”Moore told The New York Times in 1970. “The only way I’ve had to extend myself has been to carry on charming.” Nobody did it better.

To Sir with Love Moore and his family (from left, daughter Deborah, stepdaughter Christina, son Geoffrey and his wife, Loulou, and Moore’s wife, Kristina) celebrated his knighthood in 2003.

By Ale Russian with reporting by Phil Boucher and Julie Jordan

[Source: PEOPLE June 12, 2017. P. 93, 95  © Time Inc., 2017. All rights reserved.]

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