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One Lucky Bastard: Tales from Tinseltown

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  1,093 ratings  ·  108 reviews
In a career that spans over seven decades, Roger Moore has been at the very heart of Hollywood. Of course, he's an actor and has starred in films that have made him famous the world over; but he's also a tremendous prankster, joker and raconteur. Despite the fact that he is well known as one of the nicest guys in the business, on and off the screen he has always been up fo ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published October 1st 2018 by Lyons Press (first published June 5th 2014)
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Dec 19, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: film
With a Roger Moore book,a certain amount of laughs are guaranteed.

Previously I had read,"My Word is My Bond",and 'Bond on Bond:Reflections on Fifty Years of James Bond Films".Both were hugely enjoyable books.

Tales from Tinseltown,falls just a bit short by comparison.The laughs aren't quite as plentiful,and the humour is just a little crude.

There are plenty of anecdotes about such names as Frank Sinatara,Peter Sellers,Gregory Peck,Cubby Brocolli and Tony Curtis etc.

Roger Moore refers to himself a
Oct 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography, film
I will start by saying that I’m a huge fan of Sir Roger and his autobiography, “My Word Is My Bond”, is one of my all-time favourite reads so when I found out about this book, shortly after seeing him in “An Evening With…” last year, I pre-ordered it straight away. Subtitled “Tales From Tinseltown”, it does exactly what it says, with Sir Roger (assisted by Gareth Owen) relating anecdotes that have either happened to him, or that have happened to friends of his (and he has a lot of friends). Told ...more
Oct 14, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of old movie history
As an actor I have always enjoyed Sir Roger Moore in his various parts. His take on 007 for me is more enjoyable as the grumpy miser that currently holds the role who is more of a bruiser compared to the Rogers British gentleman. Rogers halo has always been pleasurable even if he never has been my favorite Saint. Rogers movie life is the center of this novel full of a large collection of anecdotes about the folks within the movie industry some better known than others. Rogers remembrance of so m ...more
Paul Alkazraji
A reasonably interesting collection of anecdotes. Those include, how Tony Curtis received a flat in Belgravia as part payment for his role in The Persuaders (nice work if you can get it), how Jack Watson took himself a little too seriously during the filming of The Wild Geese, and how Frank Sinatra payed off his friend Sammy Davis Junior’s Las Vegas gambling debts after he died. Roger Moore takes you into his confidence across years of working, mingling and socialising with the likes of Peter Se ...more
Tom Donaghey
Sep 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humour, biography
ONE LUCKY BASTARD, or perhaps LAST MAN STANDING as it may be known when the official edition is released, is the latest book of memoirs from Sir Roger Moore. He, like so many people, delights in telling tales about his working life and some of the people with which he has worked. Unlike you or me, Sir Roger has managed to know the majority of the most famous people in and around the international movie industry.
When you read this it might feel as if he is name-dropping on purpose, but he is ju
Jack Lugo
Sep 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Roger's 3rd book is heavily made up of a collection of show business anecdotes as opposed to his previous memoir, which was more or less his life story with many lively anecdotes sprinkled throughout. Many of the anecdotes are quite amusing although some are forgettable and all too brief. All in all it was a fun light read. Roger's wit and charm resonate throughout, and I would recommend it to anyone who has already enjoyed his memoir. A couple of the same stories are repeated but there's plenty ...more
Sep 05, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Audiobook, I only wished Sir Roger narrated it. An insight into that tennis shorts wearing, Southern France living jet-set lifestyle of 60s/70s movie stars. Seems like the lifestyles depicted on his 1972 tv show "The Persuaders"- where he and aging lothario Tony Curtis drive fast cars, throw money around, toss devastating bon mots, smoke cigars, eat caviars, and drink the best most appropriate boozes (while investigating, privately) - isn't too far off the mark. His stories on Curtis' clinging t ...more
Rob Thompson
I’m a huge fan of Sir Roger who not only enjoyed a lengthy and successful career in show business but has worked as a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF following on from him hanging up his PPK back in the mid 1980s. Its probably fair to say that he has become a popular and well respected national treasure as he ages gracefully.

When I grew up in the 1970s and 80s Moore was a huge star; in between making the Bond movies (which I grew up watching) he also made some excellent actions movies, specially
Barry Hammond
Roger Moore (The Saint, James Bond, etc.) pens a fairly light and breezy memoir since his last one, My Word Is My Bond, touching on entertaining stories about the actors, directors, and producers he's worked with and other celebrities he's known. There's plenty of stuff about producers Cubby Broccoli and Harry Saltzman (who was Canadian), the Bond producers, as well as David Niven, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Trevor Howard, Michael Caine, Michael Winner, Bryan Forbes, Rex Harrison, Rachel Robert ...more
Khairul Hezry
One Lucky Bastard (alternate title, "Last Man Standing" because the publisher was nervous about the word "Bastard"). This kind of celebrity memoirs I like. Nothing pretentious. No self aggrandizing. Just anecdotes of his time as a working actor. We can't be sure if they are all true (come on, how many biographies are 100% accurate anyway?) but it's perfect if you're looking for some light reading. Moore name drops just about everyone except, for some reason, Sean Connery whom he referred to as " ...more
Jan 05, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Silly old gossip - from a silly old gossip.
Meredith VanOordt
If you love Hollywood tales and name-dropping, this is the book for you! Well done!
Aug 31, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: film-television, 007
As much as I like Roger Moore, I can't think of a good reason for this book to exist. During his eighth decade of life, with very few acting roles coming his way, Moore turned to writing books. His first two efforts--an autobiography and a book on the James Bond series--were sensible choices that gave fans exactly the sort of thing they wanted and expected from an ex-007. ONE LUCKY BASTARD, however, feels like a book no one asked for. A book written mainly to keep an 86-year-old man occupied whi ...more
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
As a Bond fan, I picked this up on a whim from the public library and read it as a diverting palate-cleanser after picking myself out of the overly cerebral (in a bad way) mire of Children of Dune. I have them the same rating, but for different reasons. In the case of the late Sir Roger, my two-star rating isn't because it wasn't enjoyable, but just for its thinness. I suppose if I had read any of his previous (also certainly ghostwritten) memoirs it might have been higher because I might have h ...more
May 31, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I picked this one up on a whim at the library, looking for some tidbits of Moore's many days as James Bond. This is not the book for that. I guess his three previous books covered Bond in great detail. This one, written when he was in his late 80s, is a weak effort, collecting numerous anecdotes of colleagues in the film industry. It's loaded with gossip, some of it passed down secondhand or even third-hand, which makes you wonder about the accuracy of some of the stories. Moore's life in show b ...more
Bill Lindsay
A long time ago, I read a very good autobiography by David Niven, "The Moon is a Balloon". I thought this would be like it, the story of Roger Moore; but it isn't.
This is a series of loosely connected vignettes, reminiscences of events in his life or stories people have told him; all about the famous movie people he was associated with, mostly from the fifties to the eighties. I am fortunate (in this case) to be of an age where I'd heard of or knew about most of the people involved.
I didn't fin
Jun 20, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It isn't until Sir Roger Moore talks about the stars of the golden age of Hollywood like Tony Curtis, Richard Burton, and Elizabeth Taylor that I realized so many of the people who can relate to those stars are now dead. Although I had no clue about the people in theatre he was talking about, the tales of the actor and his colleagues were entertaining enough that I wish I could have experienced much of his exploits. If you want a glimpse into the lives of the rich and famous, this book provides ...more
Adam Taylor
As much as I love Sir Rodge, this rather lightweight collection of showbiz gossip and celebrity name dropping is only an occasionally amusing, largely prosaic read. It is also not helped by a paucity of Bond references or anecdotes- he only refers to 'Jimmy Bond' when he has to. There are no deep revelations or insights as one would expect but even the late star's trademark humour has been de-emphasised and the approach feels heavily edited and watered down, which unfortunately only makes for a ...more
Emma Dargue
Jul 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Listened to the audiobook of this and loved it campy and told with wit and self deprecating humour Moore details his adventures on TV and Film sets as well as second hand stories from famous faces such as Peter Sellers and Michael Caine. If you don't like name dropping celebrity memoirs then this is not for you but it is quite a good memoir and stands up for reading a second time due to Jonathan Keeble who incredibly mimics Moore's distinctive voice as well as some of the key players such as Dea ...more
Ruth Bradbury-Horton

Nice little book filled with chatter of life as a movie star. That said not really a biography, more of a relaying incidents of equally famous movie stars where Roger Moore was often not present and had only been told. Interesting to note the content which shows sexual harassment was rife well before current days and how it was brushed aside and almost treated with amusement. That content raised my eyebrows.
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A laugh out loud collection of tinsel town tales. Sir Roger Moore is a self-deprecating man and a first-class raconteur. He includes anecdotes from his own life and shows a wicked sense of humour in a career that spanned over seven decades. The stories he relates also come from people including Sinatra, Tony Curtis, David Niven Michael Caine, et al. Obviously he relates stories from his time as James Bond if you are a fan of film or are looking for a book to simply make you laugh, this is it.
A. 3.5. Roger Moore, unabashedly gossiping and name-dropping about experiences he’d had or actors he’d worked with over the years. A lot of the anecdotes involved old British actors that I did not know, so the subject matter wasn’t my cup of tea. But, he was so witty and charming and I found myself laughing out loud more than once.
Marilyn McKnight

What a truly entertaining book!. Sir Roger is such a great storyteller, I actually laughed out loud at some of his tales. He certainly knew all the real stars, not like the phoneys we have these days. A lovely light hearted book which you can pick up and read at leisure, or binge read it like I did.
Robert Davidson
I admire success and Roger Moore was a favourite of mine because everything he did in the walks of life he inhabited appeared effortless. This book was an enjoyable and easy flowing read delivered in a conversational style. It revealed no intriguing secrets and did not denigrate any public figures and was still worth my time. But then, as I said, he was a favourite of mins. . .
Liz C
Aug 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

An enjoyable read. He had an interesting life and this book tells some of the great stories about actors and actresses, producers and others he came across over the years. I would recommend it to anyone.
Sep 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir
I really enjoyed this book. It's full of fun and interesting anecdotes about his life and many of his famous friends, Nice chatty style you could be sitting in a room with him enjoying a coffee and listening to the his stories. What a fascinating life he has had. ...more
Dawn Brookes
Interesting anecdotes and lots of gossip about stars of yesterday. It took a while to get into because it jumped around a bit but I enjoyed the read. A bit coarse in places but I guess that was the reality. On the whole it was worth a read from the late, great Roger Moore!
Janet Angela beardsley
Very funny, laugh out loud!

I have read a book written by Roger before, which I had enjoyed, but this made me laugh out loud, much to my husband's disgust, as I couldn't explain unless he read it himself!
Probably 2.5 rather than 3, not that it was a bad book, but it was complete fluff. Stars and industry big names, swearing, drinking, and behaving badly, with a few lighter practical jokes in the mix too... Perfectly entertaining read, but insubstantial.
Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Funny, superficial, delightful, just like a Moore Bond movie, would go lovely with some popcorn.
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