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My Word is My Bond

3.55  ·  Rating Details ·  1,029 Ratings  ·  135 Reviews
One of the most recognizable big-screen stars of the past half-century, Sir Roger Moore played the role of James Bond longer than any other actor. Beginning with the classic Live and Let Die, running through Moonraker and A View to a Kill, Moore brought his finely honed wit and wry charm to one of Hollywood's most beloved and long-lasting characters. Still, James Bond was ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published November 4th 2008 by It Books (first published October 2nd 2008)
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Ashok Banker
Sep 26, 2011 Ashok Banker rated it really liked it
This book is exactly like Roger Moore's onscreen persona - kind, gentle, witty, naughty...and just a tad bitchy at times (well, forthright, if you prefer). It reads like he dictated the whole thing to someone (a ghost-writer quite likely) and then later went over and edited and rewrote bits.

And it's all the better for it! Because this is not one of those star biographies posing as the 'real truth' about so-and-so or claiming to be a serious piece of non-fiction. It's his story, in his words, in
Nicola Mansfield
Feb 04, 2010 Nicola Mansfield rated it liked it
Reason for Reading: Roger Moore is the Bond I grew up with, the one I went to the movies to see as a teenager.

Comments: Right from the introduction Mr. Moore states that he will not be 'dirt-dishing' nor telling 'tittle tattle'; he wants to write a fun book filled with memories the way he saw them and the wonderful people he met in his life but he promises that does not mean it will be a 'fluffy book' either. Roger Moore lives up to this statement giving the reader a very enjoyable look inside h
Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
Jan 29, 2015 Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all) rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoirs, showbiz
When I began using an ebook reader about two and a half years ago, my reading life changed dramatically. I had been one of those who said it would never replace paper--and it won't. But when you live as I do in a place where printed books in English are astronomically expensive, even second-hand, with a climate that destroys paperbacks no matter how you try to preserve them, and you read like other people breathe, they are definitely the answer. However I discovered that like a child let loose ...more
Jack Lugo
Aug 23, 2016 Jack Lugo rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
Roger Moore's 2008 memoir is a must read if you enjoy his films. Moore has often been described as a raconteur and this book lives up to that expectation. As a reader you feel like you're seated with him at your favorite restaurant sipping wine as he relates colorful anecdotes of his long storied career as well as his early childhood. Born in Stockwell, his childhood was plagued by illness and having to evacuate his home town to live in Devon while the threat of bombing raids loomed over London. ...more
Elisha Condie
Feb 14, 2009 Elisha Condie rated it liked it
I liked this book, but didn't love it. I would only recommend it to someone who already likes Moore - I liked his James Bond a lot and when I saw this book at the library I picked it up.

Moore is funny and his writing is mostly fun to read. He does, however, have a sincere love of of all potty humor/crotch related jokes. That wore a bit thin for me, and he freely admits that he's a schoolboy in the humor department. I liked the way Moore is free with his compliments, always describing people he
Jul 28, 2015 Diane rated it it was amazing
Shelves: true-stories
A funny, charming, and surprisingly down to earth memoir by one of my favorite actors. Roger Moore tells of his happy childhood, his discovery of his love for acting ("Mum! Mum! I'm going to be Stewart Granger!"), and his long apprenticeship. He did not become an immediate star. It was many years of starring in repertory - derailed temporarily by a stint in national service - before breaking into TV and the movies. He kept his sense of humor all the while and managed to enjoy himself despite ...more
May 16, 2016 Nancy rated it it was ok
Of course I didn't read this in one day...but forgot to update my status here on Goodreads. I bought a Kindle version of this book for $.99 and it was worth that, at least. Not badly written, some interesting information, especially about Mr. Moore's charity passion, UNICEF...but much repetitive style recountings of his movies and television projects. He does have some witty stories and tells them quite well, but I was starting to lag in my interest towards the last third of the book.
Jul 13, 2015 Graham rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A delightful autobiography from Bond actor Roger Moore, this book ably puts across the movie star's own distinctive brand of self-deprecation, wit, and wry humour. It's a very quick read too, skirting quickly from Moore's pre-war childhood in London to his antics in the war years and his gradual move into acting in the late '40s. Seeing his career develop from TV in the 1950s to world-wide super-stardom in the 1970s makes for a thoroughly engaging read.

Be warned: Moore is a fan of lowbrow humour
Jan 18, 2015 Nicola rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dieser Mann ist einer der ganz wenigen Schauspieler, die auch noch interessante - und dabei amüsante - Autobiographien schreiben. Bisher habe ich "Bond on Bond" und eben dieses Buch gelesen... und beide Bücher gleichermaßen genossen. Im Grunde genommen präsentiert sich Moore in den Büchern so, wie es sich Fans von ihm sicherlich erhoffen: mit einer gewissen Selbstironie, aber dennoch im Zweifel mit dem gebührenden Ernst, warmherzig und eloquent. Schön finde ich, dass er seine Autobiographie ...more
Sep 07, 2011 Elizabeth rated it liked it
My fascination with the show, The Saint, which stars Roger Moore (and is currently running on RTE) brought me to this book. Roger's acting ability is debatable (even he admits that). What I always enjoy about this type of book is the name dropping and the anecdotes. It is fascinating! It is really fun because he knows he is truly dashing and stylish yet he has his foibles--Alleluia!--he has always struggled with his weight. The best chapter for me, as far as content, was the final one in which ...more
Oct 23, 2015 Mike rated it liked it
Roger Moore is a likeable, charming and engaging host - the stuff about his early years, how he broke into the industry and of course playing Bond, it's all here though there perhaps isn't quite enough of it. I wanted to read more about his time as a struggling young actor. What his writing his best known for - his fishwife gossip about fellow actors - is present in abundance, and it is of course gold - who would know that Cary Grant was such a toilet humourist? Unfortunately the book does ...more
Jul 25, 2014 Loretta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nach dieser Lektüre mag ich olle Roger Moore noch mehr, als das eh schon der Fall war. Gentleman durch und durch, selbst beim (selten vorkommenden) Verteilen kleiner Spitzen gegen Hollywoodpersonal, das bei ihm auf Lebenszeit verschissen hat. Statt reichlich schmutziger Wäsche aus der Filmwelt und drei gescheiterten Ehen bekommt man eine Fülle an Anekdoten aus einem langen und erfolgreichen Schauspielerleben, amüsant erzählt und den dringenden Wunsch weckend, mit Roger mal auf ein Gläschen Wein ...more
Mar 20, 2013 Steve rated it really liked it
Roger Moore's autobiography is a nice read. It's not a tell all. Moore has showbiz anecdotes and does name drop on the people he's met and worked with throughout his career. It could easily have been the story of struggling British actor makes good with "The Saint", "The Persuaders" and finally his role as one of the James Bonds, but what really makes this a standout read is how he was recruited to work with UNICEF by Audrey Hepburn and became their Goodwill Ambassador and traveled all over the ...more
Lee Goldberg
Apr 18, 2010 Lee Goldberg rated it liked it
Moore's good humor and engaging personality comes through on every page of his memoir. Although the book is a fairly superficial skimming of his life and career, there's still plenty of amusing anecdotes and production details for die-hard MAVERICK, SAINT, PERSUADERS and Bond fans (the stories about THE PERSUADERS are particularly entertaining). But readers looking for scandalous details about his love life, or those of other Hollywood personalities, will be disappointed. Overall, it's a fast, ...more
Roger Perales
Aug 09, 2009 Roger Perales rated it did not like it
Shelves: biography, 2009
Everyone has their favorite James Bond. The one I grew up with was Roger Moore and his movies really stand out for me, mostly because his portrayal of James Bond was less brutal and more cheeky. I was really hoping for some great behind-the-scene stories from some of my favorite movies, but Moore is such a poor writer and he gave too many unimportant details that made it really difficult to read. There were some interesting stories in there but he just couldn't describe them.
Aug 03, 2012 Johan rated it it was ok
David Niven remains the touchstone for autobiographies by actprs.
Terry Collins
Dec 03, 2016 Terry Collins rated it liked it
Moore is as self-deprecating a biographer as you'll ever encounter from the world of show-biz, with a steamer trunk filled with amusing anecdotes about his long career as an actor. However, his world of privilege from the sixties onward can become tiresome as the book grinds on (so many fabulous Hollywood Friends and Amazing Mansions, so little time). Also, he apparently ran short on the word count the contract required since he pads the last fifty pages with a series of brief tales of his ...more
Nov 13, 2016 Nicholas rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: james-bond, e-book
A very pleasant read, although not one that contains any particularly salacious or notable stories. The book is written in a very conversational tone and it's impossible to not hear Moore's voice as you read along. Moore's biting wit shines through on nearly every page, neatly inserting quick jabs between glowing platitudes and fond remembrances. Overall, a quick, easy celebrity autobiography that will make you feel warm and fuzzy about Moore's long career, but not really provide much insight ...more
Nov 07, 2016 John rated it it was amazing
An enjoyable read from one of the few men who will always be synonymous with James Bond. Moore's book chronicles his life and career in great detail but never drags. Moore is always funny and shares countless asides and memories of some of his famous friends, including fellow Bonds David Niven and Sean Connery. It's exactly what you'd want a memoir written by Roger Moore to be.
Nov 17, 2016 Ian rated it liked it
Shelves: autobiography
An amusing, but not overly deep dive into Moore's long career. Though every stage of his career is covered there are no insights, no discussion of his acting, no real insight's into the man. A little disappointing.
Day Rusk
Feb 28, 2016 Day Rusk rated it really liked it
I was first introduced to the world of James Bond through the films of Roger Moore. Possibly, back in the day before home video, Moore’s Bond films were in higher rotation on TV than Sean Connery’s. Of course, back at that time, long before other Bonds appeared (George Lazenby was never a contender for favorite Bond), the debate was always, ‘Who was the better Bond, Sean Connery or Roger Moore?’ I know most purest like to claim the title for Connery (who is excellent in the role), but, for me, ...more
Aug 22, 2013 Bookworm rated it liked it
The Saint, Bond, UNICEF ambassador. I would have thought all of this would have made a very interesting reading of the life of Roger Moore. Unfortunately, not so much.

The book mostly proceeds in chronological order as Moore talks about his beginnings, his stage work, The Saint, Bond, his work with UNICEF and his later life/medical conditions. I really wanted to like the book better, and mostly anticipated his time as Bond. But there wasn't much--he tended not talk about his co-stars very much. I
Travis McClain
Jan 22, 2011 Travis McClain rated it really liked it
Sir Roger Moore, perhaps best known as one of the assorted James Bonds, turns in a rather self-deprecating account of his life. Along the way from birth till publication, Moore tells of various hospitalizations, his professional growth from a clothing ad model to one of the most recognizable actors in the entire world, a handful of marriages and a spattering of colorful anecdotes of friends and colleagues along the way. Fans of Moore's aren't terribly likely to learn a lot of revelatory ...more
Matthew Kresal
Nov 21, 2011 Matthew Kresal rated it really liked it
As a Bond fan I was very intrigued to see that Roger Moore had taken the time to write his memoirs. Considering the eighty years that Moore has lived and all the various projects he's done it seemed a bit daunting. Yet Moore brings his characteristic wit to the page for a highly enjoyable memoir.

Moore is famous for his wit and this book is full of it. It's there right in the subtitle of the first chapter: "I was an only child. You see, they achieved perfection first time round." From there Moor
I was a James Bond movie watcher because my dad loved the books and the movies. He made us watch them as we were growing up and I enjoyed most of them even though sometimes they could get a little farfetched and campy. Roger Moore was the only James Bond for me until Daniel Craig has taken over the role. So I was really interested in what else Mr. Moore had accomplished. I was delighted to see how he was involved with the TV's The Saint and UNICEF. I had only seen the movie with Val Kilmer and ...more
One of the most recognizable big-screen stars of the past half-century, Sir Roger Moore played the role of James Bond longer than any other actor. Beginning with the classic Live and Let Die, running through Moonraker and A View to a Kill, Moore brought his finely honed wit and wry charm to one of Hollywood's most beloved and long-lasting characters. Still, James Bond was only one in a lifetime of roles stretching back to Hollywood's studio era, and encompassing stardom in theater and te
James Perkins
Jan 29, 2012 James Perkins rated it liked it
This book is a nostalgic look at the man most remembered for his portrayal of secret agent James Bond 007 in the 1970s and 80s. Autobiography is often touch-and-go, and his style and structure both show that he is clearly not a professional writer. However, now well into his eighties, Mr Moore has a truly astounding memory, demonstrated as he recounts an almost endless stream of amusing anecdotes from decades past. Ever the polite English gentleman, he is very guarded when talking about people ...more
William Clay
In hindsight, a lot of the more memorable anecdotes in this book are basically Sir Roger just recounting stories that someone else told him. But that's still ok. Roger has a good voice and that makes reading his words quite a pleasant experience overall.
The middle 50% or so of the book - after he's started acting but before he appears in "the persuaders" is quite drawn out. You'd really want to be into that era of cinema as he name drops like rainman going through a phone book. It's a bit boring
Christine Blachford
Oct 14, 2015 Christine Blachford rated it liked it
On a whim, I started watching the entire series of Bond movies starting from the beginning and working through each iteration. Somewhere along the way, I realised I had the Roger Moore autobiography, but I didn't want to read it until I'd finished watching his 007 outings. With that achieved, I dived in.

It's quite a nice, gentle memoir - a trip down memory lane from the (frankly too early) childhood memories, to the more recent UNICEF adventures. There's plenty of detail about each of the films
Kathleen Dixon
My son gave me this book for Christmas last year - he and my daughter both know that Roger Moore is my all-time favourite Bond. I was talking to a friend the other day and she has only ever seen 2 or 3 Bond movies !!! - obviously not her thing, but I love them. I love the adventure, I love the contraptions, I love the humour (I think the parts I laugh at are meant to be funny), I love the explosions, I even love the dreadful sexism (and that's okay, because I hate it in real life just as much as ...more
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