Roger Moore holds out for a new deal, Lois Chiles
turns down Playboy, and Richard Kiel says a third
movie is in the pipeline for Jaws...
Tabloid Archive: Moonraker
16th August 2011
Roger Moore is waiting to learn if his days of James Bond glory
are over. "Producer Cubby
Broccoli hasn't asked me to do
another," reports Moore. "But then - he never does
until he sees how much money he makes from the last one I've
"Moonraker" is currently undergoing
release, and he can't see why it won't do as well as ["The
Spy Who Loved Me"], which was the most successful
Bond picture of all time - racking up approximately $100m
in worldwide rentals.
"Modesty should prevent me from
saying this," he says, "but 'Moonraker' is the
best movie I've ever made." And the one which he negotiated
his best deal.
"Yes, even better than the 5 percent
of the gross I received for 'The Spy Who Loved Me'," he
reports with just a tone of justifiable glee.
Moore isn't ready to admit he's willing to sign
on as Bond again, "because,
if I did, it would weaken my bargaining position." But he
wants us to know there's no reason he can't continue to handle
the role indefinitely. He's 52 years old, but as he sees it, "God,
no. I'm not getting too old for the part. I'm Peter Pan - though
I must admit I do play Bond like Wendy."
Chiles had reservations
about accepting the role as Bond's latest love interest (an astronaut-CIA
I didn't want one of those empty-headed parts. But then I read
the script and decided it would be good exposure for me." But
dignified exposure. She makes it clear she won't go for any
other kind. The former model turned down the offer of a Playboy
magazine cover because, "that's not the image I want.
I realize that Farrah Fawcett has posed for a Playboy cover,
but I don't want to be merchandise, I want to be an actress."
Richard Kiel reprises his role as Jaws,
except this time, the 7-foot-2 actor doesn't come off as a menace,
but as a man who
proves to have a giant-sized heart after he falls in love with
5-foor-4 Blanche Ravalec. "We didn't plan to make Jaws
loveable," says Kiel. "It just sort of evolved that
way when we were shooting." Kiel, who was mobbed by fans
during the "Moonraker" sneak preview, reports director
Lewis Gilbert is already talking to him about doing a third
Bond movie - in which his romance with Ms. Ravalec's character
culminates in marriage.
From syndicated newspaper reports printed on
Sunday 1st July 1979.