Sunday, February 3, 2013

Roger Moore: Patron Saint Of Smooth

Daphne Lockyen at the British newspaper the Telegraph offers a good piece on the amusing, intelligent, and self-deprecating 85-year-old actor Roger Moore.

Moore talks about how he and his son are producing a new series based on The Saint, a character, Moore portrayed on TV in the Sixties.

As you might expect, this elder statesman of British acting is charm personified. He is also full of pithy one-liners, protecting his privacy with mots justes. Any big regrets? “I’d be an ungrateful b------ if I did; I’ve been so incredibly lucky.”

Moore probably learned how to use the art of suave humour to handle tricky situations from playing Bond and his precursor, The Saint’s Simon Templar – the rakish character with a Robin Hood morality that we are here today to discuss. Moore and his eldest son, Geoffrey, are co-producers on an American television remake of The Saint. The British series, based on the novels by Leslie Charteris, occupied seven years of the actor’s life during the Sixties.

You can read the rest of the piece via the below link:

Moore also has a book out on James Bond, the iconic Ian Fleming character Moore portrayed in the Seventies.

As I've noted here before, I was not a fan of Moore's lighthearted approach to Bond, but as a teenager in the Sixties I liked Moore very much in The Saint. I look forward to watching the new series.     

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