Licensed to thrill: Roger Moore interview

Roger Moore
Roger Moore

You’d be wrong to think that Sir Roger Moore’s name-dropping and hints towards his lavish lifestyle could come across as pretentious. They’re simply sincere nods to being a bonafide Hollywood legend.

The impossibly charming former 007 chatted to the Advertiser about Bond girls, gadgets and getting in to showbiz, ahead of his appearance in Buxton in November.

Speaking suavely on the phone from Monaco, where he and his wife Christina “Kiki” Tholstrup summer, the 85-year-old was in good humour as he spoke humbly about his most famous role.

“It was a lot of fun. It was like being part of a grand family as with each film we travelled with more or less the same crews,” he said.

Famously criticised for making light of Bond, Sir Roger said his favourite role was portraying drug smuggling pilot Shawn Fynn in The Wild Geese in 1978. “It was the only part which involved me actually acting,” he quipped.

The UNICEF ambassador, who was knighted for his charity work in 2003, admitted he didn’t always dream of acting: “I’d left school very early. I was working as an animator on instruction films for the Navy when I found myself unemployed.”

As an extra on 1945 film Caesar and Cleopatra, he was singled out by chance: “I was seen because I had a spear that was too long or a suit that was too short.”

Ahead of his audience Q&A, he said: “I’ll answer anything.

“I’m always asked who my favourite Bond girl and gadget is. And I always say something different.”

On Friday, he revealed it was Maud Adams and a magnetic watch that could unzip dresses.

An Evening With Sir Roger Moore takes place on Thursday, 14 November at 7.30pm, at Buxton Opera House.

Tickets cost £24 or £26 and are available through the box office by calling 0845 127 2190.