Seven-times James Bond actor Sir Roger Moore took
a trip down memory lane recently to commemorate the
rebuilding of the famous Pinewood 007 Stage...
Roger Moore Reflects On Pinewood
21st May 2007
Just after work on Casino Royale had wrapped
last July, the world famous 007
Stage was wrecked by fire - again. Like a phoenix
from the flames, the stage was rebuilt
again and opened for business last month. A few weeks ago,
BBC Radio 5 made a special visit to Pinewood Studios to commemorate
the rebuilding of the
007 Stage. Amongst the many trips down memory lane during the
show, Seven-times James Bond actor Sir
Roger Moore reflected
on his years at the studio...
Tell us about some of your memories
of making the Bond films at Pinewood...
As I was just listening
to the music of Live And
Let Die, and thinking about Pinewood,
I actually started shooting
on location in America (for the bayou boat chase), and
then Jamaica, and then we came to Pinewood. The first shot
I remember I did in the role in Pinewood was in bed with
the beautiful Madeline Smith, who was so funny in the Two
She was playing an Italian spy (Miss
and we introduced the watch which was laying across
on my wrist of course! And then I unzipped her dress with
the magnetic thing Q had put in the watch. I remember
But my first time at Pinewood was 1947,
when I was given a weeks leave from the Army to do a test
for a film called
Blue Lagoon, which Donald Houston did with Jean Simmons.
I tested with Claire Bloom and it was the first time she'd
been on film.
The bedroom scenes you had to do over the years
as Bond must have been very tiresome...
Only for the doubles who
had to do it! I never did the love
scenes, I never went to bed with anybody. I just did the action
[laughs]. But of course they weren't doubles, that's why I got
paid so little!
You also made The Persuaders here?
Yes, we had the two stages
L and M which we used for 13 and a half months making The Persuaders.
It was a great time, and
I have wonderful memories of Pinewood. And of course the woods
at the back. I think I recognise every tree whenever I see a
location shot from a film produced at Pinewood.
You must have met so many other stars over the years working
Well none quite as big as Johnny Depp (currently
filming Sweeney Todd at Pinewood), who is probably the best leading
today. So put in a good with for me with him [laughs]. I'm a
tremendous admirer of his. But looking back, my friends like
David Niven and Trevor Howard... Curt
Jurgens who was in The
Spy Who Loved Me. Great, great memories,
and of course my office is still at Pinewood, so I've been associated
with the studio for 60 years now. Even before I had a buss pass.
When was the last time you were on a bus?
[Laughs] At the airport...
and those that have been converted by location caterers to dining
rooms for cast and crew.
Sir Sean Connery is very involved with politics
with the Scottish National Party at the moment, but you're
very involved with UNICEF. Does that take up most of
your time now?
This year I've had it a little easier, but every day
there is something to do - there is mail or stuff to read
- and travel is sometimes hairy. It's quite easy
and I go to nice places to raise money, but then sometimes
I go in the field which is important although I feel rather
useless when I'm in the field because I'm not a doctor or
a nurse. But it's important that one goes so that one can
talk confidently about what you've seen.
And have you seen - going back to the Bond films which
is inevitable - Casino Royale?
Yes! I actually had to buy a DVD. I didn't want to
go to the cinema because everyone would be poking me saying "what
do you think?". I thought it was terrific. My god!
The action that [Daniel Craig] did! He's wonderful in the
role. I was one of the first people who said "why
don't they leave him alone?" when [the media] were
attacking him before he had started.
After you of course, who do you think was the next greatest
Do you mean after Sean? Sean created it and was an ideal
Bond. I came in not really believing in spies because I always
how is it the entire world knows he's a spy, they know he drinks
martinis, every time he walks in to a bar it's "shaken,
not stirred"? He can't be much of a spy - spies are supposed
to be faceless people. They shouldn't be recognised. So I played
it tongue in cheek. Sean played it more down the line but with
the humour more throw-away. But I think all the Bond's have
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