Roger Moore

Full Name: Roger George Moore
Date of Birth: 14th October 1927
Place of Birth: Stockwell, London, England
Height: 6' 1" (1.85m)
Also Famous For: The Saint, Cannonball Run
Films: 7
Active Duty: 1972-1985
Only Bond: To have worked under contract with MGM before taking the role of 007

1973 - Live and Let Die
1974 - The Man with the Golden Gun
1977 - The Spy who Loved Me
1979 - Moonraker
1981 - For Your Eyes Only
1983 - Octopussy
1985 - A View to a Kill

"To me, the Bond situations are so ridiculous, so outrageous. I mean, this man is supposed to be a spy and yet, everybody knows he's a spy."


Roger George Moore was born to George and Lillian Moore on October 14, 1927. Moore's father was a respected constable in the Bow Street police force and sent his only child, Roger, at first to attend Hackford Road Elementary and later to Battersea Grammar School. Some of Moore's earliest memories were of his Uncle Jack - a British soldier and hero among the family. When the World War II threatened London families, Moore and his mother were evacuated from the city. Moore excelled academically, receiving top grades and was keen swimmer - however his real passion as a schoolboy was the arts. Moore enjoyed drawing and painting and had resolved to pursue a career as an artist.

When, at the young age of 15, Moore left the education system, he earned a job at a local animation house that were making films to promote the War effort. Moore's responsibilities were as a tracer and filler-in at Publicity Picture Productions, which had offices in D'Arblay Street, London. While his tenure as an animator's assistant was short, he did gain the opportunity to become a member of the ACTT - of which he is still a member to this day. The young artist was paid £3.50 per hour for his duties before an unfortunate error saw Roger Moore fired from this role.

After this small setback, Moore took the opportunity to work as an extra for a variety of local film and television companies, including Caesar and Denham Studios. On the set of the Vivien Leigh "Caesar and Cleopatra" Moore was introduced to director Brian Desmond Hurst who encouraged him to enrol in RADA (The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts) and offered to pay for Moore's tuition as an actor, should he get into the performer's college. Through his work at RADA, Moore landed a handful of bit parts on stage in the West End, before the draft halted his training.


At age 18, Moore was enlisted to the services as a 2nd Lieutenant but was eventually promoted to Captain. For a short period he was posted to West Germany before transferring to the entertainment branch, which better suited his tastes. When allowed leave from the Army Service Corps in 1946, Moore returned to England and was married to his first wife and RADA classmate, Doorn van Stwyn, in a small ceremony in Wandsworth. When his commitment to the Army was up, Moore returned to London in order to pursue his life-long dream in the arts. He worked on radio, as a model, onstage and even as a salesman in order to pay the bills. Moore gained a reputation modeling for printed knitwear advertisements and earned the facetious nickname "The Big Knit".

In 1949, Moore landed the opportunity to tour with a theatre troupe, however the extended periods away from home were putting a strain on the young couple's marriage. Moore had bigger ambitions of becoming a full-time screen actor and eventually his marriage with Doorn fell apart, ending in divorce in 1953.

Moore made his first television appearance in a one-off 1950 feature "Drawing Room Detective". During this period he attended a party at the singer Dorothy Squire's home. Both Squire and Moore were awaiting divorce settlements but the pair made a connection and when the legalities were over, Roger accompanied his new lady friend to the US on a promotional tour of her newest record.

In the Americas, Moore was offered various contracts with big studios including Fox and Columbia but after some advice, selected an offer from MGM, which allowed him the most flexibility and the chance to live and work in New York a while longer. His first production with MGM came in the form of Elizabeth Taylor's "The Last Time I Saw Paris", which saw him return to the UK for filming in 1954. He performed a few minor roles in MGM-made pictures but none brought fame or financial success for Moore. In 1956, he worked opposite Lana Turner in "Dianne" - his final picture in the contract with this studio.

Moore's first bout of fame arrived when he earned the title role in television adventure "Ivanhoe", which first aired in 1958. He starred in 39 episodes of the series before moving on to the next swashbuckling adventure. 1959's "Maverick" saw Moore play the lead character once again: Beauregarde Maverick, the "cousin" of James Gardner's popular character. During shooting in Italy, in 1961, Moore's relationship with musician Squire fell apart, however the strong-willed woman refused him a divorce until 1968. Moore claimed that it was love-at-first-sight when he met actress Luisa Mattioli on set.



From one hero to the next, Moore was offered the role of Leslie Charteris' charming character, Simon Templar. Made by a British crew but with the intention of appealing to the American market, "The Saint" first aired in 1962 - making Roger Moore a household name both in the UK and USA. As this debonair and charming character, Moore established a pattern he would later bring to a light-hearted version of the James Bond character.


The pulpy series ran for seven years and over 100 episodes, however towards the end of the run, Moore was growing tired of the role and eager for his contract to end.

In 1969, Roger and Luisa were married after having two children, Deborah and Geoffrey. The same year, free of his commitment to "The Saint", he made "Crossplot" closely followed by "The Man Who Haunted Himself" and teamed up with Tony Curtis to produce ITV's "The Pursaders!" (1971). It was on the set of "The Pursaders!" that Moore was urged by Tony Curtis to give up his smoking habit and after a lecture from the American actor, Moore quit for good.

"Of course I do not regret the Bond days, I regret that sadly heroes in general are depicted with guns in their hands, and to tell the truth I have always hated guns and what they represent."

Fleming was rumored to have brought up Moore's name as a suggestion for James Bond when casting "Dr. No", however Moore was viewed as "young looking" despite being older than Sean Connery. In the end, Moore made his debut older than his predecessor, Connery. His first Bond production was "Live And Let Die" (1973), where he created a lighter, more tongue-in-cheek and English gentleman-spy James Bond. Just prior to shooting on the eighth 007 adventure, Mattioli gave birth to Moore's second son, Christian. He remained the owner of the famous Tuxedo for 12 years, although considered stepping down after his original contract expired after "For Your Eyes Only". He was coaxed back by the producers for a few more outings before making a definitive decision to hang up the PPK on December 3rd 1985, shortly after his seventh Bond outing, "A View To A Kill".

"I do not have time to sit down and regret anything although sometimes I wish I had been able to see more of my parents while they were alive and have done more for them."

In between Bond productions, Moore made a variety of movies, most notably "The Cannonball Run", a racing adventure in which Roger sent up his 007 persona and shared screen time with the likes of Burt Reynolds and Dean Martin.

Post Bond, Moore's schedule calmed somewhat, making a token few films during the 1990's - many of which scored lowly at the box office. He kept up his public image hosting award shows and appearing on talk show panels but the acting work was slim. In the early '90s, Moore took on the prestigious role of UNICEF's Goodwill Ambassador - to promote and encourage the work of this charity. Up until 1991, and Moore's succession, the role was that of glamorous film star Audrey Hepburn. In 1996, Moore ended his 26 years of marriage to Luisa Mattioli after some troubling times.

For his efforts to charity, Moore was dubbed Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1999 and later received the title Knight of the British Empire, (KBE) at the 2003 Queen's birthday honours list, making the legendary actor Sir Roger Moore. On March 10th 2002, Sir Roger married his fourth wife Christiana Tholstrup and the couple remains together today.




  • World Film Male award at the 1980 Golden Globes
  • Most Popular International Performer at the 1980 Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Film Awards
  • Won a 1973 Bambi (German television award)
  • Best Actor at the 1967 Ondas Awards

Extended Filmography

  • The Last Time I Saw Paris (1954) - Buy Now
  • Crossplot (1969) - Buy Now
  • The Man Who Haunted Himself (1970) - Buy Now
  • The Persuaders! (1971) - Buy Now
  • Gold (1974) - Buy Now
  • The Cannonball Run (1981) - Buy No


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