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My Word is My Bond

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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 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
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Nicola Mansfield
Feb 04, 2010 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
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Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
Jul 29, 2013 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 i ...more
Jack Lugo
Jul 27, 2016 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 10, 2009 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
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Lee Goldberg
Apr 18, 2010 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, i ...more
John
Aug 12, 2010 rated it it was ok
Very lightweight. More like a searilisation in the Daily Mail. Expected more but, right or wrong, if he doesn't have anything nice to say about someone he won't. Doesn't really display emotions as to his life(eg leaving his wife Luisa of many years and how he felt about it).
The hollywood / movie stories aren't too engaging. If you meet Sinatra then say a bit more.
Mentions David Niven a lot so on that note read his autobiographies. Very funny and informative.
Next step will be the Tony Curtis auto
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Nancy
May 16, 2016 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.
Graham
Jul 10, 2015 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
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Christine Blachford
Oct 14, 2015 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
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Nicola
Dec 06, 2014 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 nich ...more
Diane
Jan 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: entertainment
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 dif ...more
Elizabeth
Sep 07, 2011 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 A ...more
Mike
Oct 15, 2015 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 desce ...more
Frau Blücher
Jul 19, 2014 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
Steve
Feb 24, 2013 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
Roger Perales
Jun 03, 2009 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.
Nick Cato
Nov 15, 2008 rated it liked it
Although Moore is quite funny and entertaining here, I was hoping for more about his 007 years, especailly since the title of the book made it seem like it'd be more Bond-based. But I'd still recommend it, especially for Moore fans.
Johan
Aug 03, 2012 rated it it was ok
David Niven remains the touchstone for autobiographies by actprs.
Marthe Bijman
Nov 30, 2017 rated it liked it
You could be tempted to dismiss Roger Moore’s autobiography, My Word Is My Bond, as a bit of a joke, as light as his portrayal of “James Bond”. After he died, on May 23, 2017, at his home in Crans-Montana, Montana, Switzerland, I ordered his autobiography because so many people took the trouble to comment that he was a really decent human being. Others commented that he was the embodiment of the particular version of “James Bond" that he portrayed in seven James Bond films.

Moore recreated Bond
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Anupam Bansoodeb
My Word Is My Bond, is the autobiography of Sir Roger Moore, the actor who portrayed the quintessential suave spy James Bond 007 more times than any other actor so far.

The book starts by reminiscing about the humble beginnings of Sir Roger and his childhood health scares that ultimately plagued him throughout the vicissitudes of life.

A significant portion of the book is devoted to his time in The Saint, The Persuaders and of course, James Bond among other notable accomplishments. The reader is o
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Robyn
Kindle Daily Deal | Fairly dull, Moore was not a writer. | I had never had any reason to read this, but when Moore passed last week the Kindle version was put on steep discount, so I decided to give it a try. Had I paid more than a dollar, I'd have been irritated. It just wasn't very interesting, and it's very choppy. Short sentences making up short paragraphs that don't transition very well between each other. Worse, Moore seemed to have been pretty self-centered and oblivious. It doesn't seem ...more
Robert Lloyd
Jul 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful biography by a wonderful human being

Like the vast majority of people who read this book, I first was aware of Sir Roger Moore through exposure to the James Bond films. Being a die hard fan of the films, I decided to read more about the actor who appeared as Bond more than any other actor. I'm glad I did because I feel that in a way I got to know Roger in a wonderful way reading his life story. Sadly at the time of this writing he passed away two months ago. The more I read this book
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Jeff Dawson
Jun 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed learning about his early life and the typical struggles of young actors.

An interesting note was about the taxes that the exchequer, Dennis Healy passed. Bottom line, Roger was somewhat forced to leave he UK. Why? The taxes he would be levied while be a resident in the UK would have had him working for free. Sound familiar with the current political situation in the US. Tax the rich and they will do the obvious‒LEAVE!

I felt the end of the story was rushed and spent way too much time chr
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Jo Jackson
Jul 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
There is more to Roger Moore than 007 films (James Bond).
Before anda fire James Bond Roger Moore had a diverse career involving theatre, various small funded movies and voiceover work for a range of projects.
This book was leant to me by a friend, so I was happy to indulge in the reading of it, as I have been a long term fan of Roger Moore.
He certainly knew a wealth of people from a age in movies/ theatre that will probably never be repeated.
He wined and dined with the best of them but seems to h
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Susan Montelius
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
I enjoyed reading this book...I imagined throughout that Roger Moore himself was telling me his story...I read each of the words and heard them in his voice. He cuts no corners and doesn't make himself out to be an angel nor a victim of anything good and/or bad. When he's had regrets, he says so, when he's not been a good boy/man, he says so...I enjoyed that there was no sugar coating to anything. I also enjoyed that this was not a TMI (too much information) book like some I have read.
He tells
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Tom Schulte
Roger Moore died May 23, 2017 so it felt good to fit this in as my last completed read in 2017. I am not real fan of his acting or the Bond films; just a casual fan. I don't even know who my fave Bond portrayer is so I just enjoyed this as the octogenarian's career memoir that it is. It is very easy to read and very casual - salty and even crude at many points. It felt like opportunistically sitting next to him on a long transatlantic flight and getting a candid and jocular review of his many de ...more
Carla
Jun 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was a third of the way through this book when I heard the sad news that Roger Moore had died aged 89, which made the reading of the rest of the book so much more poignant.
The book is great fun with many stories from a long life and fascinating career, with all the people he encountered along the way. I suppose it was inevitable, but still sad as he talks of all the people now passed away, and for me all the people we've lost in the eight years since the book was written.
I have always loved Rog
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Deborah Gebhardt
Enjoyable interesting read by Roger Moore regarding his life. His life, from childhood, to acting , to his life as a UNICEF ambassador. He several times called out himself, to be a hypochondriac, in fact ending the book with that statement, following a list of his doctors. However, with the many health issues he had throughout his life, maybe he wasn't a hypochondriac, so much as being cautionary. And the long list, attests to his many homes and travels throughout the world. Thank you for your l ...more
Alan Toner
May 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
After hearing of the very sad death of Sir Roger Moore, aged 89, yesterday, I thought I'd just say a few words about his biography, My Word Is My Bond, which I read some time ago.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is, in fact, one of the best autobiographies I have ever read. I love all the little showbiz anecdotes Roger regales us with, plus of course his descriptions of his early life. his first acting parts etc. etc.

I would highly recommend this book to any Roger Moore fan.

RIP, Sir Roger. You
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