Happy birthday to the late actor and author Sir Roger Moore, who portrayed James Bond in the 1970s and 1980s on film and The Saint on TV in the 1960s.
I reviewed his last book for the Washington Times.
Although I much prefer Sean Connery’s dark and dangerous portrayal of Ian Fleming’s iconic character James Bond to Sir Roger Moore’s light and comedic approach, I was a huge fan of Mr. Moore’s portrayal of Leslie Charteris’ Simon Templar in the 1960s TV series “The Saint.”
By all accounts, the late Mr. Moore was an intelligent and amiable man with a self-deprecating sense of humor. This comes across clearly in his books, such as “My Word is My Bond” and “Last Man Standing,” as well as his latest book, “A Bientot.”
The book was delivered to his publisher only days before he died on May 23 at the age of 89.
“A Bientot” (French for goodbye or see you later) offers Mr. Moore’s take on growing old and a look back at what he has called an extraordinarily lucky and charmed life.
You can read the rest of the review via the below link:
Note: Today is also the birthday of my friend and former Philadelphia Inquirer editor, Frank Wilson.
You can read Frank Wilson's literary blog at booksinq.blogspot.com/