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My Word is My Bond

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  1,980 ratings  ·  211 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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Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: film
The best thing about Roger Moore's James Bond was his sense of humour,the best thing about this book is that it made me laugh on numerous occasions.

In the beginning,he mentions that he had already written most of this book,when the manuscript was lost,and he had to write it all over again.Who knows,that first draft might have been even better.

He talks about his humble origins,surviving German bombing in World War II and early struggles as an actor.There are several behind the scenes stories from
Oct 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography, cinema
Being a Roger Moore fan he delivers an autobiography that is true to himself. He remains a gentleman and when he doesn't have nice words to say he rather says nothing (while the reader gets to detect his real feelings he never is really negative about any person in this book . This is something he does state in the beginning, it is not an autobiography that is out to be negative about other people).

It is a charming book that covers most of his life and the man, he does deliver it in a charming a
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
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
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
Rebecca M.
Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I read a good bit of this book at work. I would sit at my office desk--as I like to do, especially on cold days--and read while I took my lunch break, scarfing down my food so I could spend more time with the book. On more than one occasion, someone came to my office door and looked at me like I'd lost my mind because I'd burst out laughing for no apparent reason. Thanks for that, Rog!

This book was a very fun read, chock-full of interesting stories and witty humor. It's written in such a way th
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
My Word is My Bond (2008) is a very enjoyable trawl through Roger Moore's life and times.

I grew up with The Saint, The Persuaders and, of course, his tenure as James Bond. He was always my favourite Bond, and Live and Let Die is my favourite Bond film.

In addition to his work in film and televison he has worked for many years with UNICEF, a part of his life that was completely new to me.

Roger Moore is amusing, self deprecating and has some good stories. Maybe four stars is a bit on the generous
Ming Wei
Dec 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Read this many years ago, excellent book, an indepth look into the life of one of the biggest TV stars of my lifetime, enjoyable book, got a different perspective to a idol of mine.
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
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
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
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. ...more
Jun 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Sir Roger Moore started to pen this memoir of his life in 1990s only to have it stolen in a robbery. He restarted in 2007 and the result is this 2008 book. He shares with the reader his personal struggles, professional sojourn and affairs of the heart. Early on, Moore recounts his physical health bouts in his youth and his personal beliefs. Moore states that he was 'an unspoilt, forthright, a down-to earth individual' and he shows that throughout his memoirs. From his early days acting in 'costu ...more
Gayle Noble
A look back at the life of Roger Moore, best known for playing The Saint and James Bond. From his early childhood through to his work with UNICEF later on, this is a more a look at his life's work, and although his wife (and ex-wives) and children are mentioned, it covers his career more than anything.

I was never the biggest Moore fan especially as Bond, I much preferred Timothy Dalton and Pierce Brosnan in the role. Moore does come across as a pretty decent guy, he's very candid about his willi
Whistlers Mom
Aug 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great stories, even if you're not a Bond fan.

I've never watched a James Bond movie in my life, nor have I ever seen an episode of the popular BBC series "The Saint." In fact, I've never seen Roger Moore on any screen - large or small. But he endeared himself to me years ago when an unimaginative interviewer asked him if he resented being "typecast" as James Bond. Moore said that he felt lucky to have played Bond and professed a great fondness for the character. "James Bond fed my children and cl
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
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
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
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
Lizabeth Tucker
Feb 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A hilarious and touching look back at the life of Roger Moore, an actor possibly known best for his roles on The Saint on television and the third James Bond in the movies. This is no scandal filled memoir, although Moore is honest about his own rowdy moments.

My first real exposure to Roger Moore was as Simon Templar, the Saint, when the series was aired in the United States. I found him charming and enjoyable to watch. There always seemed to be a twinkle in his eye and a sly smile that invited
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
Lisa Bennett
Aug 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: autobiography
A really good book. Very interesting, reading about this legend that is Roger Moore. I absolutely loved this book. He's a great actor, and a great author. His childish school-boy sense of humour doesn't mirror mine, so if he'd have pulled those stunts on me, i'd have hit him for it lol, but this book is a great read. The only boring thing about it for me, was when he went on about all the work he's done for UNICEF and where he's been raising money for them etc. That wasn't very interesting i'm s ...more
Daniel Kukwa
Dec 18, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
A witty, breezy, gossipy book that feels as if it were written while sitting in a large, leather chair, inside a swanky Mayfair gentleman's club. It's not the book for you if you're looking for in-depth info on the making of the Bond movies...but it IS a very pleasant, warm & delightful read, with some lovely details about growing up middle class in suburban London, pre-WW2. You won't regret reading it...but it does feel like going straight to the dessert course, and bypassing the main meal.

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
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
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. ...more
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. ...more
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
Jan 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Despite the title, and the cover, this isn’t really a James Bond-athon. It touches on all on Moore’s 007 films - the earlier ones more than the later, but I particularly like his notes on a stunt gone wrong in The Spy Who Loved Me and a controversial character beat in For Your Eyes Only (and the amazing “dry” scuba stuff in that film). But the Bond stuff is given no more attention that everything else in Moore’s acting career (or life). That’s ok, I guess, because it was noteworthy life, complet ...more
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