Last Man Standing: Tales from Tinseltown Paperback – 31 May 2018
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A compendium of Hollywood anecdotes (Sunday Telegraph)
Highly entertaining . . . a hilarious read (Daily Express)
Packed full of hilarious Hollywood tales told by an iconic English gent (Shortlist)
[Moore] remains a weapons-grade raconteur and this is his gossipiest collection of tales yet . . . all told with eyebrow-arching glee (Empire)
A heap of salacious tales about his illustrious peers . . . a treasure-trove of great actor yarns (Daily Mail)
Packed full of gossip and anecdote about all the great stars (Sunday Independent (Dublin))
A collection of true stories, jokes and outrageous stories from the heyday of Hollywood (Waitrose Weekend)
Laced with tales of A-list encounters (Hello)
Amusing (Daily Telegraph)
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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 designed to watch with your Dad: Gold, Sea Wolves, North Sea Hijack, Wild Geese and Cannonball Run for example, not to mention TV series such as The Saint and my personal favourite, The Persuaders.
In his third outing as an author “Tales from Tinseltown” its clear that his off screen life was almost as interesting as what happened to him while on set. The book lives up to its title (sub-title: Last Man Standing; a quote from Frank Sinatra, 'Who's going to be left to turn the light off?', Roger hopes it will be him) as its essentially Rodge relaying decades worth of anecdotes to Gareth Owen. He’s never nasty or malicious when he name checks practically every movie star from the 1950s onwards. The tales are all relayed in a lighthearted manner, along with some candid photographs. These snaps highlight Rodge modelling high fashion over the decades along with him clowning around: my personal favourite is Peter Sellers painting Rogers toenails for some forgotten reason.
The book itself is split into eight chapters:
1) The Fun - and Feisty - Leading Ladies
2) The Pinewood Years
4) On-set Tales
5) The Good Guys (and a Few Rascals)
6) The Rat Pack
7) The Creative Geniuses
8) The Producers
From time to time Sir Roger adds a few thoughts which didn’t make it into his autobiography and the mood dips as he reminisces about friends who have died, gone to “that great cutting room in the sky” as he says but on the whole is an upbeat entertaining giggle from beginning to end. I also like the fact that Roger knows that he’s been lucky for three reasons: the secrets of his success? ... he looked
'like a hero … can remember lines and ... work cheaply'.
Thankfully, Moore is very much still standing and that is something which we should be very grateful indeed; highly recommended.
TYPICAL ROGER MOORE SELF-EFFACING JOKES , AND GOOD HUMOUR THROUGHOUT .
MY FAVOURITE BITS ---- THE STORY OF ' NOSMO KING' , AND OF SHELLEY WINTERS WEARING ROGER MOORE'S THERMAL UNDERWEAR !
THERE WERE SAD TEARS AS WELL THOUGH -- THIS FANTASTIC ACTOR HAD DIED THE DAY I PURCHASED THE BOOK .
MY FAVOURITE ' JAMES BOND' . R.I.P.
In print, Roger Moore doesn't come across nearly as entertaining as he probably is in real life, and he's far too concerned to be nice to everyone to really have anything deeply amusing to tell. You need a bit of spice to go with the sugar, but he doesn't deliver here.
Top international reviews
A good read indeed.
Very amusing, easy and entertaining.
I hoped to get a lot of stories from the Bond Shootings etc..
To my huge surprise there are only a few and more about his friends, Co-stars, Producers.