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My Word Is My Bond Hardcover – Nov 2008

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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Collins; First Edition edition (Nov. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061673889
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061673887
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (242 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 858,009 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In this kind, funny autobiography, Moore does his best to debunk his image as an upper-crust all-action hero... so engaging... so genuine. This is a delightful book, crammed with anecdotes of the television and film industry from the Fifties to the Noughties (The Mail on Sunday)

Moore's autobiography is the funniest film memoir since David Niven's The Moon's A Balloon (The Daily Mail)

Stuffed with showbiz anecdotes (The Sun)

Funny, frank and charming (The Lady)

There are stories galore... With a warm, winning mix of self-deprecation and praise for family, friends and colleagues, Sir Roger emerges as a figure every bit as dashing, but rather better-natured, than any he's played onscreen (Empire)

Warm-hearted recollections of a long and distinguished career (The Scotsman)

A lovely, ambling read (The Times)

An amusing and racy memoir... Moore's wit and self-deprecation are evident on every page (The Stage)

A man who can still snap a woman's knicker elastic with the flick of an eyebrow (The Times) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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snug and comforting...what Moore does write about, engagingly and with tremendous warmth, is his London childhood and the path from losing his job as a trainee animator, to movie extra, to film and television star. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Bob Marlowe on 22 Jan. 2009
Format: Hardcover
I am out of step with many of my reviewing colleagues as Sir Roger is not my favourite Bond, I'm in the Connery camp. He was however a very good Bond and I can only agree that this is a superb showbiz autobiography.
Sir Roger paints an vivid picture of a childhood more working class than many would have assumed and in particular clearly admired his policeman father.
He also gives us some detail on his army service & his early working life-he was a trainee animator and this enabled him to dierct episodes of The Saint and The Persuaders later on.
He has been criticised in the past for tending to dismiss ex-wives but here does recall in some detail how besotted he was with 1st wife Doorn Van Steyn, his exciting taste of fame as singer Dorothy Squires other half and in particular regrets treating "Dot" badly, still values the time they shared and was pleased that late in her life they became friends again. He has little to say about his 3rd wife Luisa Mattioli, possibly as the events of their divorce are still too fresh but sadly no picture is painted of their life together.
Minor quibble though as his acting career is dealt with in glorious detail. Early leading role "Ivanhoe" is amusingly recalled as a cheaply made and quasi-dangerous production.
Naturally The Saint is recalled in great detail and with some affection-but then he was the defenitive Simon Templar. This is one of the books' best bits. He also recalls being a business partner on Return of the Saint & has an amusing story about his involvement on the appalling Val Kilmer film, "I was paid not to act!"
Bond is recalled in similar details and again there is lots of fun to be had here.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Matthew C. Wolski on 16 Oct. 2008
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An abridged version of the recently released Roger Moore biography read by the great man himself - which is a big bonus. Extremely witty, enjoyable and modest, this will have you longing for Moore (pardon the pun) after listening to the two and a half hour running time of this two disk set. Disk one takes a very in depth look at his childhood (i had no idea he spent time as a war orphan in nearby Worthing), his stints on Ivanhoe, The Saint and the Persuaders.Disk two covers his seven Bond movies and a very moving account of his experiences working for Unicef. The only thing that did disappoint is the lack of coverage of his other movies (Wild Geese and Cannonball Run to name two) but these are covered in the actual book.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Big Andy on 28 Oct. 2011
Format: Paperback
This is a very interesting and amusing book, but sadly Mr Moore fails to allow the reader to get anywhere near his heart. We read a great deal about his happy childhood (notwithstanding the Blitz and evacuation) and his long and successful career - in which he appears to have either met or worked with almost everybody important in the entertainment industry - but we don't really manage to understand exactly what makes him tick.

The two most talked-about events in his private life, his divorces from his second and third wives, are barely discussed, even though at the time they were front-page news in the tabloids. It looks like we will never get to hear his side of the story.

Two things about Moore do emerge from this book. Firstly that despite his posh voice he is still very much a working-class boy from South London who reads the Daily Mirror and who loves beans on toast and Dads' Army. Secondly, money is very important to him: througout his working life he was always looking for a way to make a quick buck (or sometimes a quick million bucks).

At the end of the day, Moore comes across as a decent guy who knows that he was born lucky: he was never a great actor but his good looks and easygoing charm opened doors and allowed him to carve out a highly lucrative career.

This book is full of entertaining stories and anecdotes, some of which made me laugh out loud, but at the end of the day I felt cheated: I wanted to know more about the man.
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61 of 64 people found the following review helpful By D. Campbell on 22 Oct. 2008
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This is one of the finest autobiographies that I have ever read.

Sir Roger claims not to spill all the beans on his life and co-stars for fear of upsetting the ones that are still alive. This isn't quite true.

He may may leave out some of the more salacious details, but this helps for a real good time feel to the book. Ther are MANY tales told here, but all in good taste!

Roger Moore is an actor of such experience that his stories are nothing short of hilarious, touching, sad and scandalous (in a gentlemanly way).

Often all at once.

Roger Moore has unfairly been the subject of many jibes about his ability, many started by the man himself.

This is the story of a truly talented, charasmatic, naturally funny, humanitarian.

It's so nice not to be preached to. He loves what he does, he loves his success and that shines through. Really refreshing.

Read this without being touched or laughing out loud and there's something wroung.

10/10
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Mme Butterfly on 12 Oct. 2008
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My quintessential Bond has always been Roger Moore. Those sparkling eyes, that cheeky grin, those crazy eyebrows and a character that shines through as truly honest and a lot of fun. I have often wondered why from a very young age, I always felt closer to Roger Moore than any other of the actors who played Bond. This book explains all: Roger Moore plays Roger Moore because his real character is all that is needed to play the part of Bond. This book leaves no stone unturned and takes us to the heart and soul of the Man: through his difficult childhood, his many hospital visits, the unselfish love of his parents, the strong friendships he acquired throughout his incredible life, his deep love for his children and grandchildren and the fun, joys and sadness that have touched him. This autobiography is beautifully written and in parts made me laugh out loud, in others I cried. Roger Moore is a true legend, an English Gentleman to the core: modest, charming and caring. Many happy returns of the day, Sir Roger and many, many more years with us!
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