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3.0 out of 5 stars Stirred But Not Shaken, 28 Oct. 2011
This review is from: My Word is My Bond: The Autobiography (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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Initial post: 28 Apr 2013 08:18:53 BDT
Bookman says:
Never having worked with him long term, only odd days here and there, albeit I do know a little more about him than he would tell. In fact, not too interesting or amazing that this so called English gentleman did not mince his fruity language and when he thought it was necessary, the expletives ad infinitum were well rehearsed and presumably sometimes served their desired purpose, which was at times simply to avoid someone forcing him, or cajoling him to do something at times that may have been inconvenient for him?
He was rather full of himself and certainly most ordinary film crew were of little or no consequence as regards any pleasantries.
That said, of course many actors were similar, the late Nicol Williamson being one example. Bearing in mind, Mr Williamson, with whom I did work, was an absolute actor down to every detail and attention to perfection, which is a far cry from Mr Moore. For anyone unaware, Mr Williamson was a trained Shakespearean and therefore carried himself through his professional life, regarded with much respect, albeit I feel he was unappreciated, due in part to modesty and possible shyness from the publicity he did not yearn.
Michael J. Adelman.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 May 2013 13:30:07 BDT
Interesting, not wholly surprising, one ceases to be surprised by the behaviour of one's betters. I mean, David Niven, whom Moore idolised, was another case in point. However, from what I heard, N Williamson really was off the scale, a professional basket case when it came to reliablility. As for Moore, well, that's the two-faced nature of showbiz, you have to turn it on for the camera, no one else really matters that much.

Posted on 13 Jan 2016 08:52:09 GMT
I think The Man Who Haunted Himself is proof that he could be a great actor but unfortunately I can`t think of another example. I do find him a rather likeable chap though.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Jan 2016 15:32:12 GMT
Bookman says:
Actually, not seeking controversy, more pragmatic outlook. Actors, actresses, and also crew members, albeit anathema to the general public, were and doubtless remain, some funny, frank, open to suggestion and amenable, albeit similar to any other working participant in that evironment have to maintain a semblance of personal privacy. I well recall one actor ( gender withheld ) who since my days has become very well known and respected. Sadly this person, presumably had ( I am sure discretely ) informed somebody of a violent partnership, or possibly at that time marriage ? That must have caused this person untold stress every hour of every day. I for one only new the barest of detail, i.e. Violence, verbal or physical, or both ? That professional actor continued without any sign or indication of circumstances, every morning on time and never caused any delay in proceedings. Steadfastly maintaining privacy can prove difficult enough, without having to APPEAR in front of crew and the ever searching camera lens as totally professional. So, anyone out there who has not experienced this first hand cannot expect to have
any idea of those facts. An actors only desire is to inspire an audience to BELIEVE whatever he or she is doing, saying and displaying is really true and totally honest in the telling of a story. Mr N. Williamson, like all true professionals worked. ferociously hard at his chosen roles as so many others, suffered for his art. I did not work with Sir Laurence Olivier, and he was far from one of my personal favorites. That said, I believe according to his own words, he used to get the shakes every time he was about to appear ! The Americans seem to be more reverential towards their film, tv. and theatrical professionals than we usually are here in the UK.
In the modest hope I may have thrown a smidgen of light for some audience appreciation for our amazing UK talent, past and in some cases even today's current actors and crew ? And no, they are not all perfect, just like us all, ordinary, often humanitarian and nearly always vulnerable.
Michael J. Adelman..
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