David Bowie's awkward friendship with Sir Roger Moore revealed

21-Sep-2017 • Actor News

UPDATE: Sir Roger Moore's official Twitter account has disputed this anecdote as 'not true at all.'

In a new biography by Dylan Jones, ' David Bowie: A Life', there is an interesting tale of when David Bowie befriended Roger Moore. Sometime in the 1970s, Bowie moved to Switzerland (to avoid the oppressive tax regime of the UK at the time) despite not knowing anyone in the country. But 007 was just down the road. Oscar-nominated scriptwriter and novelist Hanif Kureishi provided this anecdote for the book (via The Telegraph): 

"One day, about half-past five in the afternoon, there’s a knock on the door, and there he was: ‘Hello, David.’ Roger Moore comes in, and they had a cup of tea. He stays for drinks, and then dinner, and tells lots of stories about the James Bond films. They had a fantastic time - a brilliant night."

"But then, the next day, at 5.30… Knock, knock, it’s Roger Moore. He invites himself in again, and sits down: ‘Yeah, I’ll have a gin and tonic, David.’ He tells the same stories – but they’re slightly less entertaining the second time around."

"After two weeks [of Moore turning up] at 5.25pm – literally every day – David Bowie could be found underneath the kitchen table pretending not to be in.”

Bowie was later offered the role of Max Zorin for 1985's 'A View To A Kill' but turned it down.


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