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Roger Moore gets a publisher

Posted in Roger Moore, Wacky Media with tags , , on January 17, 2008 by Deborah Lipp

I have seen about twenty news releases telling me that Roger Moore was writing an autobiography called My Word Is My Bond. I couldn’t figure out why this was news, since I blogged it back in October.

Okay, after two days, I’ve got it. It’s because he signed a deal with HarperCollins. But seriously? Whoop-de-doo. Was there anyone in the world who thought maybe he wouldn’t be able to find an interested publisher?

The amount of non-news in the world annoys me. It’s news when Moore announces the book. It’s news when the book is published and we can read it and review it and discuss it. All the gradations of progress in between are not news. Signing with HarperCollins? Not news. Finishing Chapter 1 and progressing on to Chapter 2? Not news. Buying a new ream of paper? Not! News!

Geez Pete.

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Lost in Translation

Posted in References, Roger Moore, Sean Connery with tags , , , , on January 4, 2008 by Deborah Lipp

The movie Lost in Translation, which I watched last night, has a lot of James Bond tie-in. First, Bill Murray’s character is filming a Suntory Whiskey commercial in Tokyo. Then he does a photo shoot for the product’s magazine ads. The photographer, whose English is minimal, asks Murray to assume various poses and suggests a James Bond pose (mimes shooting a gun) and says “Roger Moore! Roger Moore!” Murray says he prefers Connery, but the photographer says “No, no Connery. Roger Moore!”

Connery did a Suntory Whiskey ad.

At another point in the film, an American actress staying at the hotel sings in the hotel lounge (the lounge singer must be on break) and does an awful rendition of Nobody Does It Better.

Overall, the enormous anxiety of being a foreigner in Tokyo, expressed in the film, also seems to tie into You Only Live Twice.

Roger Moore happy to admit he was too old for A View to a Kill

Posted in Daniel Craig, Roger Moore with tags on December 26, 2007 by Deborah Lipp

Nice interview here with Roger Moore.

First, he tells us something that many of us believed; that Daniel Craig is a very fine James Bond:

“I have seen Daniel Craig in a number of films. He is a thundering good actor. The movie (‘Casino Royale’) showed me that he is one hell of an athlete,”

In regard to AVTAK:

Moore, who was 58 when the movie came out, described the film as the least favorite of his Bond roles. “I was only about 400 years too old for the part!” he quipped.

Read the whole thing.

Safari Suit

Posted in Roger Moore, Sean Connery with tags , , on December 5, 2007 by Deborah Lipp

Looking through my search terms (searches that brought people to this blog), I find the phrase “Sean Connery Safari Suit.”

As Pierce Brosnan would say: No, no, no!

Roger Moore wore a safari suit, not Connery! Notable examples appeared in TMWTGG and Octopussy.

Summing up James Bond (“The One Who” game)

Posted in Daniel Craig, George Lazenby, Pierce Brosnan, Roger Moore, Sean Connery, Timothy Dalton, Ultimate JB Fan Book with tags , , , , , on November 2, 2007 by Deborah Lipp

I actually did this in The Ultimate James Bond Fan Book, but I don’t have the manuscript in front of me, and I thought it would be fun to do it again, fresh. I mean, I may end up repeating myself, but I might not.

Here’s the idea: Each actor who played Bond can be characterized, summed up in a few words. Let’s start with the notion that each actor had something valuable to bring to the role, and not be insulting, and then let’s see where we go.

Sean Connery is the one who…
is Scottish.
Created the role.
Has a lisp.
Kills in cold blood.

George Lazenby is the one who…
is Australian.
Only played Bond once.
Has dimples.
Broke a stuntman’s nose during his audition.

Roger Moore is the one who…
was “a gentleman spy.”
Made more Bond films than anyone else.
Raised one eyebrow.
Was tongue-in-cheek.

Timothy Dalton is the one who…
is Welsh.
Was the “dark Bond.”
Is known for playing villains in numerous movies.
Is the tallest Bond.

Pierce Brosnan is the one who…
is Irish.
Straightens his tie.
Seems like a combination of all his predecessors.
Should have gotten one more chance!

Daniel Craig is the one who…
is blond.
Is the shortest Bond.
Surprised a lot of fans.
Is the “rebooted” Bond.

Your turn!

Happy 80th to Roger Moore

Posted in Birthdays, Roger Moore on October 14, 2007 by Deborah Lipp

Roger Moore, recent recipient of a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, turns 80 today. He has officially played James Bond more often than any other actor: seven times (Sean Connery played Bond in six official and one unofficial movies).

Moore in the mirror

Roger Moore Day

Posted in Roger Moore on October 11, 2007 by Deborah Lipp

It’s Roger Moore day, with two great news items:

1. Moore will receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Long overdue, I say! He is not my favorite Bond, but no one can argue he isn’t a real star.

2. Even better, Moore will “write” an autobiography. (Write is in quotes because the ghost-writer is announced right in the press release.)

On the eve of his 80th birthday, Sir Roger has finally agreed to tell his life story—including his four marriages, most famous performances, and his escapades with friends including Michael Caine, Tony Curtis, Sean Connery and David Niven. The memoir is tentatively scheduled for publication in autumn 2008, with a working title of My Word is My Bond.

In a note to be circulated to publishers today, he says: “I’m not looking to dish dirt or recycle sleaze stories, goodness knows there is enough of that in the world. Rather, I would like to write a warm, amusing, and maybe even slightly emotional volume that tells my story; corrects some of the inaccuracies previously reported; offers an insight into the world of a jobbing actor and retired 007; and reflects my love of life.”